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Drew forward Devontae Cacock looks to pass the ball as he is guard by a Mundy’s Mill defender in the first quarter of the Region 4-AAAAA, Div. A game on Friday.
RIVERDALE —Mundy’s Mill put off the inevitable long enough.
For 16 -plus minutes the Tigers played with fire without getting burned. Finally, their luck ran out and Mundy’s Mill was scorched by 27 turnovers in falling 87-67 at Drew in a hotly-contested, sometimes chippy game.
The win might be bittersweet for the Titans, however, as starting guard Brandon Clyde was forced to leave the physical affair due to injury.
“This game got too physical,” Drew coach Jarrod Davis said. “My starting guard has possibly a fractured wrist because we’re playing too physical in a game that’s [out of reach].”
Mundy’s Mill kept the game in reach early despite committing nine turnovers in each of the first two quarters. The Tigers saw a 17-12 deficit after the first quarter balloon to 33-19.
Mundy’s Mill went on to score the next nine points, the last four on a Franklin Keese four-point play, and trailed 33-28 with 1:53 left before halftime.
But turnovers reared its ugly head again as Drew took a 37-28 halftime lead after a Maleek Taylor three-point play.
“Sometimes the youth kicks in,” Mundy’s Mill coach Royal Maxwell said. “We were down five for a two minute period and we turned the ball over at least four times. When you have a more experienced team, at that point is when you buckle down.”
Mundy’s Mill started the third quarter with two turnovers as the giveaways continued. Drew built a lead as large as 28 points after a Bryson Duckworth put back. Duckworth, Devontae Cacock, and DaMarco Smith all had 16 points for the Titans, as they had five players in double figures.
“One thing we do is share the ball well,” Davis said.
Keese led the Tigers with 19 points.
The physicality of the game came to ahead when, Jonathon Celestine of Mundy’s Mill was called for an intentional foul on Smith.
Drew (13-8, 11-2) will await word on the status of Clyde and look forward to their regular season finale, a home contest Tuesday with Mount Zion, which will be a battle for the Region 4-AAAAA, Div. A title.
Meanwhile, Mundy’s Mill (7-17, 3-8) will close out its season Tuesday with Forest Park and is hoping for a meeting with Drew again in the second round of the region tournament.
“Playing Drew on a neutral court, I’ll take my chances,” Maxwell said. “I’m looking forward to seeing them again.”