WINOOSKI — Milton Boys Varsity Basketball is now 3-0 this season after a win Tuesday night over Winooski. The Yellow Jackets continued to build on their lead every quarter, before leaving the court with a final score of 71-42.
“Winooski always fights hard,” Coach Chris Brown said after the game. “Their team has some skilled players, so for us to get some separation in the game, we had to play well.”
The game, played at Winooski High School, started just after 7 p.m. following the Junior Varsity 1 game. Milton JV also took home a victory.
After the first half of the varsity game, Milton led 31-18.
“The last thing we want to do now boys is get sloppy,” Brown said, as the team huddled around him during the break.
Players heeded his advice, because Milton came out strong on all fronts in the third quarter, scoring 21 points and allowing Winooski only four.
Brown attributed the Yellow Jackets’ success to the offense and defense really clicking in the third quarter and to the many contributions from lots of different players.
Milton’s top scorers included senior Kyle Brown with 18 points, senior Brandon Dallas Jr. with 17 points and senior Mike McNeil with eight points. Winooski's top-scorers were Trevon Bradley with 15 points and Ayden Johnson with 13 points.
Overall, 12 Milton players scored points. The team had 24 assists and 50 rebounds.
Brown noted that two Yellow Jacket juniors played especially impressive games Tuesday. Kayden Burke and Braeden Caragher both contributed points, rebounds and assists.
“It was a more fast-paced and more physical game than I think we were anticipating,” Burke said.
Both players noted that the gymnasiums this season have a different atmosphere because of the empty bleachers. They miss having fans in the stands, but appreciate the texts they get after the game from family who watch the livestream at home.
“The team’s goal this year is to make a run for the finals,” Caragher said, so at practice they’ve been running lots of offensive drills and hustling hard.
Before getting on the bus, the team huddled around Brown one more time.
"You can never underestimate your contributions on the court, even if you didn’t score,” he said, as players and coaches stuck their hands up in the air.
In unison, the team counted down, "1, 2, 3" before shouting "family."