Boys Varsity Basketball
by The Milton Measure on Friday, February 10th, 2012
Last Friday, the Boys’ Varsity Basketball team traveled to Brooks for perhaps the Mustangs’ biggest game of the season. With both teams tied in league standings, the winner would take sole possession of 2nd place in the ISL. This game for a grudge match for the Milton team, as Brooks handed the team one of only two losses in the ISL last year. The house was filled to capacity, and from the very tip-off, the Mustangs were looking for vengeance.
Offensively, Milton used primarily its Williams-style sets as well as its secondary fast break sets in the first half. The team clicked offensively in the first half, led by Eric Davis (I), who hit four threes in the first half and had six threes overall. On the defensive side, the Mustangs rose to the challenge against the explosive Brooks offense, which has three seniors with basketball scholarship offers and a junior who will be recruited just as fervently. The Mustangs’ defensive rotation was solid, and the combination of good defense and offense gave Milton a 34-28 lead at halftime.
The second half was a slugfest for the two teams. Milton fought hard to maintain a solid lead, but Brooks slowly inched their way back, and were only down 2 points to the Mustangs with 20 seconds remaining in the game. After playing great defense for the first 10 seconds, Travis Sheldon (I), who had difficulties with the slick floor all night, slipped, and Brooks’ point guard Aaron Davis capitalized with a jumper to tie the game at 56-56. Veteran coach Lamar Reddicks called a timeout after the shot, stopping the clock with 5 seconds left. Brooks defended the ensuing inbounds play well, and the inbounder wisely took the safe option, getting the ball to Travis in the backcourt at the opponent’s free throw line. In less than 3 seconds, he was at the three point line, giving him enough time for a stutter-move, before exploding to the hoop and using his trademark scoop to find daylight in double coverage. The ball left his hand before the buzzer, finding the net, giving the Mustangs a 58-56 victory, and sole possession of second place in the ISL.
While Travis’s shot was incredible, and he played a great game at point guard, Eric Davis really stood out, hitting 6 of 8 threes in the game and finishing with 18 points. The game was the culmination of hard work in practice, and the Mustangs look like they are hitting their stride, especially on the defensive end. They have won 4 games in a row and look to carry this momentum throughout the rest of the season. The Mustangs have a home game this Saturday, and would love your support!
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