vs. Millbrook School
|Date:||November 28, 2018|
Millbrook Stems Late Salisbury Rally
A furious, late-game, Knight rally fell short on Wednesday afternoon in the Flood Center as Millbrook held on to beat Salisbury, 55-51. With under two minutes left in regulation, the Knights came from 9 points down to pull within 3 points. When the Mustangs missed a pair of free throws, Salisbury had the ball, trailing 54-51 with 8.4 seconds left and a chance to tie the game. But the Knights lost control of the ball, handing it back to Millbrook, who added a free throw before time ran out.
Salisbury stayed close during a sluggish first half, taking their first lead of the game in the final minute, to go into the halftime up 22-21. Millbrook, behind 19 points from sharpshooter Colby Martins, steadily pulled away in the second half, before senior Damani Thomas led the late charge. Thomas had a pair of long three-pointers in the last-ditch rally. Thomas finished with 10 points.
Salisbury was led by junior Brandon Roughley’s 19 points to go along with 5 rebounds. Senior Sean Ingoglia pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds and chipped in 8 points. “Brandon scored efficiently,” an approving coach Kyle Dudley observed after the game, “especially in post-up situations. Sean,” Dudley continued, “showed relentless energy going for rebounds, both offensively and defensively.” Junior Parker Stone moved into the starting line-up after coming in as the sixth man for most of the 2017-18 campaign and added 8 points.
“We played hard and competed well for most of the game,” Dudley noted, in the aftermath of his first game as a head coach, “and our half-court defense was very good. The turnovers, though,” bemoaned Dudley, after taking a loss in his first-ever game as a head coach, “were particularly costly.” Dudley cited the Mustangs’ ability to convert turnovers to points as a key to their victory, as well as their accuracy from beyond the tree-point arc.
With under 30 seconds left, Roughley sustained a foot-sprain and had to leave the game. The Knights’ leading scorer will miss the next three games, including Avon Old Farms’s visit this Saturday night. That game will tip off at 7:00.