Big Reds lose to Grosse Ile on Senior Night

Photo by Joel Dotson Jarius Hamilton (23) drives for a layup in the first half of Milan’s 61-56 loss to Grosse Ile on Feb. 24. The senior forward led the Big Reds with 18 points.

Photo by Joel Dotson
Jarius Hamilton (23) drives for a layup in the first half of Milan’s 61-56 loss to Grosse Ile on Feb. 24. The senior forward led the Big Reds with 18 points.

By Joel Dotson

In a perfect world, the seven Milan Big Red senior basketball players would have walked away with a win on their special night. However, not even momentum from a six-game winning streak would assist Milan, as they lost to Grosse Ile 61-56 on Feb. 24.
The game was a reversal of their previous matchup in January, which saw Grosse Ile attempt a comeback but ultimately lose by two points. In this battle, it would be Milan who came back from a deficit, which reached a high of seven points midway through the 3rd quarter.
Over the final 3:54 of the frame, which was kick-started by a Trevor Ballard three-pointer, the Big Reds outscored the Red Devils 11-5 and narrowed the visitors’ lead to 46-44.
Milan briefly took the lead in the 4th quarter, scoring the quarter’s first 4 points by way of a Kenari Moore bucket off a steal, and a Jarius Hamilton driving layup. Yet after the Red Devils tied the game at 48 a short time later, the momentum swung their way for the remainder of the contest.
Milan head coach Chris Pope was disappointed with the final result. “We just didn’t play well enough and it’s simple as that,” he said. “They played better than us and wanted (the win) more than us. We didn’t play with enough energy and effort. We did a bad job defensively, giving up 61 points after playing so well (the last few games).
“We’d get a stop and then they’d get a layup. We’d miss an assignment and they hit a three. The little things like that add up, and you can’t keep digging yourself out of those holes when they’re that deep. It was not a good loss, and that’s on me.”
In the Senior Night matchup, Milan trailed throughout, minus the brief 4th quarter lead.
On the bright side, two seniors led Milan in scoring. Hamilton – who has primarily been a player coming off the bench in the second half of the season – netted 18 and led the team, while Jeremy Morgan added 12.

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