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Final Non-Conference Game, Challenging Home Contest Await Boys Hoops

Posted on: February 6, 2017

SETTING THE SCENE: With the OHSAA Tournament draw scheduled for next Sunday, the Milford High School boys basketball team will look to improve its resume against a pair of quality opponents this week. Coming off a win at Turpin last Friday night, the Eagles will first tie a bow around the non-conference portion of the schedule with a Tuesday trip to Northwest. On Friday, its back home for a visit from league-leading Walnut Hills on Hall of Fame Night at MHS.

 

A LOOK BACK: January 31 vs. CHCA: CHCA 62, Milford 51

THE SHORT STORY

A spirited fourth quarter comeback wasn’t enough for Milford to overcome a cold shooting third period as the Eagles dropped a 62-51 non-conference tilt to area Division III power CHCA. After making just 3 of 10 third quarter field goals and falling behind by 18 early in the fourth, Milford rallied to get within eight but it wasn’t enough.

 

RECORDS

Milford 5-12

CHCA 11-6

 

KEY PLAYERS

Milford

Nathan Gallimore 14 points

Matt Kirk 11 points, 7 rebounds

 

CHCA

Michael Nelson 16 points, 5 steals, 4 assists

Cody Shiver 15 points, 7 rebounds

Tanner Southerland 13 points

 

NUGGET OF NOTE: With 14 points, including 4 of 7 shooting from three-point range, junior Nathan Gallimore set a new career-high in scoring.

 

FINAL GAME STATS LINK

 

February 3 at Turpin: Milford 51, Turpin 46

THE SHORT STORY

Milford twice overcame deficits of at least nine points, including one with less than four minutes remaining in the game to pick up a much needed 51-46 road win at Turpin. After a pair of Turpin free throws stretched the Spartan lead to 41-34 with just under five minutes to play, the Eagles ripped off 17 of the game’s final 20 points to storm to victory. Junior Nathan Gallimore came up big down the stretch, scoring eight points, including a pair of threes to key the comeback.

 

RECORDS

Milford 6-12, 4-7 ECC

Turpin 6-12, 4-7 ECC

 

KEY PLAYERS

Milford

Nathan Gallimore 12 points

Jake Ayler 11 points

Matt Kirk 10 points, 6 rebounds

Wes Reid 10 points

 

Turpin

Nick Haddad 16 points

Drew Sesler 12 points, 6 rebounds

 

NUGGET OF NOTE: For the first time this season, Milford had four players reach double figures in scoring as Nathan Gallimore, Jake Ayler, Matt Kirk and Wes Reid combined for 43 of Milford’s 51 points.

 

FINAL GAME STATS LINK

 

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

  • Tuesday, Feb. 7 at Northwest, 7:30 p.m.
    • 2016-17 Record: 13-4, 8-1 SWOC (8th Division I area coaches’ weekly poll)
    • Top Scorer: Senior Ronnell Turner (17.5 ppg)
    • Last Meeting: 2015-16; Milford 54, Northwest 30
  • Friday, Feb. 10 vs. Walnut Hills, 7:30 p.m.
    • 2016-17 Record: 11-6, 9-2 ECC (7th Division I area coaches’ weekly poll)
    • Top Scorer: Senior Kenny Thompson (11.4 ppg)
    • Last Meeting: 2016-17; Walnut Hills 63, Milford 55

 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: A look at Milford’s statistical leaders through 18 games:

Points per game: Matt Kirk (10.2), Jacob Rieseneberg (8.4), Jake Ayler (8.3)

Assists per game: Nathan Gallimore (2.0), Wes Reid (1.4), Jacob Riesenberg (1.3)

Rebounds per game: Jacob Riesenberg (5.6), Matt Kirk (5.1), Jake Ayler/Wes Reid (2.7)

Steals: Jake Ayler/Matt Kirk (13), Nathan Gallimore/Wes Reid (9)

Blocks: Hunter Pollitt/Jacob Riesenberg (10), Nathan Gallimore (3)

Field goal percentage: Wes Reid (.545), Jacob Riesenberg (.489), Jake Ayler (.464)

Three-point percentage: Jake Ayler (.385), Nathan Gallimore (.382), Wes Reid (.278)

Free throw percentage: Jake Ayler (.759), Wes Reid (.711), Matt Kirk (.701)

 

INSIDE THE ECC: Walnut Hills has moved within one victory of clinching no less than a share of the 2017 ECC Championship, as they are 9-2, three games better than a second place threesome of Glen Este, Loveland and Withrow, all at 6-5. The schedule of ECC conference games this week includes: Thursday-Anderson at Loveland; Friday-Walnut Hills at Milford, Glen Este at Withrow, and Turpin at Kings.

