WOODSTOCK, Ga. – The Milton High School boys’ basketball team’s aggressive defense frustrated rival Roswell and sparked the Eagles to a 70-39 victory over the Hornets Saturday at Etowah. The victory puts the Eagles back in the state tournament after they had to sit out last year due to the recruiting violations that occurred under the tenure of former coach David Boyd.
Roswell led 8-4 midway through the opening period before Milton scored the next nine points. The Eagles then went on a 15-0 run to start the second quarter, with the Hornets failing to connect on a field goal and scoring just three points in the period.
Milton scored the first 10 points of the third quarter to take a 40-13 lead before the Hornets were finally able to mount an effective offensive burst, closing within 49-28 going to the final period.
Milton quickly blew the game open with another 10-0 run to start the fourth quarter and coasted from there.
Zack Hodskins led the Eagles with 22 points, including six three-pointers, four coming during the 10-0 runs to start the third and fourth quarters. Shawn O’Connell added 19 for Milton, including his team’s first eight points of the game, keeping the Eagles close early while they sputtered offensively.
Chris Lewis did not have a field goal for the Eagles until the final period, but his defensive play around the basket was a key to the Milton victory.
Josh Selembo led the Hornets with 16 points.
Roswell’s girls’ team, which went 13-1 in region play to earn the No. 1 seed, coasted past Milton 53-27 in a first round game at Roswell earlier last week. Purdue signee Andreona Keys had 28 points and 11 rebounds for the Hornets, Nikki Cwalina added 10 points and five Roswell players, including Keys, hit at least one three-point basket.