MILTON — Yellowjacket senior Ben Hanson made his last home basketball game one to remember, putting up a double-double with 29 points and 16 rebounds in a 67-59 victory over Mt. Abraham on Friday night.
“Ben Hanson stepped up and led his team throughout the game in scoring, rebounding and energy,” assistant coach Chris Brown said. “Hanson has been one of the most committed Milton players over the past decade, and tonight it really paid off.”
Hanson helped Milton race to a 24-14 first-quarter lead and a 38-20 halftime advantage with 19 of his points in the first two periods. Ryan Brown added eight of his 11 points in the first half.
Sophomore Ian Jennings also reached double figures for Milton with 13 points. Tre Sherwood added six. Will Scarpinato four, and Jordan Deep and Seth Herrity two each.
Coleman Russell scored 20 to lead Mt. Abraham, with Jack Willis adding 13 and Dustin Whitcomb, 11. Russell and Willis combined for 27 points to keep it close in the second half as the Eagles nailed six 3-pointers after the break.
“Dustin Rock played a very important role on defense, holding Mt. Abe’s big man to just two points on the game,” Brown said. “Will Scarpinato and Jordan Deep each came up with some timely buckets and rebounds in the second half when Mt. Abe started to make their run. Tyler McRae utilized his quickness and played great minutes, defending on several possessions where Milton needed stops.
“The underclassmen for Milton supported extra rotations given to the these seniors in their last home game,” He continued, “And even with limited minutes, they played key roles in the win as well. Ian Jennings came up with a big fourth quarter, scoring eight of his 13 points in the fourth.”
Behind Hanson’s 16 rebounds, the Yellowjackets got nine from Sherwood, five each by Scarpinato and Brown, four from Jennings, three from Deep and two from Rock.
Brown handed out five assists, Herrity four and Sherwood two, while McRae came up with a pair of steals.
Milton finished the regular season at 9-11 and secured the ninth seed for the Division II playoffs. They played their first round game on Wednesday evening at No. 8 Otter Valley after the Independent went to press.