The No. 1 Milford Mill boys basketball team knocked out another of its season goals on Friday night, one that has impressively become routine.
Led by a scintillating shooting performance from senior guard Chase Cormier, who scored a career-high 28 points, the Millers earned their fourth straight Baltimore County championship with a 76-45 win at Randallstown.
Milford Mill, also the two-time defending Class 3A state champions, took charge in the second quarter, limiting the Rams (17-5) to just one field goal in the span of seven-plus minutes to turn a 14-11 lead into a 37-18 halftime score. The Millers (19-2) have won 67 straight games against Baltimore County competition, dating back to December of 2008.
"I felt real good. My first year on varsity two years ago, we played them in the championship game and it was kind of personal because we only won by like two points," said Cormier, who scored 24 in the first half and missed only one shot all game — in the fourth quarter. "So this time I tried to get us going early. We have everybody on board and everybody is following my lead. I try to lead by example, so that was cool."
After hitting a 3-pointer midway through the first quarter for his first points, Cormier went on to make all eight of his first-half shots from the field, including two more threes and three three-point plays in the second quarter. He also made all five of his free throws to outscore the Rams on his own in the half.
"He got the party started for us," Milford Mill coach Albert Holley said. "That's Chase. He plays against the world, he plays with a chip on his shoulder and that's what makes him a good player and that's what makes him a good leader. He wants to win, and he pulls everybody in that direction with him. He's the reason we won tonight, because he got us started."
Milford Mill also got a big inside games at both ends from Katrell Myers (11 points) and Isaiah Miles (10 points), and the Millers' pressure defense bothered the Rams throughout the game.
"We preach to try to be the best, and we work hard to be the best," Holley said. "So when you accomplish a goal, it's a reward for the hard work."
As the top seed in the Class 3A North region, the Millers will now turn their attention toward capturing another state title with the region playoffs set to start next week.
The Rams got a team-high 14 points from Jerell Cooke, and Devin Smith added 13.
Baltimore County championship
No. 1 Milford Mill 76, Randallstown 45
R – Cooke 14, Smith 13, Baskins 7, Varner 4, Perry 2, Webb 2, McKenzie 3. Totals: 12 20-29 45
MM – Cormier 28, Myers 11, Miles 10, Thomas 6, Wilson 2, Watkins 2, Solomon 4, Williams 4. Totals: 29 14-23 76.
Half: MM, 37-18Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun