Milford Mill coach Michael Silverman said his team played its best game of the season Saturday. The No. 4 Millers’ timing was perfect as they routed Potomac, of Prince George’s County, in the Class 3A state championship game, 84-55, at the University of Maryland’s Comcast Center.
It was Milford Mill’s third title in the past four years.
Silverman, a first-year coach, said his team thrived on the low expectations that were put on the Millers coming into the season.
“Everybody doubted us this year,” said Silverman, who was a Milford Mill assistant for the previous four years. “There was a new head coach coming into the program. All new starters. Guys that didn’t play much at all last year. But we set a common goal before the season, and we stressed it every day.”
It was the second state title for Milford Mill’s Dedrick Lee, Davonte Williams and Bruce Watkins.
Allen Costley, a 6-foot-5 junior forward, helped sparked the Millers early with eight points in the first quarter. He finished with 16 in 17 minutes, going 6-for-6 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. He picked up his second foul late in the first quarter and sat out the entire second.
“Allen brought a ton of energy,” Silverman said.
Milford Mill sophomore point guard Justin Jenifer had 17 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, while Watkins added 14 points, four steals and four rebounds.
Walter Broddie led the Wolverines (22-4) with 16 points and Dion Wiley had 10.
The Millers (26-2) scored 25 points off of 18 Potomac turnovers and dominated the Wolverines inside, holding a 47-32 edge in rebounds.
“They hammered us on the boards,” said Potomac coach Renard Johnson, whose team shot 31 percent from the field. “We just didn’t respond. I told my guys going into the game, ‘If we get outrebounded by 15, we might as well not show up.”
The Millers led from start to finish and jumped out to a 10-4 advantage early in the first quarter. They led, 21-13, at the end of the period and quickly took control in the second quarter, using a 15-3 run in the first four minutes of the period to push the margin to 36-16.
Milford Mill led, 41-26, at halftime and began the third quarter with a 15-4 run to make it 56-30.
“I thought we did a great job of moving the ball offensively, attacking the rim and making quality shots,” Silverman said.
Milford Mill 84, Potomac 55
MM – Jackson 8, Watkins 15, Jenifer 17, Costley 16, Williams 9, Alston 2, Byrd 3, Lee 5, White 6, Cooper 1, Carter, 2. Totals: 37 22-30 84.
P – Broddie 16, Winn 2, Wiley 10, Dickson 2, Smith 6, Saunders 6, Ridley 1, Newman, 7, Jenkins, 2, Rose 3. Totals: 18 16-21 53.
Half: MM, 41-26