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Boys Hoops Takes 3-0 Start To First Full Week Of ECC Play

Posted on: December 11, 2017

SETTING THE SCENE: With a trio of victories already under their belts, the Milford High School boys basketball team will take on a pair of conference rivals this week when it puts its perfect record on the line. The Eagles have been impressive thus far, winning by an average of almost 14 points per game in a 3-0 start. This week tips off on Tuesday night when the Eagles make the short drive over to Loveland to face the arch rival Tigers. Friday night features a special event with the first-ever ECC Varsity Doubleheader, featuring both Milford varsity squads taking to the floor on the same evening. The foe for the special night of action will be West Clermont, marking Milford’s fist-ever match-up against the new ECC member.

 

A LOOK BACK: December 1 at Sycamore: Milford 62, Sycamore 44

GAME REWIND

Milford turned a five-point halftime lead into a runaway 18-point victory as the Eagles knocked off Sycamore in the season-opener, 62-44. The Eagles played a solid second half, shooting 48 percent from the floor, while scoring 23 fourth quarter points to put the game on ice.

 

RECORDS

Milford 1-0

Sycamore 0-1

 

KEY PLAYERS

Milford

Jake Ayler 21 points

Steven Huxell 10 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals

 

Sycamore

Ben Yuskewich 15 points

Christian Kelly 15 points

 

NUGGET OF NOTE: Jake Ayler opened his junior season with a career-high 21 points, easily bettering his previous best of 16 from last season.

 

FINAL GAME STATS

 

December 5 at Harrison: Milford 57, Sycamore 44

GAME REWIND

The Eagles jumped all over Harrison in the first half then turned back a Wildcat comeback bid after the break, earning a 57-44 road win in a Mercy Health Tipoff Classic match-up. Milford shot a respectable 41 percent in the first half and an even better 46 percent in the second, but the hosts got hot, knocking down 10 of 20 shots after the break to make a game of it. Harrison tried to overcome a game-high 23-point lead near the midpoint of the third, but could get no closer than the final margin of 13 points.

 

RECORDS

Milford 2-0

Harrison 0-2

 

KEY PLAYERS

Milford

Steven Huxell 16 points

Jake Ayler 13 points, 6 rebounds

Nathan Gallimore 2 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists

 

Harrison

Frankie Young 17 points, 6 rebounds

Connor Kinnett 12 points, 8 rebounds

 

NUGGET OF NOTE: Like his classmate Jake Ayler did in the season-opener, junior Steven Huxell erupted for a career-high 16 points, earning him game MVP honors for the Mercy Health Tipoff Classic.

 

FINAL GAME STATS

 

December 8 at Anderson: Milford 49, Anderson 39

GAME REWIND

The Eagles owned the fourth quarter and that proved to be the difference as Milford gained a measure of redemption from last season with a 49-39 win at Anderson. Leading by just three after three quarters of play, Milford outscored the Redskins 15-8 in the final quarter to seal the win.

 

RECORDS

Milford 3-0, 1-0 ECC

Anderson 0-3, 0-1 ECC

 

KEY PLAYERS

Milford

Nathan Gallimore 19 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals

Steven Huxell 9 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists

 

Anderson

James Camden 11 points

Hunter Bode 10 points, 11 rebounds, 8 blocks

 

NUGGET OF NOTE: Milford’s third straight game featured a player with a new career-high in scoring and this time it was senior guard Nathan Gallimore. On the strength of four made three-pointers and 5 of 6 from the line, Gallimore posted a new best with 19 points, while also yanking down a personal-high eight rebounds.

 

FINAL GAME STATS

 

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

  • Tuesday, Dec. 12 at Loveland, 7:30 p.m.
    • 2017-18 Record: 2-1, 1-0 ECC (NR Division I area coaches’ weekly poll)
    • Top Scorer: Junior Jalen Greiser (15.0 ppg)
    • Last Meeting: 2016-17; Loveland 49, Milford 32 & Loveland 56, Milford 42
  • Friday, Dec. 15 vs. West Clermont, 8:00 p.m.
    • 2017-18 Record: 1-1, 0-1 ECC (RV Division I area coaches’ weekly poll)
    • Top Returning Scorer: Senior Jay Tiemeyer (14.0 ppg)
    • Last Meeting: First meeting

 

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

Points per game: Jake Ayler (13.7), Steven Huxell (11.7), Nathan Gallimore (10.0)

Assists per game: Steven Huxell (3.3), Nathan Gallimore (2.3), Jake Ayler (1.7)

Rebounds per game: Nathan Gallimore (6.0), Steven Huxell (5.0), Jake Ayler (4.7)

Steals: Steven Huxell (8), Nathan Gallimore (4), Caleb Farrell (3)

Blocks: Hunter Pollitt (6), Connor Foster (3), Brady Sluder (1)

Field goal percentage: Hunter Pollitt (.643), Jake Ayler (.565), Brady Sluder (.545)

Three-point percentage: Jake Ayler (.714), Steven Huxell (.571), Jack Liles/Brady Sluder (.333)

Free throw percentage: Cade Riesenberg (1.000), Jake Ayler (.769), Nathan Gallimore (.750)

 

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 (1), Nathan Gallimore (1), Steven Huxell (1).

 

INSIDE THE ECC: Walnut Hills has won a pair of league contests to open the season with a 2-0 ECC record, the best among all squads. Milford and Loveland also remain unbeaten, each at 1-0.  The schedule for ECC conference games this week includes: Tuesday-Milford at Loveland, Anderson at Kings and Turpin at West Clermont; Friday-West Clermont at Milford, Kings at Loveland, Walnut Hills at Turpin and Withrow at Anderson.

 

POLL WATCH: Milford’s 3-0 start has inched the Eagles closer to the top-10 of the Cincinnati Enquirer area Division I coaches’ poll as they are the first of several squads also receiving votes, and just four points out of the top-10. Moeller continues to be the No. 1 team with 10 of 14 first place votes to edge out Princeton (three first place votes), Mason (one first place vote), the ECC’s Walnut Hills and Lakota East. Other ECC squads joining the Eagles in others receiving votes include Withrow, Kings and West Clermont. 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 at Harrison; Career: 6 at Harrison (2017-18)

Assists—Season: 3 at Harrison; Career: 3 twice

 

A.J. Dickerson

Points—Season: 4 at Sycamore; Career: 4 at Sycamore (2017-18)

Rebounds—Season: 4 at Sycamore; Career: 4 at Sycamore (2017-18)

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

 

Caleb Farrell

Points—Season: 3 at Harrison; Career: 7 at Glen Este (2016-17)

Rebounds—Season: 4 at Sycamore; Career: 4 at Sycamore (2017-18)

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

 

Connor Foster

Points—Season: 4 twice; Career: 4 twice (2017-18)

Rebounds—Season: 2 at Anderson; Career: 2 at Anderson (2017-18)

Assists—Season: N/A; Career: N/A

 

Nathan Gallimore

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

Rebounds—Season: 8 at Anderson; Career: 8 at Anderson (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: 4 at Harrison; Career: 4 at Harrison (2017-18)

Rebounds—Season: N/A; Career: N/A

Assists—Season: N/A; Career: N/A

 

Hunter Pollitt

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

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

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

 

Cade Riesenberg

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

Rebounds—Season: N/A; Career: N/A

Assists—Season: N/A; Career: N/A

 

Brady Sluder

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

Rebounds—Season: 5 at Sycamore; Career: 5 at Sycamore (2017-18)

Assists—Season: 1 at Sycamore; Career: 1 at Sycamor