Boys Basketball Captures First-Ever ISL Title
by Nick DiGiovanni on Friday, March 8th, 2013
The Boys Varsity Basketball Team has had a phenomenal season this winter. Led by the irreplaceable Coach Reddicks, the team dominated the ISL, and finished with a record of 20-5 in regular season play, with only one league-loss, against Belmont Hill. It seemed to be a wake-up call for the team, and captain Nick Bland believes that after that game, the team “woke up and realized that [they] could lose to anyone, yet conversely [that they] could beat anyone…as well.”
On Nobles day, the team played an unbelievable game against the Bulldogs. The outcome would decide whether or not Milton brought home the ISL championship. The ACC bustled with loud and eager Milton fans. Throughout the game, the score stayed relatively even, with the Mustangs lagging a little behind. With 15.2 seconds to go, Milton grabbed a defensive board, and Coach Reddicks called a timeout. When the boys stepped back onto the court, they had only one chance to hit a game-winning shot. With Max Motroni (I) leading the offense, the Mustangs zipped three passes, and although surrounded by Nobles’ defenders, Alec Brennan (II) was able to tip in his own missed layup with just under 3 seconds left. As time expired, the scoreboard read: Milton: 54, Guest: 53. Fans flooded the court, piling on top of our victorious basketball team.
The Nobles game was a perfect ending (in the ISL) for the eight seniors on the team. Nick Bland, Nick Pagliuca, Andrew Haser, Ike Ngwudo, Chris Cahoon, Max Matroni, Justin Lamere, and Ryan Rizzo will all be greatly missed. As a result of the win over Nobles, they are not only ISL champions: they have also made history here at Milton. Milton’s boys varsity basketball team has never before won the ISL championship, making the win even more spectacular.
With the ISL championship secured, the team looked forward to their next goal: the Class A New England championship. The Stangs’ first matchup, against Tabor, was played on Wednesday, February 27th, and Milton pulled out yet another come-from-behind win. Sadly, Milton lost their semi-final playoff match at Exeter. Still, the boys had an amazing season, and their unprecedented accomplishments will never be forgotten. Go Stangs!
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