With 17 wins and a growing confidence, Dulaney took another shot at visiting Milford Mill Wednesday night in a matchup that has been one-sided. The Lions came close, but were beaten again by the Millers.
Milford Mill extended its winning streak to eight over Dulaney with a 43-41 victory behind senior guard/forward Allen Costley's 14 points. It was the closest margin of victory for Milford Mill during that span.
"It does make a statement that we are right there to compete with the big boys," Dulaney coach Matt Lochte said. "They beat us tonight because they played for 32 minutes. I thought we played for about 28 minutes. We definitely let an opportunity slip away."
Five-time defending Baltimore County champion Milford Mill (14-5) can beat a team in a number of ways. The Millers did it in the fourth quarter and in the last few minutes because of its defense.
Milford Mill led, 42-41, with 1:16 remaining when the Millers' Reggie White Jr. blocked Stewart German's shot.
Fifty-six seconds later, Milford Mill got another clutch defensive play. This time it came from Elijah Cooper, who blocked Isaiah Lamb's shot.
Justin Jenifer put the Millers ahead, 43-41, with 4.8 seconds to go when he made the front end of a 1-and-1 free throw, but he missed the second one.
Dulaney (17-4) couldn't capitalize. Anthony Brown Jr. grabbed the rebound and ran out the clock.
"We figured out a way to get the win," Milford Mill coach Mike Silverman said. "It was playoff basketball. I am an alumnist from here. It was a great atmosphere, a great crowd. That's what basketball is about, especially at the high school level."
Milford Mill turned up the defensive pressure on Dulaney in the fourth quarter.
The Lions led, 37-33, with 5:07 remaining when the Millers went on a 9-0 run over the next 2:19. Dulaney committed four turnovers during that span.
"A few turnovers and an-ill advised shot here or there," Lochte said. "All those little situations at the end can really burn you in a close game at the end."
Jenifer added 10 points and Copper contributed nine. Dulaney 6-foot-8 senior forward Jon Sims, a transfer from Arizona, totaled 10 points and 12 rebounds. Teammate Scott Harrelson, a junior guard/forward, contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Lamb had 10 points.