Milton Union’s boys kept their early season undefeated record after a game against Preble Shawnee last Friday. Milton Union’s offense got going early, and the Bulldogs rode that lead through the game. Milton took the 59-40 win.
The Bulldogs put up 24 points in the first quarter, and Shawnee entered the second quarter staring at a 24-11 deficit.
“They got hot in that first quarter,” said Shawnee head coach Jason Crider. “We pulled within five in the second half. It was one of those days where the defense was pretty effective, but Milton Union took advantage of what we gave them.”
What the Arrows wanted to do is take away the inside game from the Bulldogs and force them to shoot outside shots. They did, but the Bulldogs were hitting those shots.
Neither offense did much in the second quarter, and the halftime score still had Shawnee down 13 at 33-20. The second half was the same for Shawnee, who only put up 20 points between the third and fourth quarters.
“We were sloppy on offense, and we had too many turnovers,” Crider said.
It was just Shawnee’s second game of the season, due to several weather postponements.
“We had only had three practices since the Eaton game, and we were out of sync. We didn’t do well in the major areas. We were out-rebounded, and they had more shots in the paint.”
The Arrows pulled to within five points a couple times in the second half, but they couldn’t get over the hump. In the fourth, Milton held the ball and hit free throws to keep the lead.
“They played well,” Crider said of the Bulldogs. “They’re well-coached, and they played very different. They didn’t have many turnovers. They played a fundamentally-sound game.”
Though, Crider said the Arrows looked much better on offense and in transition defense than they did in the first game against Eaton. He’d still like to see more high-percentage shots from his team.
“I thought we passed up a lot of opportunities,” he said. “We would drive it into the paint, then kick it back out.”
Trey Smith led Shawnee’s offense with 13 points. Josh Willoughby and Eric Deaton each had seven points, and Wyatt Austin had six.
Shawnee’s Saturday game at Tri-Village was postponed due to weather, which leaves the Arrows in an interesting situation at this point in the season. They have one more game before the annual Preble Shawnee Holiday Tournament. That’s at Madison this Friday. Heading into the Holiday Tournament, the Arrows usually have eight or nine games under their belts. This year, weather permitting on Friday, they’ll have three.
The Holiday Tournament will be held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 27 and 28.