No. 7 Milford Mill hands No. 10 Perry Hall rare home loss in boys basketball, 69-66
By Mike Frainie
For The Baltimore Sun|
Feb 13, 2018 at 11:15 AM
On Monday night, Milford Mill did something that doesn’t happen often in Baltimore County. The Millers won a boys basketball game on Perry Hall’s home court, handing the Gators a 69-66 defeat.
The seventh-ranked Millers (16-2) outscored Perry Hall 15-14 in the fourth quarter to give the No. 10 Gators their first home defeat this season. Perry Hall (15-6) lost on senior night and fell to 34-2 in games when seniors Tyler Holley, Anthony Higgs, and Hardnett are playing.
The win also avenges a loss to the Gators in last year’s county championship game.
The game was tightly contested in the first quarter, with no team taking more than a one-possession lead. Early in the second, however, the Gators took a 27-21 lead on a jumper and foul shot by Anthony Higgs and a 3-pointer by D.J. Cloude.
The Millers scraped their way back into the game, going on a 12-5 run before two free throws by Kevin Ufua tied the game a 33-33. From that point on, Milford Mill went on another 8-3 run to take a 41-36 lead at the half.
The Millers started to run away after the half, Building a nine-point lead, 48-39, on a 3-pointer by Goodwin with 6:41 left in the third quarter.
Perry Hall, true to form, tied the game, 50-50, on a jumper by Hardnett with 1:25 left in the third quarter.
Milford Mill built an eight-point lead with 2:51 to play at 65-57, but the Gators rallied again. It appeared Perry Hall had tied the game 67-67 with 42.7 seconds left, but the Gators were called for a lane violation and Milford Mill held a 67-66 lead. After Goodwin made two free throws, Perry Hall attempted two 3-pointers to tie the game in the closing seconds but could not get either to fall.
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“We’ve been looking forward to this all year,” Goodwin said. “We stayed together and executed our game plan down the stretch, and I think we were in a little better shape than they were.”
For Perry Hall, the loss was heartbreaking on a night when it wanted to send its seniors out with a victory.
“They deserved to win the game, Gators coach George Panageotou said. “They played a tough down the stretch, and it wore us down. [Goodwin] just killed us. We tried everything to stop him, but he can beat you so many ways. We battled hard, but they executed better when it counted.”