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Four Eagles Earn All-ECC Boys Basketball Honors

Posted on: March 6, 2019

Fresh off an exciting OHSAA Tournament run to the district semifinals, four members of the Milford High School boys basketball team have earned recognition from the Eastern Cincinnati Conference coaches. Headlining the list is senior Steven Huxell, a first team All-ECC choice, as well as a first team All-District 16 (coaches vote) and third team All-Southwest District (media vote) selection.

 

Joining Huxell among the ECC’s top players is a pair of second team honorees in senior Jake Ayler and junior Jack Liles. Earning honorable mention accolades this season for the Eagles is senior Caleb Farrell.

 

Huxell was one of the top scorers in the league this year, ranking second among all players with 15.6 points per game. One of the top three-pointer shooters in the league as well, Huxell connected on 45 triples this season, while also making 73 percent of his free throws. He showed his all-around game by averaging 3.9 rebounds per game, dishing out 57 assists and nabbing 27 steals.

 

Ayler, one of the top multi-sport athletes in the league finished second on his team with 8.9 points per game, while draining 32 shots from beyond the arc. His 58 assists were a team-best. Ayler was also a solid defender, snagging 3.0 rebounds per contest and ranking second on the team with 29 steals.

 

Liles burst onto the scene in a big way, showing his prowess as a prolific scorer. His junior campaign ended with 8.6 points per game and 36 made three-pointers. Liles had one of the top performances in the area this season in a win against Lebanon, exploding for 27 points on 10-of-10 shooting, including six three-pointers. He tacked on 3.7 rebounds per game and dished out 27 assists.

 

Farrell was one of the top defensive players in the league this year. Often matched against the opponents’ top scorer, Farrell was part of a defense that held 16 of 25 leading scorers below their season average. Offensively, he added 2.7 points per game, along with 45 assists.

 

Milford finished the season 13-12 overall and tied for fourth in the ECC at 7-7, highlighted by wins over state-ranked Taft during the regular season and an upset of sixth-seeded LaSalle in the OHSAA Tournament.