COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Devin Hanner had a game-high 19 points and 17 rebounds as Milford Mill earned its second straight Class 3A state title Saturday with a 56-44 victory over Centennial.
Milford Mill (25-2) hadn’t won a state title since 1994 before taking last year’s Class 3A crown. This is the school’s fifth state championship.
The 6-foot-5 Hanner was the only Milford Mill player who scored in double figures, and Centennial (20-7) couldn’t stop him. He made seven of 10 shots from the field. In addition, Hanner’s four blocks were more than the entire Centennial team, which finished with three blocks.
Kentrell Myers added nine points and four rebounds while Duane Miller helped with eight points and eight rebounds. Seven of his rebounds were on the offensive end.
Milford Mill dominated on the boards, out-rebounding Centennial, 48-32.
Centennial had never even made the state final four before this season, and the Eagles appeared unsteady early and got off to a very slow start, getting just one basket in the first quarter as Milford Mill rolled to a 13-2 lead and never trailed.
The Millers had a 17-4 lead early in the second quarter as the Eagles just couldn’t find their way on offense. Centennial made just one of 10 shots in the first quarter and shot an anemic 17 percent from the field in the first half, making only five of 29.
Despite those problems, Centennial was in the game at halftime as Milford Mill wasn’t able to pull away. The Millers held a 21-16 halftime lead but scored the first six points of the second half to take charge.
Matt Harbinson and Keyonte Potts both led Centennial with 11 points.
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