Milton (4-1) won its third straight game with a hard fought 63-61 victory over Madison East (WI) (0-1) on Friday night. The hotly contested contest was tied at the end of the first (20-20) and second quarters (33-33) as neither team led by no more than six points.
Milton opened the third quarter on a 7-4 run behind a pair of three-pointers from freshman Kanaan Carlyle however Madison East would close the third quarter with an 11-6 push behind Anthony Washington to led 48-46 headed to the fourth.
In the fourth the already intense and physical contest would see Madison East’s Washington and Jevan Boyton miss time as each had to be treated for infection control nearly two minutes into the quarter. Both would return and be able to finish the game. A Keonte Jones steal and layup gave Madison East a 61-59 lead with 1:22 remaining.
Bruce Thornton would twice drive and draw fouls to first tie the game at 61-all on a pair of free throws, then make another pair of free throws with 39.1 seconds remaining to give Milton a 63-61 lead. Madison Eastside, playing in their season opener, had a three-pointer attempted and several putback attempts miss on their final possession to seal the Milton victory.
Carlyle led Milton in scoring with 19 points and added 4 assists while Bruce Thornton had 15 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Cameron Walker finished with 10 while Evan Hurst had 8 points in the book.
Anthony Washington led Madison Eastside with 16 points followed by Michael McIntosh with 10. Keonte Jones tallied 9 while Jevan Boyton had 8.
Under head coach Matt Miota- now in his tenth season, Madison East was 22-2, Big Eight Conference champions and ranked No.1 in the state during the 2018-19 season before being upset in the regional finals by 8th-seeded Racine Horlick in the WIAA Division 1 playoffs in Wisconsin last year.
Madison East (WI) will take on Berkmar (2-7) today at in the BCB Buford Showcase at Buford City Arena at 4pm. Berkmar defeated Central Gwinnett 82-75 Friday night.
Milton will host Jonesboro (4-2) today as a part of the Survivors & Champions Classic at Milton.