Milford Mill has won many different types of games en route to an undefeated start this year.
The seventh-ranked Millers have won the heart-stoppers, the blowouts and even the boring ones. Last night, they won the ugly one.
The host Millers (15-0, 13-0) used a 10-0 run midway through the third quarter to defeat rival Catonsville, 63-56, in a Baltimore County 1A-2A game that featured pushes and verbal barbs being by both teams.
Blanchard Hurd led the Millers with 24 points and 16 rebounds.
"That was the most aggressive game verbally we've been in all season," Milford Mill coach Homer Seidel said of the game, which had five technical fouls.
"There was a lot of talk in the neighborhood before the game, and it carried over onto the court."
With the teams tied at 30 just after the half, Catonsville (11-6, 9-4),got away from the slow tempo it had dictated in the first half, and the Millers used the increased pace to go on a 10-0 run to take the lead, 40-30.
Keon Sellman scored four points during the run.
"They stepped it up there," said Comets forward Eddie Garrett, Catonsville's leading scorer with 20 points.
"We were trying to slow it down because we knew the fast break was their game, but it kind of got away from us."
Catonsville went on a run of its own after that.
After a technical foul to Milford Mill's Jermaine Dunn, Catonsville's Herman Cooper sparked a 9-4 spurt to cut the lead, but again the Millers pulled away.
A three-pointer and a dunk by Sellman ran the lead back to 10 at 49-39.
Catonsville made a run in the last minute, but got no closer than four, 59-55, on a three-pointer by Jeff Mohler with 25 seconds left.
"It came down to the fact that they were controlling the paint when it counted," said Catonsville coach Art Gamzon.
"They got on the run in the third quarter and we gave up some easy shots."
Seidel said he was not happy with the way his team played, and most of all, with the talking.
"My team had too much talk and not enough action," he said.
"We weren't serious tonight. Luckily for us, we got serious. I was very unhappy with our performance and we have no excuses."
hTC Garrett said: "You have to give them credit. There was a lot of trash talking, but they played 'D' when it counted, and that was the difference."