Collins Hill comes up short at Milton

MILTON -- Collins Hill had a tall order with Milton in the opening round of the state boys basketball playoffs, but the Eagles scratched and clawed until the end Friday night.

It wasn't quite enough though, as they fell 63-55 to last season's Class AAAAA runner-up.

"I was happy with our effort," Collins Hill boys coach Josh Grayson said. "I thought we played them toe to toe tonight, the difference in the game was we probably gave up eight to 10 points on easy baskets."

Nothing came easy early for Collins Hill as the Eagles struggled early on falling behind 9-0 to start the game.

Seah Nimley, who led the way for Collins Hill with 16 points, got his team going with a driving bucket but Milton forward Evan Nolte then hit three 3-pointers in the opening quarter to put Milton up 19-11 after one quarter.

Collins Hill worked the deficit down to two on a couple of occasions in the second quarter but Nolte and Julian Royal, who had a game-high 10 rebounds, kept the Eagles at bay. Jeff Glover kept Collins Hill in the game with a solid 14-point, nine-rebound performance but a late three by Nolte, who had 17 of his team's 30 first-half points, put Collins Hill in a 30-23 hole going into intermission.