Milton High loses on buzzer beater in ESPNU-televised championship basketball game

Milton’s Shannon Scott and Julian Royal were named to the all-tournament team at the City of Palms Classic in Ft. Myers, Fla.

New Jersey’s St. Patrick defeated Milton High 69-67 on a buzzer beater in Wednesday night’s tournament championship game which was televised on ESPNU.

Royal (signed with Georgia Tech) finished with 20 points, while Scott (Ohio State) scored 17.

Here’s more on the game from Adam Fisher of the Naple News

It was only fitting that in the strongest field the tournament had ever assembled, the State Farm City of Palms Classic had one of the best finishes in its 38 years.

Jarrel Lane swished a deep 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left for Elizabeth (N.J.)-St. Patrick, and time expired before Alpharetta (Ga.)-Milton could inbound the ball as the Celtics won 69-67. The lead changed hands 10 times in the final four minutes, and St. Patrick trailed in the final seconds after leading by 13 in the second half.

“When I let it go, I knew it was good,” Lane said. “Once it went through and I saw the clock was zeros, I was excited. I was excited I hit the shot and excited for the team that we finally won the trophy and can take it back to Jersey.”

The drama made the Celtics’ first City of Palms championship all the more sweeter. St. Patrick made its record 10th trip to the tournament, but before this year had never won the title. The Celtics had finished runner-up five times before finally breaking through Wednesday.

“Anyway to win it,” said Celtics coach Kevin Boyle, who had led St. Patrick to all 10 of its tournament appearances since 1992. “I’m a little bit upset we let a 13-point lead get away, but you’ve got to give (Milton) at lot of credit.”

Division I recruits Michael Gilchrist and Derrick Gordon combined to score 45 points for St. Patrick, but Lane was the hero. Lane’s game-winning 3 was the only shot he attempted in the game.

It was the first time a City of Palms championship ended on a buzzer-beater since Falls Church (Va.)-Flint Hill won in 1989. In that game, future Wake Forest star Randolph Childress drained a game-winning 3-pointer in triple overtime.

“We’ve not seen a finish like that in 21 years,” Classic Basketball Inc., vice president Donnie Wilkie told the crowd immediately following the game.

The winning shot wasn’t designed to go to Lane. Lane inbounded the ball with 5.3 seconds left, and the play was designed to be a lob pass to the 6-foot-7 Gilchrist at the rim. The Milton defense focused on Gilchrist, however, leaving Lane open.

“The play broke down, to be honest,” Boyle said. “We got a break because (the defense) forgot about the inbounder.”

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13 comments Add your comment


December 23rd, 2010
1:23 am

WHAT a game!!! Milton finally showed what they’re capable of tonight. I think they’ll still catch one more loss in GA, but they represented the state in great fashion. They should be ranked no. 1 next week with Wheeler losing in Hawaii. Best high school game in terms of talent and the way it was played in probably 2-3 years.

Milton dad

December 23rd, 2010
1:54 am

Agreed W/E. Shannon played a phenominal game. Think the outcome might have been different had Milton not missed 13 of their first 14 free throws? You read that right. They were 1 for 14 before they started htting a more respectable percentage. I think Shannon was 0 for his first 7. But, WOW, what a great game. The Wheeler game has the potential to be a great one also. A lot of pride in that one. Jan 29 I think.
Thanks for the coverage Carv.


December 23rd, 2010
3:12 am

Glad the Milton boys represented Georgia well! Very proud of the resolve they showed in battling back. THAT is what Georgia athletics is about.

Nick P.

December 23rd, 2010
8:54 am

fantastic game even though we lost! very exciting! both teams deserved to win!


December 23rd, 2010
8:58 am

If there is a lockout next year, put Gilchrist with Brandon Knight, Terrence Jones and other 5 star recruits coming into Lexington, you might as well not play the season-UK will win the 2011-12 title.


December 23rd, 2010
9:07 am

That was an exciting game and there was so much talent all over the court. I still think Milton is the best team in the state just slightly ahead of Miller Grove(yes I know MG beat them) but sometimes it seems it takes them a while to wake up. The missed free throws killed them in this game. Again great game and I look forward to seeing more great Georgia high school basketball this season. Don’t sleep on Columbia High!


December 23rd, 2010
11:10 am

great game! however, i don’t understand why the clock wasn’t stopped after the last bucket. high school does not have a running clock and scott clearly called a timeout after the shot went in…


December 23rd, 2010
11:12 am

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WheelerFan #2

December 23rd, 2010
12:22 pm

milton was 1-12 i think from the line until the 4th….left alot of points on the table….Will Im pretty sure the clock doesnt stop after baskets, never has, and milton was probably out of timeouts as they used 3 in the 3rd quarter, 2 after runs by the celtics and one more at the end of the quarter with 1 second left to save possession…I’m sure they probably used one more in the 4th at some point leaving them with none


December 23rd, 2010
3:13 pm

things must have changed since i played hs ball….oh well…those guys all have bright futures!

WheelerFan #2

December 23rd, 2010
4:56 pm

i could be wrong with the clock but i dont think it stops on made shots


December 24th, 2010
8:11 am


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