Well, so much for Milford Mill Academy’s boys’ basketball team’s claim to the area’s No. 1 ranking.
No. 9 Lake Clifton knocked off the fifth-ranked Millers, 55-46, at the 16th annual Basketball Academy Saturday at Lake Clifton. No. 1 Dunbar boys’ and No. 10 Edmondson were victorious Saturday as well as top-ranked Aberdeen girls, which edged No. 7 Dunbar.
Junior guard Daquan Ross led all scorers with 16 points for Lake Clifton (15-2 overall) and Aaron Parks added 11. Katrell Myers had 11 points for Milford Mill (13-2) and Tyson Smith finished with 10.
After knocking off No. 1 Dunbar Thursday evening at Lake Clifton, Milford Mill was bogged down Saturday by a tenacious Lakers zone. Lake Clifton coach Herman Harried credited his backcourt for handling Milford Mill’s defense in the critical final minutes.
“We fought through their pressure,” said Harried. “Our guards could’ve handled it better but they did enough to get through this game. We were just able to make a couple of more plays.”
Tied at 34 entering the final quarter, Lake Clifton went on a 13-3 run, capped by a basket from Kevin Carr, to open up a 47-37 advantage with three minutes remaining. Milford Mill climbed to within 51-46 after a drive by Chase Cormier with 33 seconds remaining.
The two-time defending Class 3A champ Millers amped their pressure, and Kyle Thomas made a steal near his team’s basket. But Thomas, who along with Isaiah Miles was the difference in Thursday’s victory over Dunbar, couldn’t convert.
It was a struggle for Milford Mill, which didn’t claim its first lead until Dedrick Lee’s basket early in the third quarter. The Millers’ largest lead was 28-25 before Ross regained the advantage for Saint Lo Drive school with a three-pointer.
Lake Clifton’s momentum appeared to be stunted when Parks missed all three free throw attempts after being fouled on a three-point attempt with just 0.7 seconds remaining in the third quarter. But the Lakers’ defense remained vigilant, keeping Milford Mill without a field goal for nearly five minutes.
“Coach always tells us we have to fight and use our heart no matter what,” said Ross. “We knew they had jumpers and we had to box out.”
“We knew Lake Clifton wasn’t going to be a pushover,” said Milford Mill coach Albert Holley. “The 2-3 zone is designed to disrupt your offense and we played right into it. We didn’t play smart and lost our minds.”
Dunbar needed a fourth quarter surge to turn back Prince George’s County Friendly, 55-44, as Gavin Pettiford scored a game-high 18 points and senior guard Evan Singletary added 10. The Poets (14-1) will meet Edmondson in a key Baltimore City Division I match Tuesday.
After nearly blowing a huge lead Friday against Friendly, the Red Storm demolished 19th ranked Edgewood, 66-37, Saturday. Junior guard Isaiah Tripp led all scorers with 19 points for Edmondson, and Rishard Lane and Darius Walker each finished with 10.
Owings Mills handed No. 20 Patterson Mill its second straight loss, 55-40. DeShawnte Lloyd scored 17 points for Owings Mills, and junior Ceontay Coit added 13.
In arguably the best game of the boys’ set, Digital Harbor outlasted New Town, 66-63, in double overtime. Jalen Clarke sent the game into the first overtime with a three-pointer with a second left in regulation for New Town.
The Titans, holding a 56-55 with 14 seconds left in the first overtime, turned the ball over while attempting to inbounds. Digital Harbor’s Ronald Epps converted a free throw with 9.9 seconds left, forcing a second extra session.
The Rams (7-7) finally broke away in the second overtime as Derrin Johnson hit a three-pointer with 1:10 to play and Epps later followed with two free throws.
After pounding No. 3 Digital Harbor girls Friday, No. 1 Aberdeen (16-0) used a late fourth quarter push to turn away Dunbar, 60-48, to remained unbeaten. Junior center Bri Jones posted another double-double with 21 points and 19 rebounds, and TK Fowkles added 13.
Senior forward Michelle Wright had a game-high 23 points for Dunbar, which pulled even at 43 with the Harford County power midway in the fourth. The Eagles outscored the defending Class 1A champs, 17-5, the remainder of the way, clearing arguably their final toughest hurdle left on their regular season schedule.
Digital Harbor held Randallstown to a field goal in the opening half en route to a 49-22 rout. Miqueara Lewis scored 12 points for the Rams (14-5), and Penn State University-bound center Infiniti Alston finished with 11.
No. 5 Poly upped its mark to 15-0 with a 67-35 rout of Woodlawn. Jasmine Smith led the Engineers with 11 points, and Blair Harding added 10.