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Boys Hoops Travels To Kings, Hosts Senior Night This Week

Posted on: February 12, 2018

SETTING THE SCENE: The Milford High School boys basketball will again look to get back on track when it closes out the Eastern Cincinnati Conference schedule with match-ups this week against Kings and Withrow. The Eagles enter this week looking to snap an uncharacteristic six-game losing streak that has pushed the team’s record to 9-10 overall and 7-5 in conference play. Milford’s week starts Tuesday night at Kings, prior to Friday evening’s Senior Night battle with the Tigers. Prior to the game, seniors Nathan Gallimore and Hunter Pollitt will be honored for their contributions to Milford Basketball.

 

TOURNEY TALK: The Eagles will open OHSAA Tournament play on Thursday, Feb. 22 when they take on Western Brown at Hamilton High School. Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m. Click here to see Milford’s sectional tournament draw.

 

A LOOK BACK: February 6 vs. Taft: Taft 61, Milford 42

 

GAME REWIND

A talented Taft team shot 62.8% from the floor, the highest by a Milford opponent this season, as the Senators picked up a 61-42 non-conference win. The Eagles led early by a 5-2 count, but were blitzed for the remainder of the first quarter by Taft as the visitors led 25-9 after eight minutes. Milford won the second quarter to trim the deficit to 13 at the half, but Taft proved to be too much in the second half as they pulled away for the win.

 

RECORDS

Milford 9-9

Taft 13-5

 

KEY PLAYERS

Milford

Jake Ayler 22 points

A.J. Dickerson 8 points, 5 rebounds

 

Taft

Derrick Heard 15 points

Donta’e Mosley 13 points

Dashawn Lawrence 10 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists

 

NUGGET OF NOTE: After being held to single digits in three of his previous four games, Jake Ayler bounced back with a career-high 22 points. Meanwhile, the Eagles were whistled for just one foul in 32 minutes of action.

 

FINAL GAME STATS

 

February 9 at Walnut Hills: Walnut Hills 51, Milford 37

 

GAME REWIND

One bad quarter spelled doom for Milford as they were outscored 16-4 in the third quarter of a 51-37 road loss to Walnut Hills. MHS actually won the second and fourth quarters and trailed by just five after the first but a 2-for-9 shooting performance in the third proved to be the difference maker.

 

RECORDS

Milford 9-10, 7-5 ECC

Walnut Hills 15-4, 11-1 ECC

 

KEY PLAYERS

Milford

Cade Riesenberg 8 points

 

Walnut Hills

Kameron Gibson 29 points, 7 rebounds

Zubi Nwankwo 4 points, 7 rebounds 4 blocks

 

NUGGET OF NOTE: The eight points scored by Cade Riesenberg represented a new career-high for the junior.

 

FINAL GAME STATS

 

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

  • Tuesday, Feb. 13 at Kings, 7:30 p.m.
    • 2017-18 Record: 3-17, 2-10 ECC (NR Division I area coaches’ weekly poll)
    • Top Scorer: Junior Jake Peters (11.2 ppg)
    • Last Meeting: 2017-18; Milford 53, Kings 33
  • Friday, Feb. 16 vs. Withrow, 7:30 p.m.
    • 2017-18 Record: 12-8, 9-3 ECC (RV Division I area coaches’ weekly poll)
    • Top Scorer: Junior Mike Hill, Jr. (11.8 ppg)
    • Last Meeting: 2017-18; Withrow 52, Milford 46

 

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

Points per game: Jake Ayler (12.5), Steven Huxell (9.5), Nathan Gallimore (9.4)

Assists per game: Steven Huxell (2.2), Nathan Gallimore (2.0), Jake Ayler (1.5)

Rebounds per game: Nathan Gallimore/Brady Sluder (3.9), Jake Ayler (3.7)

Steals: Steven Huxell (21), Nathan Gallimore (14), A.J. Dickerson (13)

Blocks: Hunter Pollitt (19), Brady Sluder (10), Connor Foster (5)

Field goal percentage: Brady Sluder (.536), Hunter Pollitt (.531), Jake Ayler (.506)

Three-point percentage: Jake Ayler (.449), Nathan Gallimore (.400), Steven Huxell (.351)

Free throw percentage: Nathan Gallimore (.867), Jake Ayler (.774), Steven Huxell (.672)

 

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 (8), Nathan Gallimore (3), Steven Huxell (2), Brady Sluder (2), Connor Foster (1), Cade Riesenberg (1), Jake Ayler/Steven Huxell (1), Nathan Gallimore/Steven Huxell (1).

