Big Reds beat Flat Rock in return home

Photo by Joel Dotson The Big Reds' basketball team poses with cheerleaders and the student section in their "Team Mason" shirts. The team honored 2-year-old Milan resident Mason Farmer, who passed away after a battle with lymphoma. The Big Reds beat Flat Rock 59-39 on Friday night.
Photo by Joel Dotson
The Big Reds’ basketball team poses with cheerleaders and the student section in their “Team Mason” shirts. The team honored 2-year-old Milan resident Mason Farmer, who passed away after a battle with lymphoma. The Big Reds beat Flat Rock 59-39 on Friday night.
By Joel Dotson

 The Milan Big Reds returned home on Friday night for the first time in a month, and beat the Flat Rock Rams 59-39. The win marked the Big Reds’ 30th straight Huron League conference victory.

The game was partially overshadowed by the news that 2-year-old Mason Farmer, a Milan resident who had been battling lymphoma since October, passed away Thursday afternoon. A moment of silence was held before the game began in Farmer’s memory.

After trailing 5-4 with 6:09 to go in the first quarter, the Big Reds went on an 18-0 run over the next five and a half minutes. Milan led the Rams 22-5 with 1:45 remaining in the period. Nick Perkins scored nine of his 13 points during the run. The Big Reds took a 26-10 lead into the second quarter.

The Big Reds began the second stanza with 15 unanswered points in the first 7:23, and the Rams’ only bucket came on a three-pointer with 37 seconds left in the quarter. Milan took a 41-13 lead at the half.

The Big Reds’ lead was enough for the team to rest their starters in the entire second half. Six different Milan players scored the team’s 18 points in the half. When the final horn sounded, the Big Reds took home the 59-39 win.

“The team came out of the locker room with intensity, and the way they played in the first half gave us a chance to rest our starters for the big game tomorrow,” said Milan coach Josh Tropea after the game. “We’ve got a big game tomorrow that will show us where we are as a team and what to look for when we go to districts in March.”

Eleven Big Reds scored points on the night. Perkins led the group with 13. Lance Lewis added 8, Garrett Gardette 7, and Jake Novak and Latin Davis each had 6. Flat Rock’s leading point scorer was Kevin Fritz, who had 13.

The Big Reds travel to Saginaw High School to play the host Trojans in a tournament Saturday night at 7 p.m. The game between the two schools is the last of four being played in the Dorian Dawkins “Show Your Heart” Memorial Classic.

 

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