 

POLL WATCH: Milford did not receive any votes in the weekly Cincinnati Enquirer Division I area coaches’ poll, released on Feb. 6. Moeller continues to be the class of the area according to the voting coaches, this week earning all 12 of No. 1 votes. The rest of the top-five features LaSalle, Oak Hills, Mason and Lakota East. The ECC is represented by Walnut Hills in seventh and Withrow in ninth, along with Glen Este, Kings and Loveland all 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: 16 at Kings; Career: 16 at Kings (2016-17)

Rebounds—Season: 4 twice; Career: 4 twice (2016-17)

Assists—Season: 3 at Anderson; Career: 3 at Anderson (2016-17)

 

Caleb Farrell

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

Rebounds—Season: 3 twice; Career: 3 twice (2016-17)

Assists—Season: 2 five times; Career: 2 five times (2016-17)

 

Nathan Gallimore

Points—Season: 14 vs. CHCA; Career: 14 vs. CHCA (2016-17)

Rebounds—Season: 5 three times; Career: 5 three times (2016-17)

Assists—Season: 5 twice; Career: 5 twice (2016-17)

 

Jack Hannah

Points—Season: 8 vs. Loveland; Career: 8 vs. Loveland (2106-17)

Rebounds—Season: 5 twice; Career: 5 twice (2016-17)

Assists—Season: 2 twice; Career: 2 twice (2016-17)

 

Steven Huxell

Points—Season: 3 at Kings; Career: 3 at Kings (2016-17)

Rebounds—Season: 1 at Glen Este; Career: 1 at Glen Este (2016-17)

Assists—Season: N/A; Career: N/A

 

Diamonte Johnson

Points—Season: 5 at Taft; Career: 5 at Taft (2016-17)

Rebounds—Season: 2 at Kings; Career: 2 at Kings (2016-17)

Assists—Season: 1 three times; Career: 1 three times (2016-17)

 

Blake King

Points—Season: 4 vs. Glen Este; Career: 4 vs. Glen Este (2016-17)

Rebounds—Season: 3 vs. Glen Este; Career: 3 vs. Glen Este (2016-17)

Assists—Season: N/A; Career: N/A

 

Matt Kirk

Points—Season: 16 at Princeton; Career: at Princeton (2016-17)

Rebounds—Season: 10 vs. Lebanon; Career: 10 vs. Lebanon (2016-17)

Assists—Season: 3 twice; Career: 3 twice (2016-17)

Double-doubles—Season 1; Career 1

 

Kyle Minton

Points—Season: 6 vs. Withrow; Career: 6 vs. Withrow (2016-17)

Rebounds—Season: 6 at Anderson; Career: 6 at Anderson (2016-17)

Assists—Season: 1 seven times; Career: 1 seven times (2016-17)

 

Hunter Pollitt

Points—Season: 6 at Taft; Career: 6 at Taft (2016-17)

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

Assists—Season: 1 twice; Career: 1 twice (2016-17)

 

Wes Reid

Points—Season: 20 vs. Sycamore; Career: 20 vs. Sycamore (2016-17)

Rebounds—Season: 8 vs. Sycamore; Career: 8 vs. Sycamore (2016-17)

Assists—Season: 4 at Anderson; Career: 4 at Anderson (2016-17)

 

Jacob Riesenberg

Points—Season: 18 at McNicholas; Career: 18 at McNicholas (2016-17)

Rebounds—Season: 12 at Glen Este; Career: 12 at Glen Este (2016-17)

Assists—Season: 3 twice; Career: 3 twice (2016-17)

 

Brady Sluder

Points—Season: 1 at Glen Este; Career: 1 at Glen Este (2016-17)

Rebounds—Season: 1 at Kings; Career: 1 at Kings (2016-17)

Assists—Season: N/A; Career: N/A