Big Reds lose to Detroit Jesuit

Photo by Scott Dotson Nick Perkins (34) puts up a shot in Milan’s 69-56 loss to Detroit Jesuit. Perkins led the Big Reds with 19 points.
Photo by Scott Dotson
Nick Perkins (34) puts up a shot in Milan’s 69-56 loss to Detroit Jesuit. Perkins led the Big Reds with 19 points.

By Joel Dotson

In the Romulus High School gymnasium on Monday night (Jan. 19), one player had all eyes on him. He was clad in maroon and white, wearing No. 5 on his back, last name Winston. He’s received offers from four Big Ten schools, had plenty of hype surrounding him, and has put up 30-plus points in games multiple times this season.
Cassius Winston would prove to be a challenge for the Milan Big Reds, scoring 30 points in the 69-56 Detroit Jesuit victory.
The Cubs built a 9-2 lead early in the first quarter. After a Warren Calloway bucket cut the Jesuit lead to 9-4 with 5:08 left, the Cubs went on a 12-2 run and led 21-6 at the quarter’s end.
Milan tried to claw their way back in the second quarter. Following a Winston three-pointer that put Jesuit up 30-12 with 5:12 remaining in the first half, the Big Reds knocked down four 3-pointers that helped narrow the gap to 39-26. In all, seven Cubs combined for the team’s 39 first-half points.
Milan continued putting up a fight in the third, cutting the Cub lead to 8 with 2:28 to go in the frame. After a Gary Collins layup pushed the Jesuit lead back to 10, a controversial blocking foul called on Thomas Lindeman had Milan fans in attendance frustrated with the referees. Winston, the player who was fouled, made both free throws to give Jesuit a 50-38 lead with 1:29 remaining in the stanza. The quarter ended with the Cubs up 54-43.
The Big Reds closed the gap to 10 after two free throws by Nick Perkins with 3:21 to go in the fourth, but a Winston bucket with 2:34 left put Jesuit up 61-49 and all but sealed the deal.
Despite the tough loss, Milan head coach Chris Pope was proud of his players. “It just wasn’t our night,” he said. “We didn’t finish at the basket; we didn’t rebound; we didn’t make the short shots inside the paint.
“I told the kids (in the locker room after the game) that we haven’t lost to a Class B school in three years. We step up and try to play the best talent we can play to get ourselves ready for March.”
Pope was also not discouraged by the loss. “After the first quarter, we played even with (Jesuit),” he said. “It was just a bad start for us. We competed tonight. We didn’t hang our heads when we got down 21-6 in the first quarter. We stayed in there.”
On the night, Perkins led Milan in scoring, finishing with 19 points. Latin Davis added 13, and Lance Lewis contributed 11.
The Big Reds (7-2) finished their non-conference schedule with a 4-2 record. Both losses in nonconference play were to Class A opponents.
Milan returns to the court tomorrow night, playing a home contest against conference rival New Boston (0-7). The game is set to tip off at 7 p.m.

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