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BOYS BASKETBALL: Kettering's defense clamps down, stifles Milford in low-scoring battle

The Milford Mavericks, playing their fourth game in the last six days, dropped their fourth straight, losing to the home standing Waterford Kettering Captains, 37-30, on Thursday night.

Kettering, behind coach Ben Kelso, meticulously ran its offense and settled for open shots throughout the game. Coach David Gilbert’s Milford team played very strong defense throughout the night, causing the game to come to a virtual stall in the third quarter, as Kettering scored four points and Milford failed to score despite getting off five shots in the quarter.

Kelso had his Kettering team disciplined as they stayed true to their half-court offensive set, sometimes running the offense for two minutes before settling on a shot.

Milford tried to pick up the pace and rally in the fourth quarter by fouling the Captains and putting them on the line. Kettering hit only 4 of 11 from the line in the fourth quarter but it proved to be a little too late, as the Mavericks could not get any closer than six points. Connor Young and Kyle Valden led the rally with five and four points, respectively, in the last quarter.

Leading the Mavericks in scoring was sixth man Devin Vogel with 10 points. Young chipped in nine points. The Captains were led by senior Jon Scarber with 13 points and senior Noah Stinson with eight points.

The Mavericks (0-4) do not return to action until January 2 and should welcome back a big part of the team as five players did not dress for the Kettering game due to injuries. Kettering ran their record to 3-1.



WATERFORD KETTERING 37, MILFORD 30

Milford - Millington 1 1-2 3, Valden 1 2-4 4, Hale 1 0-0 2, Young 3 (1) 0-0 9, Jacklic 1 0-0 2, Vogel 3 (1) 1-1 10, Field 0 0-0 0, Vanlangen 0 0-0 0.

Team Totals: 10-24 FG, 2-9 3PT, 4-7 FT, 17 rebounds (Valden 5, Hale 3, Vogel 3), 6 assists (Jacklic 3), 6 turnovers, 30 points.

Kettering – Scarber 3 (2) 1-4 13, Stinson 4 0-2 8, Williams 3 0-0 6, Webb 2 1-3 5, Terry 0 (1) 0-0 3, Netschke 0 2-2 2, Inglsbee 0 0-0 0.

Team Totals: 12 FG, 3 3PT, 4-12 FT 37 points.

Score By Quarter

Milford 4 13 0 13 30

Waterford Kettering 13 8 4 12 37

Last Updated: 12/20/2013 3:24:44 PM EST

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