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Edgerton boys outlast Milton in overtime

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JOHN N. BARRY
January 4, 2008
— Although neither coach would admit it, Thursday night’s battle between old-time rivals Edgerton High and Milton took on added significance—thanks to the Crimson Tide’s No. 3 state ranking in Division 2.

In the end, the best player on the court proved to be the difference-maker. Bryan Gregory scored 26 points, including five in overtime, as Edgerton pulled away for a 71-63 win in a thrilling nonconference boys basketball game.


Edgerton (9-0) needed a last-second, buzzer-beating shot from Gabe Mitchell to force overtime, but then turned to the 6-foot-4 Gregory to put the Red Hawks away.


“We were very fortunate to win this game,” Edgerton coach Mark Wanless said. “We had to battle all night long because Milton played an extremely great game.


“They were on fire from the outside and made really tough shots.


“We needed Bryan to take control in the overtime, and I felt like he was able to do that because he’s so aggressive and has such good body control.”


Milton (5-4) scored the first two points of the overtime, but Edgerton finished the game on a 10-0 run. Two Gregory free throws tied it at 63-63 with 2:22 left, and the junior gave his team the lead for good with a three-point play on the Tide’s next possession to push the lead to 66-63 with 1:33 to play.


The Red Hawks, after making 10 three-point shots in regulation, were 0-for-6 from beyond the arc in the overtime.


Milton coach Brian Hammil felt his team played well enough to win, but any hopes for victory were erased when Mitchell threw up an off-balanced shot off a rebound that banked in as time expired in regulation.


“In our gym, we might get a couple of calls to go our way and the game turns out a little different, but it is what it is,” Hammil said. “Unfortunately, somebody has got to win and somebody has got to lose, and we came up on the short end.


“I didn’t really pay any attention to the rankings. It’s Milton/Edgerton, two long-time rivals getting after each other.


“Mark (Wanless) does a great job of discipline with his team, and when you get behind like we did in overtime, Edgerton is very tough to come back on because they take such good care of the basketball. You can’t give away possessions—especially in overtime—and we did that.”


Hammil’s biggest complaint in regard to the officiating occurred with less than a minute remaining in regulation and Milton clinging to a five-point lead. The Red Hawks had possession on the opposite side of the bench but could not inbound the ball. Hammil signaled for a timeout to avoid a five-second call, but neither official saw it.


Edgerton’s Derek Carrier eventually made a three-pointer to cut the lead to two, and Mitchell followed with his heroics to force overtime.


Junior John Ziegler paced the Red Hawks with a career-high 21, while senior Matt Drew added 17—including 10 in the fourth quarter.


Carrier scored 15 for the Crimson Tide, and Travis Towns added 11.


With another narrow victory in the books, Wanless tried not to look too far ahead.


“Our goal now is to beat Brodhead because they’re next on the schedule,” Wanless said. “We know who we are. We know where we’re at. And we know what we need to work on.


“We didn’t even talk about the ranking.”


EDGERTON 71, MILTON 63 (OT)


Milton (63)—Ledger, 1-2-4; Drew, 6-1-17; Nelson, 1-0-3; Pollard, 0-2-2; Walters, 4-3-12; Ziegler, 6-5-21; Hammon, 1-0-2; Jansen, 1-0-2. Totals: 20-13-63.


Edgerton (71)—Mitchell, 3-1-7; Laskowski, 0-4-4; Eastman, 3-0-8; Carrier, 5-4-15; Towns, 4-1-11; Gregory, 10-6-26. Totals: 25-16-71.


Milton 16 15 9 21 2—63


Edgerton 12 19 14 16 10—71


Three-point goals—Milton 10 (Drew 4, Ziegler 4, Nelson, Walters), Edgerton 5 (Eastman 2, Towns 2, Carrier). Free throws missed—Milton 4, Edgerton 5. Total fouls—Milton 17, Edgerton 16.



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