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The Milford Mavericks took on the host team, the Northville Mustangs in the championship game of the 2011 Northville Tournament, and came away with a 49-34 win to take home the championship trophy Thursday night.

The key to the Mavericks play so far this year has been their defense, and this night was no different. Milford’s defense smothered Northville most of the game, forcing outside shots and causing several turnovers resulting in Maverick scoring opportunities.

Milford denied any shots down low in the first quarter and the Mustangs were unable to connect on several outside shots as the Mavericks jumped out to an early 9-2 lead.

Brandon Wallace, who connected on two 3-pointers and three free throws, scored all of Milford's points.

Northville was able to pick up its offense in the second and third quarters, however Milford’s defense continued to be effective while getting steady offensive output from the team.

Mavericks guard Joshua Corey connected on two 3-pointers. In addition, the Mavericks went to the free-throw line nine times during the second and third quarters, connecting on eight of their nine attempts. At the end of the third, Milford held a 31-20 lead.

As in most basketball games the fourth quarter turned into an exciting finish.

Northville forward Brett MacDonald got a rare shot down low for two, also connecting on two 3-pointers and sank a free throw to cut into the Milford lead.

With four minutes to go in the game, the Mustangs had closed the gap to five points.

Northville’s defensive efforts picked up considerably in the fourth, as it applied a full court press on the Mavericks. Milford quickly adjusted and was able to get several open opportunities down low, resulting in a few uncontested layups.

As Northville’s defense picked up, so did their team fouls. Early in the fourth they found themselves in foul trouble, sending the Mavericks to the free-throw line 14 times. In total, the Mavericks went to the free-throw line 26 times during the game, converting on 19. The Mustangs went to the line nine times, making six.

In the end Milford’s defense and their free-throw shots were too much for Northville. Wallace scored a team-high 15 points for Milford. Corey finished with 12, while Jacob Lee had nine, Stephen Sloboda seven and Chris Orr six for the Mavericks (5-0).

Last Updated: 12/30/2011 3:23:09 PM EST

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