Miller’s boys basketball team has been through the ringer already this season battling fantastic prep teams and postgraduate teams. In the process, the Mavericks have put together an uncharacteristic record significantly south of .500.
Rival Blue Ridge found out, as they surely suspected, that that 5-10 record was hiding an awfully good basketball team.
The Mavericks rolled 89-47 in the most lopsided installment of the rivalry game between the two traditional powers in some time as Blue Ridge continued to endure a rebuilding season.
Friday, the inside-outside game of Miller point guard Cam Smith and Gui Guimaraes was the difference for the Mavericks as Guimaraes posted a 15-point, 10-rebound night and Smith finished with 18 points, four assists and four steals.
Smith put together a single stretch in the first half where he stole two straight inbounds passes and dunked once before putting in an easy lay-in off the second steal.
“Cam’s been phenomenal all year,” said Miller coach Ralf Melis. “He’s barely had a bad game at all and a lot of it is not just the points but just being our ultimate leader. It’s the same on the court or off the court, he’s in charge.”
The Mavericks jumped out to a 23-16 lead in the first quarter and continued to pull away from there, leading 49-25 at the break.
Harrison Brown hit a pair of 3-pointers as part of a 10-point effort by the junior that helped Miller put away the Barons. Connor Schroeder also finished with 10 points. Davon Smith chipped in with four assists.
Blue Ridge got a strong performance from Juan Porta with 14 points and 11 rebounds, but struggled otherwise to get into a rhythm and flow on either end of the floor.
Miller will look to keep the momentum going against Genesis Academy while the Barons will take on Millwood next week.