Brookline holds off Milton
by Michael Quinlan
The second half of Milton vs. Brookline was riddled with turnovers and sloppy play. Brookline had just enough to hold off the scrappy bunch from Milton who trailed by only one point, 46-45, with 29 seconds remaining. Unfortunately for Milton, Brookline had more poise down the stretch and was able to secure a 53-48 victory and improve to 2-0 on the season.
Emmanuel Hutcherson, the Milton senior captain, was a ferocious player down low for the Wildcats all night. Time after time the 6’3’’ power forward came up with big rebounds in key situations. Defensively Hutcherson provided Milton with interior toughness blocking shots and altering several others. His physical play was a key aspect to Milton’s defensive game plan.
Despite his excellent defensive play Hutcherson made a crucial mistake at a pivotal moment in the game. With under a minute to play and trailing by 1 point, Milton went to their senior big man for a crunch time bucket. Hutcherson caught the ball in the paint and began to power his way to the hoop. He was quickly surrounded by defenders and turned the ball over while attempting a pass.
Brookline advanced the ball up the court resulting in a blocking foul by senior guard Coleman Flanagan. In the midst of the chaotic play a technical foul was called on Hutcherson for complaining to the official. With 29 seconds to play and leading by a point Brookline would go to the line with a chance to seal the win. Tre Woodson hit both ends of the 1-1 and Jacob page nailed the technical free throws to put Brookline up 5 with the ball. Following the inbound Milton was forced to foul again and Shaquille Brummit hit 1-2 to increase the lead to 6 with 21 seconds to play. Woodson would hit two more free throws followed by a meaningless 3 from Milton to make the final score 53-48.
Although Milton came away a loser on this night they have a bright future with freshman guard Kenny Ramos who showed flashes of excellence. Ramos showed he has the tools to be a complete player. He can score from beyond the arc but also has the quickness and toughness to get to the rim and finish in the paint. During a stretch at the start of the 4th quarter the second unit and Ramos made a run at Brookline. They scored 7 unanswered to give the Wildcats their first lead of the night. 5 of the 7 points came from Ramos and the other two came on a lay-up as two Brookline defenders ran toward Ramos who was spotting up for 3. Fans of the Milton Wildcats can look forward to watching him play for the next four seasons.
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