Unranked Comets fire by Millers in second OT; Haynei leads Catonsville; trey ties game in regulation


Another ranked opponent on the road. Another victory for unranked Catonsville.

The Comets made No. 19 Milford Mill their latest victim last night, outlasting the Millers, 72-67, in double overtime in a Baltimore County 3A-4A League game.

The victory gave Catonsville (8-1 overall, 6-0 league) sole possession of first place after battling back from late deficits in regulation and the first overtime.

In the second overtime, the Comets assumed command, building a five-point cushion, then sealing the outcome with four straight free throws, six overall in the last period.

Sophomore Mike Haynei scored 14 points to lead Catonsville, including a game-tying three-pointer in regulation. Andy Ford added 12. Jason Ross led Milford Mill with a game-high 21.

Ford opened the second overtime with a three-pointer. That was followed by two free throws by Sam Adams (11 points). Richard Johnson brought Milford Mill to 68-67 with 2: 08 left with a jumper, then hit two free throws after coming up with steal.

The teams exchanged turnovers, and Ford added two free throws with 31.8 seconds left. After a miss by Johnson, Steve Remlich converted two free throws with eight seconds remaining.

"We don't have guys 6-5 or guys with blazing speed, but we're a team," said Catonsville coach Jim Rhoades, whose squad has lost only to Loyola. "When we were behind, I just told them to be patient and run our offense."

The Comets opened the season by knocking off Edgewood, a Class 2A state semifinalist last season which was then ranked No. 19, by 56-54, and then-No. 10 Mount St. Joseph, which reached the Catholic League Tournament semifinals last March, by 56-44.

Last night's "road trick" by Catonsville was probably the best, defeating a Milford Mill team (11-2, 5-1) that had only lost to then-No. 6 Lake Clifton.

His team trailing 56-52, Ford hit two free throws with 14.3 seconds left in regulation. Ford fouled Chad Mickens, who hit the first free throw but missed his second.

After a couple of Catonsville timeouts, Adams spotted Haynei, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, left of the arc, and he connected just before time expired in regulation.

"We just never gave up," said Haynei, who scored all of his points in the second half. "We don't want to be known as giant-killers, but the team to beat."

Catonsville trailed 63-59 with 1: 15 remaining in the first overtime before Haynei scored, bringing the Comets within two. Milford Mill turned the ball over on the next possession, and William Augustono scored on a layup for the Comets, tying the game at 63 with 28 seconds left and pushing it into the second overtime.

Pub Date: 1/21/99

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