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December 28, 2013

H.S. boys basketball: Baker, Milton win own tournament opener

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The Rangers tried to close the gap quickly with 3-pointers down the stretch, but outside shots were not falling consistently and shots beyond the arc did not fall late, allowing Milton to slow the game down and wind the clock down.

The Black Panthers took a one-point lead into the fourth quarter after Baker drained a trey and Charlie Margelewicz answered on a jumper for the Rangers.

With a game that was one missed shot from a potential breakaway, both teams struggled to find their stroke early in the fourth quarter.

Bruno remarked that he was excited with the way that his defense shut down the Rangers, adding that holding a team to 40 points was a goal for his squad.

"I know how hard it is for us to score points," Bruno said. "The kids learn in a tight one how to win one and that's all part of growing."

While the Black Panthers endured stretches of close misses, the defensive pressure that the Black Panthers showed at the other end limited the Rangers to many one-and-done possessions.

Early in the game, the Milton defense continually pulled down rebounds to prevent putbacks to end the first quarter with eight straight points to take an 18-11 lead.

The Rangers worked back to tie the game at 31 in the third quarter before Baker knocked down a three that gave the Black Panthers a lead that the home team did not relinquish despite challenges late in the game.

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