AAAAA boys: Milton 73, Harrison 52

Sophomore guard Jalyn Patterson scored 20 points and had five steals Thursday as top-ranked Milton (28-4) defeated Harrison 73-52 in the Class AAAAA boys semifinals at the Gwinnett Arena and became the third boys program history to reach four straight Georiga finals in the highest class, first since Norcross (2005-08).

Milton opened the second half with an 8-0 run to lead 45-31 and had a 12-0 run later in the quarter for 60-41. Shaquille Johnson was 4-for-4 with two dunks and a 3 in the quarter and finished with 17 points, four dunks and seven rebounds.

Milton’s Evan Nolte, a starter on all four of Milton’s state final teams, scored 17 points and had four blocked shots and three steals.

Harrison’s Marshall Guilimette scored 21 points – 17 in the first half on 7-of-8 shooting. He had seven rebounds.

Harrison, making its first boys semifinal appearance, finished 23-8.

Milton will play Savannah in Friday’s 8:45 p.m. championship game.

Unofficial stats -

Shaquille Johnson 8-13, 3 steals, 7 rebounds, 4 dunks, 1 block, 17 points
Evan Coleman 3-7, 2 steals, 2 rebounds, 7 points
Jalyn Patterson 8-10 (1-2 FT), 4 rebounds, 5 steals, 20 points
Evan Nolte 6-12 (4-5 FT), 3 steals, 3 blocks, 4 rebounds, 17 points
Tevin Glass 4-10 (1-7 FT), 9 points, 3 rebounds, 3 blocks
Mo Lewis IV 1-1, 3 rebounds (0-2 FT) 2 points
Marshall Guilmette 8-14 (5-7 FT), 7 rebounds, 2 blocks, 21 points

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Good Grief

March 9th, 2012
1:57 am

GHSA probably hoping Milton wins to quiet this fire storm.

Milton boogey man.

March 9th, 2012
6:29 am

Congrats to Harrison on great season…..Marshall Guilmette headed to D1….Milton aint legit as they recruit.

nick p

March 9th, 2012
7:36 am

hey boogey man, your an idiot, just take your loss like a man, dont be a coward! maybe if your team really works hard, and get ridof crappy fans such as your self, perhaps next year they will do better, until then, dont be a sore loser!


March 9th, 2012
8:20 am

If there is something worse than a sore loser it is a sore Winner???? Just win with class and move on….But Milton cannot do that.


March 9th, 2012
9:19 am

As far as actually recruiting (i.e. – paying) players, I would never make that accusation without proof. But let’s be honest – whether it is AAU connections, the perception that playing for a top-ranked team and “name” coach will brink increased college recruting exposure, or the allure of playing on the high school equivalent of the “Dream Team”, it is a fact that Milton’s team (and a handful of others around ATL) is comprised almost exclusively of players who have transferred in solely for the purpose of playing basketball.

Contrast that with Harrison’s team, whose core group of seniors have been playing together in the feeder system since the 6th grade. And Harrison’s program itself was subjected to “transferitis” when one of it’s upcoming stars (Elijah Staley) left to join Wheeler, another program comprised mostly of transfers.

Of course, Staley left because Wheeler supposedly has the better program, and yet Wheelr lost in the early rounds while Harrison made it all the way to the semis without him. Hey Elijah – we could have used your 6′8″ frame to pair with Marshall to take on Glass & Johnson!


March 9th, 2012
10:17 am

All I know is that Milton better not sleep on Savannah. Those kids down there from the COASTAL EMPIRE play with heart and smarts. They have been slept on all year. There is a reason they only lost 2 games. I’m just saying, Yall better be careful and don’t celebrate too soon! You have been warned!

Good Grief

March 9th, 2012
11:10 am

I definitely think it is an AAU connections. Also look how many guys these schools send to college. Also look at the exposure they get. Miller Grove was on ESPN twice this year. Milton was on ESPN last year. It’s hard to imagine a kid and his parents not wanting to be a part of it. I don’t see it any differently than a kid who can play an instrument going to a school with a better performing arts program.


