No. 7 Millers move to closer to Baltimore County boys’ hoops final; Goodwin scores 21 (VIDEO HERE!!)

Jordan Goodwin (left) finished with a game-high 21 points while top reserve Ugo Obasi added 14 for Milford Mill Academy Friday evening against Dundalk. The No. 7 Millers won 64-56 to remain atop the Baltimore County League’s Division I.

by Donald Daniels
Dundalk High hit first in its Baltimore County boys’ basketball Division I match with Milford Mill Academy Friday evening.
But the Millers hit harder. No. 7 Milford Mill defeated the 20th-ranked Owls, 64-56, to remain in sole possession of first.
Senior guard Jordan Goodwin lead the way for the Millers (14-2 overall) scoring a game-high 21 points while Ugo Obasi came off the bench and provided a spark scoring 14 points. Michael Johnson finished with a team-high 15 points for Dundalk.
The Washington Avenue school overcame an early deficit, improving to 9-0 in divisional play. The top finisher in Division I and II will meet for the Baltimore County title, Feb. 20 at Towson University’s SECU Arena.
The Millers never trailed after a 16-0 first half run and led 35-22 at halftime. The Owls made a fourth quarter run before the visitors pulled away for their seventh straight victory.
“This was a good win for us,” Milford Mill coach Ryan Smith said. “We got a tough stretch of games left and if we play well we will put ourselves in position to play for the county championship.”
Dundalk (14-4, 8-2 Division I) got off to a quick 4-0 advantage, but Goodwin slashed through the Owl defense for a layup, starting the 16-0 run. Goodwin had eight points during the spurt that was capped with Obasi’s long jumper.
The Millers advanced the lead to 28-13 in the second quarter, but Dundalk went on an 8-2 run to cut the deficit briefly to single digits. Trailing double-digits for most of the second half, the Owls got to within 50-44 in the fourth, energizing their faithful.
The duo of Goodwin and Obasi immediately answered, combining for 10 of Milford Mill’s final 14 points. Goodwin scored all of his six points from the free throw line while Obasi netted a pair of layups.
“It was about intensity, coach told us we had to run the press to slow them [Dundalk] down on defense,” Obasi said. “On offense we just kicked the ball around to break down their press.”
“It was all about playing smart in the end,” said Goodwin. “We were taking a lot of bad shots and Ugo said slow it down and we did that and got some good shots.”
Jaylon Johnson added 12 points for Dundalk, and Gates Cook came off the bench to score 10. The loss knocked the Owls out of the county final picture.
“The game plan was there, but the execution wasn’t,” Dundalk coach Steve Oppenheim. “They [Milford Mill] were hitting their shots and we couldn’t get out an run. We didn’t rebound that well and just keep turning the ball over.”
The Millers take on Hereford Saturday in a Division I match, and visit No. 18 New Town Wednesday, with the winner likely taking the division title. Monday, Milford Mill visits No. 10 Perry Hall in a rematch of last year’s county final.
No. 7 Milford Mill Academy 64, Dundalk 56
Milford Mill: Obasi 14, Milton 4, Parker 3, Turner 4, Je. Goodwin 7, Jo. Goodwin 21, Smith 4, Woods 7. Totals 22 17-22 64
Dundalk: Basby 11, Cook 10, Brown 5, M. Johnson 15, J. Johnson 12, Fedd 2. Totals 20 13-16 56.
Milford Mill 16 19 15 19 – 64
Dundalk 6 16 12 22 – 56