Boys Basketball Beats Tabor in Overtime
by The Milton Measure on Friday, February 24th, 2012
On a day when Freshman Boys Basketball took their nail biting game into a thrilling overtime and when JV Boys Hockey capped off a stunning 4-3 comeback win on a goal with 0.6 seconds left, it was only fitting that Boys Varsity Basketball would go into double overtime. As if challenging their fellow student athletes in anything-you-can-do-we-can-do-better fashion, the Varsity Boys (14-7) battled a strong Tabor squad (14-9) to a 65-64 victory.
Down one point with under a minute remaining in the second overtime, Coach Lamar Reddicks called a time out to draw up a play. Five mustangs walked onto the court to deafening cheers from a packed ACC court 3.
“Having all the fans there to cheer us on was a big help, especially in a double OT game,” said junior guard Ryan Rizzo. “You get tired, but having what feels like the whole school behind you makes you forget about [fatigue].”
Eric Davis (I) took the ball, poised to execute the play outlined by Reddicks moments before. Davis inbounded to Travis Sheldon (I) but a strong defensive effort by Tabor stymied the Mustangs’ effort to get the ball into the hands of Davis or fellow senior Jesse Pagliuca.
The third option was Nick Pagliuca. With de facto diversions Davis and the elder Pagliuca covered off of their picks, Sheldon dished the ball to an open Nick Pagliuca in the corner. With 9 seconds until the buzzer, Pagliuca released the ball to the hoop, and after hitting the rim, it dropped in for two points and the lead for good.
When asked what it felt like to score the winning basket, Pagliuca simply said: “it was awesome.”
And it was. The dozens of Milton students in attendance stormed the court from all angles to mob the players. It was a glorious sight, as players and fans were not only celebrating the thrilling victory, but also the continuation of a nine game win streak and a chance to claim second place in the ISL, should they win their remaining two games on the schedule.
Said Coach Reddicks: “Anytime you win a close game to a good team in the closing seconds its huge…the fun thing for me was that it was a team effort! I’m very proud of our guys.”
Through the first half, Milton’s defense was anything but excellent. Considering the high octane shut down defense they exhibited in the second half and the overtimes, poor defense is decidedly not Milton’s key to success. When the team’s defense is on point, Milton is capable of beating any team in the league.
If the defense stays stellar, Milton is in good position to win their remaining games and have success in the playoffs.
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