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Boys Hoops Tips Off 2018 With Pair Of ECC Match-Ups Beginning Tuesday At Turpin

Posted on: January 1, 2018

SETTING THE SCENE: After winter weather postponed its most recently scheduled contest, the Milford High School boys basketball team will take to the court for the first time in nearly two weeks when it tips off 2018 with a Tuesday night visit to Turpin. The Eagles have flown to an early 3-0 start in Eastern Cincinnati Conference play, good for a share of first place in the standings with Walnut Hills. While the Turpin match-up starts the week, the highlight will come on Friday night when Milford will host their aforementioned first place mates in the ECC, Walnut Hills. Both games this week are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. tip-offs.

 

A LOOK BACK: December 29 at Edgewood: Due to a poor weather forecast in Butler County, the Milford-Edgewood game was postponed. No make-up date has been decided.

 

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

  • Tuesday, Jan. 2 at Turpin, 7:30 p.m.
    • 2017-18 Record: 1-6, 0-3 ECC (NR Division I area coaches’ weekly poll)
    • Top Scorer: Junior Nick Haddad (15.7 ppg)
    • Last Meeting: 2016-17; Turpin 52, Milford 47 & Milford 51, Turpin 46
  • Friday, Jan. 5 vs. Walnut Hills, 7:30 p.m.
    • 2017-18 Record: 7-2, 3-0 ECC (T-4th Division I area coaches’ weekly poll)
    • Top Scorer: Senior Kameron Gibson (23.7 ppg)
    • Last Meeting: 2016-17; Walnut Hills 63, Milford 55 & Walnut Hills 77, Milford 75

 

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

Points per game: Jake Ayler (14.8), Steven Huxell (11.5), Nathan Gallimore (10.0)

Assists per game: Steven Huxell (3.0), Nathan Gallimore (2.3), Jake Ayler (1.7)

Rebounds per game: Nathan Gallimore (5.0), Jake Ayler/Steven Huxell (4.5)

Steals: Steven Huxell (10), Caleb Farrell/Nathan Gallimore (5)

Blocks: Hunter Pollitt (9), Connor Foster (3), Jack Liles/Brady Sluder (1)

Field goal percentage: Hunter Pollitt (.650), Jake Ayler (.527), Brady Sluder (.471)

Three-point percentage: Jake Ayler (.600), Steven Huxell (.500), Nathan Gallimore (.438)

Free throw percentage: Nathan Gallimore (.800), Jake Ayler (.759), Brady Sluder (.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 (4), Nathan Gallimore (1), Steven Huxell (1).

 

INSIDE THE ECC: Milford and Walnut Hills have each jumped to 3-0 starts in league play to pace the ECC standings early. Loveland and Withrow are just behind at 2-1 each. The schedule for ECC conference games this week includes: Tuesday-Milford at Turpin, Anderson at Walnut Hills, Kings at West Clermont and Loveland at Withrow; Friday-Walnut Hills at Milford, Turpin at Kings, West Clermont at Withrow and Anderson at Loveland.

 

POLL WATCH: Milford placed ninth in the most recent Cincinnati Enquirer area Division I coaches’ poll that was released on Jan. 2. This week, Princeton and Moeller are sharing the top spot with the former holding a 5-3 edge in first place votes. Third place Mason earned the final No. 1 and is ahead of a tie between Oak Hills and the ECC’s Walnut Hills in the top-five. West Clermont, Loveland and Withrow are all among other teams that received 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: 3 twice; Career: 3 four times

 

A.J. Dickerson

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

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

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

 

Connor Foster

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

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

Assists—Season: 1 vs. West Clermont; Career: 1 vs. West Clermont (2017-18)

 

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 twice; Career: 1 twice (2017-18)