By COACH CHRIS BROWN
One of the best seasons of Milton varsity basketball on record came to an end with our boys battling for the state championship. After trailing by as many as 16 in the second half, struggling to score and struggling to get defensive stops, our team was able to come together on of the best runs of the season, coming up just a score or defensive stop away from finishing with the result that this Yellowjacket team had worked so hard for.
I have to give a lot of credit to our guys. At the Barre Aud in the final four and the championship game we had a hard time scoring the ball, shooting just 33% combined for both games, but we found ways to make it all the way to the closing minute of the championship game with a shot to win in the closing minute.
In the championship game, trailing 22-10 after first quarter, and then 36-21 at halftime, we found the scoring touch midway through the third. Ian Jennings scored 21 of his team high 27 points in the secnd half, and Javante Sovey connected on two big three-point shots that gave us a chance at the end. Tre Sherwood scored on some key buckets continuing his nice playoff run. Seth Herrity dished out seven assist and seven points, and scored a big basket late in the game. Deven Creamer and Sam Patterson gave us some good rebounding, which proved to be our strength in the playoffs as we averaged over 40 per game. Andrew Harvey, Tyler Farrar, and Colby Mason brought us energy, strength and composure and senior Brady Jennings ended his basketball career in Milton with one of the most supportive (yet short) speeches in the locker room after the game. Supporting the team through injury this season, Colby Durcharme will be ready to take the floor in Barre next season! Some of our younger players got to experience the atmosphere of the final four, and even though they saw very limited action in the playoffs, these guys were key to us preparing for this historic run. Sophomore Damion Mitchell and freshmen Kyle Brown and Michael McNeil were a part of the varsity program all year, and junior Matt Edmonds was called up for playoffs.
Special thanks to our managers for the help all season: Lauren Dabagian, Isabella Anemikos, Lena Simko, Ashley Ingham, our Trainer Megan Allen and all of the great Milton fans.
I feel the best part of this season was the support players and coaches had for each other. A mutual respect between players and coaches is not always something that is achieved, but this season this was one of our strengths. All our players worked hard each practice and game; everything on this team was earned. We pushed them to become the best they could and I am proud of and respect every one of these players.
Also, the dedication from our coaching staff is the best there is. We would not have made it as deep as we did without Coaches John Lafereniere and Michael Carrier. Their basketball minds and relationship building pushed us to greater heights. Their commitment to Milton basketball and the community is greatly appreciated. Another amazing job was done all season by our athletic director, Trevor Wagar. This guy is the real deal – he absolutely treats all coaches and players with great respect!
Thank you again for a great season.