Another county opponent took its chances against Milford Mill. Another county opponent was beaten.
No. 4 Milford Mill continued its domination over local competition Tuesday, posting a 70-62 win over visiting and No. 11 New Town in the Baltimore County championship yesterday.
The victory gave the Millers (21-2) their fifth straight county title.
They haven’t lost to a county team since Woodlawn beat them in December of 2009 to run the winning streak to 89 straight.
“We are getting ready to make a championship run,” said first-year Milford Mill coach Mike Silverman, whose team will open the regional tournament against the Patapsco-Eastern Tech winner in a Class 3A North Region quarterfinal on Feb. 28. “If we play to ability every single night, we will be a tough team to beat.”
Milford Mill received double figures in scoring from four players: Bruce Wilkins (16), Allen Costly (15), Justin Jenifer (15) and Dedrick Lee (11).
Senior forward Justin Brown led New Town with 29 points and teammate Daniel Shand chipped in 11 points.
New Town (19-3) had no answers for Milford Mill’s high-scoring offense.
The Millers shot 51 percent (27-for-50) from the field.
“Our defense was pretty much there, but they shot the hell out of the ball,” New Town coach Mike Daniel said. “You can’t give good teams open shots. We usually don’t give teams open shots, but we did today.”
New Town played better this time than when the Titans lost to Milford Mill in the regular season by 16 points in December.
The Titans led 32-28 in the middle of the second quarter before the Millers started to pick up their play.
Milford Mill closed the quarter on an 11-4 run to go ahead 39-32 at the half. Costly had seven points during that sequence.
“New Town came out a lot better than the first time we saw them,” Silverman said. “We maintained our composure. We knew defense was going to be a key factor and we really rose to the occasion in the second half.”
The Millers pushed the lead to 50-40 with a minute remaining in the third quarter.
Milford Mill boosted the advantage to 64-48 on Elijah Cooper’s layup in the middle of the fourth quarter.
“We didn’t play smart,” Daniel said. “We usually play hard and smart. I thought we played hard, but we didn’t play as smart as we could have on the offensive end of the floor.”