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Big Reds roll past Riverview

Milan's Lance Lewis (22) drives for a layup against Riverview's Photo by Joel Dotson Austin Graham (3) while Jacob Novak (35) and the Pirates' Andy Kroll (15) look on. The Big Reds defeated the Pirates 65-27 on Tuesday night.
Milan’s Lance Lewis (22) drives for a layup against Riverview’s Photo by Joel Dotson
Austin Graham (3) while Jacob Novak (35) and the Pirates’ Andy Kroll (15) look on. The Big Reds defeated the Pirates 65-27 on Tuesday night.


By Joel Dotson

It took roughly six minutes for the Milan Big Reds’ game against Riverview to be decided on Tuesday night. The Big Reds jumped out to a 13-0 lead and held the Pirates scoreless until 1:35 remaining in the first quarter. The early run set the tone for Milan’s 65-27 victory over Riverview.

The Big Reds led 20-4 after the first quarter of play. Donovan Verges, Latin Davis and Jacob Novak combined to score all of the team’s points, with Verges scoring 11, Davis 8 and Novak 1.

The Pirates outscored Milan 6-2 in the first three and a half minutes of the second quarter, making the score 22-10 with 4:34 to go in the half. Milan then went on a 16-2 run in the final minutes, taking a 38-12 lead into the break. Novak had six of the team’s 18 points in the period. Davis added 6, including a 20-foot three-pointer as time expired in the half.

The Big Reds continued to extend the lead in the third quarter, scoring the first 10 points and taking a 48-12 lead halfway through the period. Novak, Davis and Lance Lewis provided the offense early in the quarter. Milan stretched their lead to 58-20 heading into the game’s final eight minutes.

The Big Reds sat their starters in the fourth, as they closed out the 65-27 road win.

On the night, Milan dominated all facets of the game – offensively, rebounding, and defensively. “We did an excellent job with ball screens. Our focus tonight was to not let Riverview’s guards beat us with those,” Milan coach Josh Tropea said after the game. “We didn’t give up any three-pointers all night and generated lots of turnovers with our traps and ball pressure.”

The Big Reds were led in scoring by Davis with 21 points. Novak added 13, and Verges 10.

“Jake (Novak) has been getting better, and this is the best game he’s played all season. He found the holes in their defense and did a great job with scoring and finding the open man while making the extra pass,” Tropea said. “I was real pleased with the energy and effort that Lance Lewis and Warren Calloway gave us on the defensive end of the game.”

The Big Reds are now 4-2 on the season and extended their Huron League conference win streak to 29 games. Their next contest is Friday at home against Flat Rock at 7 p.m. The game has been declared as a “blackout” and is designated as “Title Night”, where Milan will recognize teams and individuals who have won titles in their respective sports.


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