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Big Week Awaits Boys Hoops Squad With Trio Of Games, Starting Monday At Withrow

Posted on: January 14, 2018

Big Week Awaits Boys Hoops Squad With Trio Of Games, Starting Monday At Withrow

 

SETTING THE SCENE: After winter weather caused a postponement in last Friday’s game at Withrow, the Milford High School boys basketball team will now enter a three-game week that begins with a rescheduled contest with the Tigers on Monday evening. That game is a big one as both the Eagles and Tigers enter the game with a 5-1 record in Eastern Cincinnati Conference play, good for a tie for second place in the league standings. The Withrow game is one of three this week as the Eagles will also travel to take on a tough Lebanon team in non-league action on Tuesday before returning home to host Anderson on Friday evening. Milford enters the week 7-2 overall on the year.

 

A LOOK BACK: January 9 vs. Kings: Milford 53, Kings 33

 

GAME REWIND

Milford held Kings to less than 10 points in three of four quarters, including a first quarter shutout as the Eagles raced by the Knights 53-33. A slow start to the game saw Milford leading just 7-0 after one quarter, but the home team’s offense came to life in the second quarter as they plowed to a 22-8 halftime lead and were never challenged from there.

 

RECORDS

Milford 7-2, 5-1 ECC

Kings 1-9, 1-5 ECC

 

KEY PLAYERS

Milford

Connor Foster 13 points

Jake Ayler 12 points, 5 rebounds

Brady Sluder 8 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists

 

Kings

Jake Peters 12 points

Jack McHugh 10 points

 

NUGGET OF NOTE: Junior Connor Foster easily established a new scoring career-best with his game-high 13 points. The 6’7” center’s previous best was eight points in a win over Loveland earlier this year.

 

FINAL GAME STATS

 

A LOOK AT THE OPPONENTS: A look at Milford’s schedule for the week:

  • Monday, Jan. 15 at Withrow, 7:30 p.m.
    • 2017-18 Record: 7-5, 5-1 ECC (RV Division I area coaches’ weekly poll)
    • Top Scorer: Junior Mike Hill, Jr. (13.1 ppg)
    • Last Meeting: 2016-17; Milford 53, Withrow 42, Withrow 49, Milford 33 & Withrow 52, Milford 45
  • Tuesday, Jan. 16 at Lebanon, 7:00 p.m.
    • 2017-18 Record: 9-3, 3-3 GWOC (9th Division I area coaches’ weekly poll)
    • Top Scorer: Senior Harrison Hookfin (15.4 ppg)
    • Last Meeting: 2016-17; Milford 53, Lebanon 43
  • Friday, Jan. 19 vs. Anderson, 7:30 p.m.
    • 2017-18 Record: 3-8, 2-4 ECC (NR Division I area coaches’ weekly poll)
    • Top Scorer: Senior Drew Huxtable (12.5 ppg)
    • Last Meeting: 2017-18; Milford 49, Anderson 39

 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: A look at Milford’s statistical leaders:

Points per game: Jake Ayler (14.2), Steven Huxell (9.8), Nathan Gallimore (9.1)

Assists per game: Steven Huxell (2.7), Jake Ayler/Nathan Gallimore (1.8)

Rebounds per game: Nathan Gallimore (4.7), Jake Ayler (4.4), Steven Huxell (4.1)

Steals: Steven Huxell (13), AJ Dickerson (7), Caleb Farrell/Nathan Gallimore (6)

Blocks: Hunter Pollitt (12), Connor Foster (4), Brady Sluder (3)

Field goal percentage: Hunter Pollitt (.600), Jake Ayler (.532), Brady Sluder (.500)

Three-point percentage: Jake Ayler (.650), Steven Huxell (.522), Nathan Gallimore (.413)

Free throw percentage: Nathan Gallimore (.818), Jake Ayler (.756), AJ Dickerson (.625)

 

PLENTY TO GO AROUND: The Eagles feature a roster with the potential to have a different leading scorer virtually every game. Throughout their careers on varsity and developmental levels, several players have shown the ability to be big-time scorers. Here is a look at the players who have led the Eagles in scoring this season: Jake Ayler (5), Connor Foster (1), Nathan Gallimore (1), Steven Huxell (1), Jake Ayler/Steven Huxell (1).

