Avenge and Advance: Miller boys beat Hargrave to advance to title game

Miller’s boys basketball team didn’t exit the Blue Ridge Athletic Conference tournament on their terms. A team that has played one of the hardest schedules in the area and arguably the state, the Mavericks simply didn’t get the job done on the road against Hargrave just a week ago.


They got the job done Friday.


Miller rolled 62-38 over the Tigers in their four matchup this season, leaning on a stifiling defense and a huge performance by Eli DeLaurier who finished with 22 points and eight rebounds in the VISAA Division II state semifinals. With the win, the Mavericks will get a shot at a state championship Saturday at 3 p.m. when they square off with Highland at Virginia State University.


Jordan Horne finished with 16 points, five rebounds and six assists while running the point for the Mavericks and senior Austin Ball finished with 11 points and eight rebounds. DeLaurier and Ball each had three steals.


The Mavericks beat Highland back in December 61-53. Now they’ll get a chance to take home some hardware if they can beat the Hawks again.