Rebounding lifts Old Mill over Southern, 75-71


Old Mill seems to find a different way to win each time out. Last night, it was offensive rebounding.

The Patriots took command of the boards in the second half, erased a 13-point Southern (Anne Arundel) lead and edged the visiting Bulldogs, 75-71, in a non-league Anne Arundel County game.

The victory was the ninth straight for No. 10 Old Mill (13-3) and avenged a 73-71 defeat at Southern Dec. 11. Southern, which enjoyed a hot start and led until 3 minutes, 30 seconds remained, fell to 10-6.

"We felt that when a team plays a 1-3-1 zone they're weakest on the baseline and can't get on the boards as well. Plus, Southern DTC is not a very big team," said Patriots coach Paul Bunting. "We felt that offensive rebounding could be a key tonight."

It was, as Old Mill scored repeatedly on follow shots in wiping out Southern's game-long edge.

The winners took their first lead, 65-64, when Shawn Craig converted Nijui Truesdale's artful feed to the baseline with 3:30 left.

Southern's Alvin Gross scored five straight points to give the Bulldogs their last lead, 69-65, but Old Mill -- which scored five of its seven fourth-quarter baskets on rebounds -- tied the score on follow shots by Damion Sewell and Will Crowner. Sewell's bucket in the lane then put the Patriots up for good, 71-69, with 1:47 to go.

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