 

INSIDE THE ECC: Walnut Hills has jumped to a 7-0 start in league play to open a one and a half game advantage over a second place tie between Milford and Withrow. The knotted up second place duo will be separated as the two teams will battle on Monday night. The schedule for ECC conference games this week includes: Monday-Milford at Withrow; Friday-Anderson at Milford, Withrow at Kings, West Clermont at Walnut Hills and Turpin at Loveland.

 

POLL WATCH: Milford moved up one spot to eighth in the most recent Cincinnati Enquirer area Division I coaches’ poll that was released on Jan. 15. Princeton continues to lead the way, earning 9 of 13 first place votes to claim the top spot. Moeller with three first place votes is second, Oak Hills ranks third, Mason (with one first place vote) and Walnut Hills from the ECC round out the top-five. Withrow is also among teams earning votes this week. The coaches’ poll is released every Monday at Noon at preps.cincinnati.com/coachespolls.

 

Milford Eagles Season/Career Highs

Jake Ayler

Points—Season: 21 at Sycamore; Career: 21 at Sycamore (2017-18)

Rebounds—Season: 6 twice; Career: 6 twice (2017-18)

Assists—Season: 4 vs. Walnut Hills; Career: 4 vs. Walnut Hills (2017-18)

 

A.J. Dickerson

Points—Season: 8 at Loveland; Career: 8 at Loveland (2017-18)

Rebounds—Season: 4 three times; Career: 4 three times (2017-18)

Assists—Season: 3 at Harrison; Career: 3 at Harrison (2017-18)

 

Caleb Farrell

Points—Season: 5 at Turpin; Career: 7 at Glen Este (2016-17)

Rebounds—Season: 4 three times; Career: 4 three times (2017-18)

Assists—Season: 3 twice; Career: 3 twice (2017-18)

 

Connor Foster

Points—Season: 13 vs. Kings; Career: 13 vs. Kings (2017-18)

Rebounds—Season: 4 vs. McNicholas; Career: 4 vs. McNicholas (2017-18)

Assists—Season: 2 vs. Kings; Career: 2 vs. Kings (2017-18)

 

Nathan Gallimore

Points—Season: 19 Anderson; Career: 19 at Anderson (2017-18)

Rebounds—Season: 8 twice; Career: 8 twice (2017-18)

Assists—Season: 6 at Harrison; Career: 6 at Harrison (2017-18)

 

Steven Huxell

Points—Season: 16 at Harrison; Career: 16 at Harrison (2017-18)

Rebounds—Season: 7 at Sycamore; Career: 7 at Sycamore (2017-18)

Assists—Season: 5 at Anderson; Career: 5 at Anderson (2017-18)

 

Jack Liles

Points—Season: 5 at Turpin; Career: 5 at Turpin (2017-18)

Rebounds—Season: 2 vs. Kings; Career: 2 vs. Kings (2017-18)

Assists—Season: 2 vs. Kings; Career: 2 vs. Kings (2017-18)

 

Hunter Pollitt

Points—Season: 9 at Sycamore; Career: 9 at Sycamore (2017-18)

Rebounds—Season: 4 three times; Career: 7 vs. Turpin (2016-17)

Assists—Season: 1 at Sycamore; Career: 1 three times

 

Cade Riesenberg

Points—Season: 2 twice; Career: 2 twice (2017-18)

Rebounds—Season: 1 at Turpin; Career: 1 at Turpin (2017-18)

Assists—Season: N/A; Career: N/A

 

Brady Sluder

Points—Season: 9 at Turpin; Career: 9 at Turpin (2017-18)

Rebounds—Season: 9 at Turpin; Career: 9 at Turpin (2017-18)

Assists—Season: 3 vs. Kings; Career: 3 vs. Kings (2017-18)