Milford Mill guard Kenny Bostic did not get hot until the third quarter last night. And when he did, he burned Westminster.
Bostic scored 22 of his game-high 24 points in the final 14 minutes, including four of No. 8 Milford Mill's eight in overtime as Westminster Classic
the Millers hung on for a 65-63 win in the championship game of the Westminster Holiday Classic.
No. 20 Aberdeen (5-2), which lost to Milford Mill by forfeit on Wednesday because buses could not leave Harford County, also had a rough night. The Eagles edged Linganore (1-6), 56-55, in the consolation game on a Freddie Cole put-back with 0:54 left.
In the title game, however, Bostic ignited a Milford Mill team that was flat much of the night.
"We still have problems," said Milford Mill coach Homer Seidel. "We're still not playing at championship level."
The Millers, missing guard Brian Whorley due to illness, rarely ran their trademark fast break.
In addition, Westminster (2-5) kept the tempo slow. The Owls ran their half-court offense well, got back on defense and, in general, gave Milford Mill (5-0) fits.
"I thought we played with a lot of heart and intensity," said Westminster coach Dave Byers. "That's the way we have to play."
But both coaches agreed Bostic was the difference. He scored 22 of the Millers' final 31 points.
Bostic reeled off the final 14 points of the third quarter as the Millers rallied for a 48-39 lead.
"I don't know what it was, but after the first couple of shots I felt pretty good," said Bostic, who is suffering from bronchitis.
And he kept scoring. Bostic scored four of the Millers' nine in the fourth quarter, which ended in a 57-57 tie. His two free throws with 13 seconds left gave the Millers a 57-54 lead, but Charles Van Horn hit a three-pointer with five seconds left to tie.
After Milford Mill turned the ball over, the Owls had a chance to win it, but Mark Loscomb missed a 10-footer at the buzzer.
Bostic took over again in the overtime. He hit another three-pointer to give the Millers a 60-57 lead. Bostic then fed Blanchard Hurd (14 points, 14 rebounds) for a short jumper and a five-point lead with 1:51 left.
The Owls rallied once more, as Loscomb hit a short jumper, and Chris High (16 points) made two free throws to cut the lead to 62-61 with 33 seconds left.
Enter Bostic once more. The guard made the front end of a one-and-one and Keon Sellman (10 points) sealed the victory with two free throws.
Westminster got a good performance from forward Russell DeMont. He played well inside, scoring 15 against Hurd and Jermaine Dunn (13 points, 15 rebounds). Van Horn gave a strong effort for the second straight night, finishing with 15 points.