Coming into the 13th annual Wes Unseld Holiday Tournament, defending champ Randallstown and Lake Clifton were expected to meet in the championship game.
Someone forgot to tell Old Mill and Broadneck.
Old Mill pulled off a 47-45 upset of the fourth-ranked and previously unbeaten Lakers in a semifinal contest last night at Catonsville Community College.
Earlier, Broadneck knocked off No. 10 Randallstown, 45-39, setting up an all-Anne Arundel County final, tonight at 8.
Craig Hall scored a game-high 19 points to lead Old Mill, and Tim Smith added 10. Javis Wiggins led Lake Clifton (4-1) with 12 points and Dale Byrd scored 11.
"This team plays together the best, although, offensively, we did a poor job at times because we shot the ball too quick," said Old Mill coach Paul Bunting. "If we get into an up-and-down game with Lake Clifton, we probably lose by 30."
Old Mill kept pace on the scoreboard, however. The largest margin for either team in the second half was three points, which Old Mill enjoyed.
It was a 46-43 lead for Old Mill with 25.6 seconds remaining after a free throw by Noel Cruz. Byrd drove the lane for a layup to bring Lake Clifton to within one with 9.2 seconds left.
After Hall was fouled with 7.9 seconds left, he received a big break. He missed both free throws, but the ball caromed off the front of the rim and back to him, and was fouled again with 3.5 seconds left.
Hall made the first, missed the second, leading to a Lake Clifton timeout with 2.5 seconds remaining. Brandon Haughton threw the inbounds pass to Andre Mouzone, whose 40-foot attempt fell short.
"It's my fault, we weren't ready to play," said Lake Clifton coach Herman Harried, whose team shot 18-for-52 from the field. "They did a great job, played extremely well and made good decisions. They simply beat us."
After a two-year absence, Broadneck (4-3) is back in the Unseld finals after holding off a charge by the Rams (6-1). The Bruins built an 11-point lead midway in the third quarter, only to see Randallstown get within one midway through the final period.
Despite no field goals in the final four minutes of the game, Broadneck shut down Randallstown, forcing four turnovers in the Rams' last five possessions.
"We wanted to be patient on offense and played good defense," said Bruins guard Lehrman Dotson, whose team will shoot for its sixth tournament title. "It has been a while since we've played in the championship, so we wanted to get back."
In consolation action, Jason Ross scored 15 points as No. 16 Milford Mill (6-1) pulled away for a 64-48 victory over Baltimore County rival Woodlawn (2-6). The Warriors, who reached the finals in 1996 and 1997, will play Hammond for seventh place.
Hammond (0-7) dropped a 66-36 decision to Edmondson (3-5). Eddie Colbert led the Redskins with 12 points. David Hines led all scorers with 16 for Hammond.
Pub Date: 12/30/98