March 9th, 2012
12:24 pm

007 let them know what it is.. CHATHAM COUNTY SOUTH GEORGIA GOONS WILL SHOCK THE STATE 2NITE…32 minutes of hell nolan richardson style of play 10 DEEP!!!!!!!!!!


March 9th, 2012
1:32 pm

Congratulations to the HOME GROWN Harrison Hoyas on an incredible run and a great season! A further congratulations to the 5 seniors of the Hoyas who have been wearing the Blue and Green of the Hoyas since they were 7 years old! As frustrating as the loss was last night it was so rewarding to see those 5 young men and their teammates achieve the success they have worked so hard for TOGETHER over the past 10+ years.

As for Milton, congratulations, you are a truly incredible team. I cannot take anything away from those young men as they are a collection of wildly talented players. Like it or not, there will always be an asterik next to any title you (or schools such as Wheeler) ever win as there is something about the way your ‘teams’ are constructed each and every year, (like a top college program) that just feels a bit ‘off.’

Hey, if I’m a fan of Milton I’m sure I’d have blinders on as well because at the end of the day its all about wins…but when each year Top 100 players somehow end up moving into apartments inside the school district and your program somehow reloads like you are Kentucky, how can you not see why other programs/fans around the state are calling ‘foul?’

I take nothing away from the kids on either side, some great players on that court and best of luck to each of them as they move forward in their careers. Best of luck to Milton tonight, I honestly cannot imagine this team winning by less than 20+ tonight, they are remarkably talented.

This post isn’t to make excuses for the loss because honestly, the better group of players won last night…but the best TEAM was and is the HARRISON HOYAS. Thank you to Coach Churchwell and the Hoyas for an incredible season and I have enjoyed watching you seniors play over the past 8 years! Well done….


March 9th, 2012
2:56 pm

Where are apartments in Milton?

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March 9th, 2012
6:24 pm

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Wheeler Parent!

March 26th, 2012
2:24 pm

@Hoyaobserver even if you guys would have had Elijah, you still would have lost. The players and parents are to selfish! Last year Elijah would be wide open and they would Not pass him the ball. The parents in the stands would get mad if he even took a shoot. It would have been the same way this year if he had stayed. not only that, but its still a lot of racism going on at Harrison. I was at the Milton game and I heard a parent yell, “put the white kids back in”! That was CRAZY. Harrison will never go no further than they did with that kind of non-sense going on..I could say so much more but I will stop here.. but congrats on a great season HARRISON.

Wheeler Parent!

March 26th, 2012
2:45 pm

Harrison Recruits players also. They just dont do a good job at it… Jamal, the point gaurd that graduated last year… well he was at Pope and Churchwell RECRUITED him. He played Aau with them and the next thing you know, he was at Harrison. ELIJAH LEWIS… from Cali was also influenced to come to harrison.. he played AAU With Churchwell also… Recruiting happens every where


April 2nd, 2012
9:10 am

Wheeler Parent, or rather “Elijah’s Parent” (given that you were at Harrison’s games last year),

Let me get this straight… Harrison, a school that is 88% white due to the demographics of the people living within its boundaries, is so racist that they have a black basketball coach! But I guess Coach Churchwell is just an “Uncle Tom” in your eyes, right.

Please take you racist drivel somewhere else.

Wheeler Parent!

April 3rd, 2012
11:51 pm

I guess who ever runs this blog erased my last statement.. but I am a close friend of the Staley’s, not his parent…@hoyaobserver! And you only commented about the racism and not the recruiting that all schools do.. including Harrison.. but it is racism at YOUR school. OPEN YOUR EYES… TALK TO. SOME OF THE BLACK KIDS…and see what they have to say… white kids calling black kids reggin!! Flip that around and tell me what it spells… racism does exist at your school.. again, open your eyes..and stop trying to act like it doesnt go on at Harrison…