At 6 feet 8, Calvert Hall's Jon Graham is more than enough for any team to handle.
Add in fellow forward Damion Lee and the task becomes that much more daunting.
Last night against visiting Milford Mill, the junior duo dominated the inside at both ends - scoring, rebounding and blocking shots to lead the No. 6 Cardinals to a sturdy 67-55 win over the No. 8 Millers.
Graham scored 17 points, blocked five shots and made the Millers (0-1) often settle for outside shots. Lee, 6-4, scored a game-high 20 and helped spark a pivotal second-quarter stretch in which the Cardinals (2-0) built a comfortable lead that would stay that way.
"They are both three-year varsity players and have been through the battles," Calvert Hall coach John Bauersfeld said. "I think they know this could be a real good year for us, and they're bringing it."
Leading 18-16 after the first quarter, the Cardinals rolled off the first seven points of the second and outscored the Millers 19-7 in the period to take a 37-23 lead at the half. The Millers never got the deficit under double digits in the second half.
Graham and Lee each accounted for six points in the second quarter, with senior guard Shawn Holmes providing a three-pointer in the opening minute to help get things started.
The Millers, who got 15 points from Xavier Drake and 13 from Isaiah McCray, went 5-for-15 in the quarter and finished the game shooting 28 percent.
Bauersfeld said a key was the Cardinals' high-low game of working the ball inside and outside.
"The effort was real strong from start to finish," he said. "I was real happy what we brought to the table."