Wesley Milam scored 10 second-half points and Michael Graham 11 to boost Spingarn to a 61-56 victory over St. John's for the championship of the Beltway Classic tournament last night at Dunbar.
Spingarn (23-6) took a 30-28 lead at the half on Milam's jumper at the buzzer. The 6-foot-4 junior threw in four straight long jumpers to give Spingarn its biggest lead, 38-28, with 5:20 left in the third period.
Milam's outside shooting was crucial because the Cadets (23-7) had effectively cut off Spingarn center Graham, who scored only three points in the first half.
"They were playing a 2-3 zone because they wanted to stop Mike inside," said Milam. "I got the green light from Coach (John) Wood to take the outside shot. Once I got the first one down, I felt I could hit anything I put up."
Milam finished with 16 points on eight-of-11 shooting from the floor.
With St. John's concerned about Milam's long-range bombs, Graham began to work inside. The 6-foot-9 sophomore roamed for easy shots and drew fouls from the smaller Cadets.
Graham scored eight points in the fourth period when St. John's staged a comeback.
Mark Daly (16 points, 10 assists, six steals) played brilliantly for the Cadets. The junior guard scored six points and came up with two steals to cut the Spingarn lead to 57-52 with 2:30 left in the game.
But Graham, the tournament's most valuable player, sank two free throws, scored on a breakaway slam dunk and blocked a shot to give Spingarn the title.
Spingarn forward Andre McMillan played an important role in the Green Wave victory, finishing with 14 points and keeping the ball alive for second and third shots.