Old Mill's defense seemed to disappear along with its free-throw shooting, but the Patriots held on for a sloppy 55-48 victory over Broadneck last night in Cape St. Claire.
The 15th-ranked visitors took an 18-point lead (50-32) with about four minutes remaining and scored just five points the rest of the way to 16 by the Bruins.
The Patriots' final five points came from the foul line in 12 attempts, while the No. 16 Bruins hit six of 12 from the floor after making only 12 of their first 48 shots.
Jason Burton had a hot hand for the Bruins down the stretch. The 6-foot-6 junior tossed in 10 of his 13 points on a pair of three-pointers, a two-point basket and two free throws to make it close.
"Normally, we're a pretty good foul-shooting team, but tonight we missed some foul shots down the stretch," said Old Mill coach Paul Bunting.
"And we also got a little bit complacent on the defensive end, especially board-wise, and they got second shots for layups, which is something they had not been doing. In the closing moments, they owned the boards."
What saved the Patriots (11-2, 6-1) was the shooting of 6-2 senior guard Tim Smith, who had 21 points including five three-pointers. Smith, who hit four of his three-pointers in the first half, was 46 percent (6-for-13) from the floor, 55 percent (5-for-9) from three-point range.
While he did not score a field goal in the final eight minutes, Smith did make three of the team's five free-throw attempts down the stretch.
It was Old Mill's second victory over Broadneck (7-5, 4-2) this season. The two teams were surprise finalists back in December in the Wes Unseld Invitational at Catonsville Community College and Old Mill came out on top, 53-43.
Last night was quite a contrast from that game, when Old Mill outscored Broadneck 23-9 in the final quarter and had three scorers in double figures. Besides Smith, the only Patriot in double figures last night was Noel Cruz (12).
The Patriots' 6-4 senior, Craig Hall, who had 10 points in the first game, did not score in the first half last night and finished with four points and six rebounds.
Broadneck's 6-1 Jeff Logan took Hall out of the game and finished with 14 points to tie Lehrman Dotson for team-high honors.
Logan also had 12 rebounds, but the Bruins did not handle the ball well. They started the last quarter with their 16th turnover.
"We just did not play very well, especially in the middle two quarters," said Bruins coach Ken Kazmarek. "We didn't get offensive opportunities because we didn't handle the ball well, but I guess we can give credit to Old Mill. Logan shut down Hall and had a great game, but he and Lehrman can't do everything."
Pub Date: 1/20/99