Now that Milton coach David Boyd has had some time to think about it, losing to Norcross in the state championship was not that bad.
In fact, Boyd thinks — all things considered — it was a very respectable season for Milton, which began the season ranked No. 1 in the nation by several polls.
“I’m not quite as exuberant this time of year as I was last year,” Boyd said.
“But when I look back at the amazing accomplishments of our team this season and the past three years, it’s just incredible.
“We beat this year’s Class AA champion [GAC] 73-35, we beat Norcross in the regular season, and we beat Winter Park not once but twice and they won Florida’s state championship. We beat Oak Hill, one of the top programs in the country. We beat Wheeler by double digits.
“To make it all the way to the championship game with all the pressure, leading the game with less than two minutes, I think it’s fair to say we had a remarkable run.”
Boyd says his will focus on the team’s three-year run, including three straight appearances in the Class AAAAA state championship game (winning once), when he meets with the squad on Tuesday.
And what about the Norcross loss on Friday? “Norcross had won 16 in a row, and we had won 19 in a row — something had to give,” Boyd said.
“I thought our defense was tremendous. What hurt us is that they killed on the boards with rebounds. We did not rebound well, and then we turned it over in the fourth quarter, which made it difficult for our defense … (continued below)
“We got hurt because we didn’t rebound, and there’s no excuse for that. We kept throwing the ball to one spot. We were hanging on to the ball, and trying to do something we were capable of rather than moving the ball around.”
The Milton coach gave props to Norcross. “They hit some incredible shots at the end to win that game. So you have to give them credit for making those plays.”
It was a shocking loss to many, but not to Boyd. “I’m not in a state of disbelief. We played well enough to win the majority of our games. We didn’t finish this game well enough to win. It was a 2-point game with 7 seconds to play, so I’m not in a state of disbelief. I’m disappointed about the outcome but I’m excited about the future of our program. I think we’re going to be very good next year.”
Now it’s YOUR turn. What are your thoughts on the legacy of Milton’s 2011 team? Note: Inappropriate remarks will not be tolerated.