 

INSIDE THE ECC: Walnut Hills has clinched at least a share of the 2017-18 ECC Championship and will wrap up the title outright with one more victory. Withrow remains alive two games back. Milford is fighting for third as they enter the week tied with Anderson at 7-5. The schedule for ECC conference games this week includes: Tuesday-Milford at Kings, Walnut Hills at Loveland, Anderson at West Clermont and Turpin at Withrow; Thursday-West Clermont at Loveland; Friday-Withrow at Milford, Kings at Walnut Hills, Loveland at West Clermont and Anderson at Turpin.

 

The schedule for ECC teams in the tournament includes: No. 5 Walnut Hills vs. No. 26 Little Miami (Feb. 23, 8:30 p.m. at Fairfield), No. 13 West Clermont vs. No. 15 Sycamore (Feb. 22, 8:00 p.m. at Lakota West), No. 14 Withrow vs. No. 19 Anderson (Feb. 24, 6:00 p.m. at Hamilton), No. 17 Milford vs. No. 20 Western Brown (Feb. 22, 6:00 p.m. at Hamilton), No. 25 Loveland vs. No. 7 St. Xavier (Feb. 24, 8:00 p.m. at Lakota West), No. 28 Turpin vs. No. 8 Winton Woods (Feb. 23, 7:00 p.m. at Fairfield) and No. 29 Kings vs. No. 2 Princeton (Feb. 22, 6:00 p.m. at Lakota West).

 

POLL WATCH: Milford did not receive any votes in the Feb. 12 edition of the Cincinnati Enquirer Division I area coaches’ poll. The hot battle for the top spot is led by Moeller this week over Princeton on the strength of a 12-2 advantage in first place votes. Oak Hills, Mason and Walnut Hills complete the top-five. The ECC is also represented by West Clermont and Withrow each receiving votes. The coaches’ poll is released every Monday at Noon at preps.cincinnati.com/coachespolls.

 

Milford Eagles Season/Career Highs

Jake Ayler

Points—Season: 22 vs. Taft; Career: 22 vs. Taft (2017-18)

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

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

 

A.J. Dickerson

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

Rebounds—Season: 5 vs. Taft; Career: 5 vs. Taft (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 four times; Career: 3 four times (2017-18)

 

Connor Foster

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

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

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

 

Nathan Gallimore

Points—Season: 27 vs. Winton Woods; Career: 27 vs. Winton Woods (2017-18)

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

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

 

Adam Harris

Points—Season: 3 at West Clermont; Career: 3 at West Clermont (2017-18)

Rebounds— Season: N/A; Career: N/A

Assists—Season: 1 at Walnut Hills; Career: 1 at Walnut Hills (2017-18)

 

Steven Huxell

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

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

Assists—Season: 7 at Shroder; Career: 7 at Shroder (2017-18)

 

Jack Liles

Points—Season: 6 at Walnut Hills; Career: 6 at Walnut Hills (2017-18)

Rebounds—Season: 3 vs. Anderson; Career: 3 vs. Anderson (2017-18)

Assists—Season: 2 twice; Career: 2 twice (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 four times; Career: 1 six times

 

Cade Riesenberg

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

Rebounds—Season: 7 vs. Loveland; Career: 7 vs. Loveland (2017-18)

Assists—Season: 1 twice; Career: 1 twice (2017-18)

 

Brady Sluder

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

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

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

 

Grant Whitaker

Points—Season: N/A; Career: N/A

Rebounds— Season: N/A; Career: N/A

Assists—Season: N/A; Career: N/A