Perfect season for Beverly Hills
MILTON -- A perfect season is the ultimate goal to accomplish in team sports and Thursday night Beverly Hills Middle School's boys basketball team capped of a year the players, coaches and fans will never forget.
Beverly Hills won the Cabell County boys middle school basketball championship in a tightly contested 51-45 victory over Milton. The Blackhawks finish the year undefeated at a staggering 18-0. The Panthers' quest to win a title came up just short with a very solid 11-6 season.
Both teams battled with everything they had, but just as they had all season the Blackhawks found a way to come out on top. Beverly Hills knocked off Milton for the third consecutive time this season, but the Panthers never backed down and kept coming the entire game.
"These guys played together as a team all year no matter what and that's why we were able to finish with a perfect season," Beverly Hills coach Don Pace said. "Words can't express just how proud I am of this group of boys"
Milton tied the game at 45-45 with just 1:50 remaining in the fourth quarter, but Beverly Hills reeled off a 6-0 to take the title home. The Blackhawks' offense was lacking the fire power it had displayed all season and relied on to put games away, but then one player provided just the spark Beverly Hills needed.
After scoring just two points in the first half, Austin Trimboli took the game over in the final two quarters by pouring in 15 for a game-high 17 points. Trimboli scored 10 of his points in the third quarter and simply dominated Milton on the inside by crashing the boards and converting on nearly every opportunity he had.
"I felt like I had to make something happen in the second half and I knew I had coach and the team behind me," Trimboli said. "It's just an unbelievable feeling to be the champs and finish undefeated."
Beverly Hills point guard Nathan DeMoss also played a key role in the title for Beverly Hills. DeMoss had the hot hand early by tossing in 10 fourth quarter points and 14 overall. But his ability to push the ball up the floor on offense and force turnovers on defense made a huge impact on the game's outcome.
Elijah King was on the verge of breaking into double figures for the Blackhawks with nine points. Jared Martin added seven.
Milton's offense was centered around the exceptional post play of Niles Dailey. Beverly Hills couldn't find a way to slow the big man down, as he scored a team high 16 points. Dailey was very consistent by scoring eight points in each half.
Brad Brickford joined Dailey in double figures with 11 points. Brickford was a threat from the outside by nailing two deep three pointers.
Taylor Lewis and Dustin Scarberry added seven points each for Milton.
Milton's weakest showing was at the charity stripe, where the Panthers hit just 9-of-25 free throws. Beverly Hills also had its share of misses at the line, by going 11-of-19.
Huntington Middle edged Barboursville 36-32 in the consolation game behind TyQwan Sayles 18 points. He was the only Eagle to land in double figures.
Barboursville's Jake Burcham had 11 points to anchor the Pirates' offensive attack.
MILTON 9 17 11 8 -- 45: Brad Bickford 11, Scarberry 7, Beckett 2, Weinberg 2, Niles Dailey 16, Lewis 7.
BEVERLY HILLS 15 9 14 13 -- 51: Martin 7, Lawhon 2, King 9, Nathan DeMoss 14, Hatten 2, Trimboli 17.
HUNTINGTON 10 9 7 10 -- 36: TyQwan Sayles 18, Musick 2, White 2, Smith 6, Moultrie 2, Miller 6.
BARBOURSVILLE 6 6 8 12 -- 32: Matthews 1, Perry 6, Kinker 5, Jake Burcham 11, Jobe 3, Ballengee 6.