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Milan 65, Southwestern 64 (SEILS webcast)

Milan- Friday’s ORVC match up between Southwestern and Milan lived up to all of the pregame hype.  The game was tied seven times and featured 17 lead changes. The last lead change came as the final buzzer sounded when a turnaround jumper by the Milan’s Carsyn Ascherman swished the net, giving the host Indians a 65-64 win.

This game was part of our Highpoint Health Basketball Webcast Schedule and can be seen again in HD by clicking here.

Neither team led by more than three points in the opening quarter which ended tied at 17.  The Rebels’ Foster Mefford tallied eight in the quarter, dropping in a pair of arc busters and a couple of free throws.  Adam Norman’s five points led Milan which had five different players score in the frame.

Foul trouble forced Mefford to the bench for most of the second quarter but teammate Austin Kramer picked up the slack, scoring eight points in the period to give him a team-high 10 for the first half.  Norman added a pair of buckets in the quarter to lead the Indians with nine first-half points while teammate Carter Wade had eight. The Rebels took a 34-30 lead into intermission.

After Southwestern opened the second half with a bucket, Milan went on a 15-2 run to take a 45-38 advantage.  The lead later grew to nine when Wade scored on a traditional three-point play.  But the Rebels scored the final five points of the quarter to trim their deficit to 50-46 with eight minutes to play.  Mefford’s seven points led Southwestern in that stanza while Ascherman’s six topped the Indians. Wert added five.  

After Southwestern took a 53-52 lead on a fourth quarter layup by Kramer, Milan twice got back up by four.   Wade assisted Norman on an inside bucket to put Milan ahead 61-57.  Then after Milan hit one of two free throws to go up 63-61, Mefford swiped the ball at half court and drove to the rim to tie the game at 63 with just over a minute left.  Mefford also had a deflection on Milan’s next possession to cause a turnover and give the Rebels a chance to go for a game winning shot.

The Hanover boys worked the ball in the half court, taking over 30 seconds off the clock and the game to under 10 seconds.  Zach Cole got a shot in the lane with 5.3 seconds to play. The shot was missed, but Cole was fouled and sent to the free throw line for two shots.  He missed the first but hit the second to put the Rebels up one.  

The Indians Peyton Wert took the inbound ball and lobbed a pass to Ascherman from half court to the baseline.  Ascherman turned and fired with a fade from a few feet outside the lane. The ball found nothing but the bottom of the net, sending the home crowd into a frenzy as the Indians won 65-65. 

The victory upped Milan’s ORVC mark to 2-0 while the loss dropped Southwestern to 2-2 in the league and greatly reduces the Rebels chances to defend their conference title.

Our Southeastern Indiana REMC Power Player of the Game was Milan’s Carsyn Ascherman who finished with a team-high 18 points including the game winning buzzer beater.  He also had five rebounds and five assists.

In addition to Ascherman, the Indians Adam Norman and Carter Wade each finished in double figures with 16 and 13 respectively.  Norman turned in nine rebounds while Wade contributed e8ght boards, six assists and three steals.  Mefford scored 11 of his game-high 26 in the fourth quarter for Southwestern and had four triples on the night. Kramer, Cole and Billy Eccles all finished with 12 points giving the Rebels four players in double figures. Kramer had a nice stat line with six rebounds, five assists and five steals.

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