Video: Wheeler holds off Milton for 64-56 win

The Wheeler Wildcats traveled to Alpharetta, Ga. to put their No. 3 state ranking on the line against the No. 7 Milton Eagles. was there to capture all the action in this exclusive video. Look inside for stats and quotes from Coach Dave Burnett and Coach Doug Lipscomb.

Alpharetta, Ga. - Last night's highly publicized (6-AAAAA) matchup between No. 7 ranked Milton and No. 3 ranked Wheeler was everything we expected it to be. The Eagles gave the Wildcats all they could handle, but some critical mistakes down the stretch led to a 64-56 loss.

"They've got a very good team," said Wheeler Head Coach Doug Lipscomb. "They play well together. We were fortunate to get out of here with a win tonight. I'm very proud of the way our team played and I hope we can continue to make progress."

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Wheeler Head Coach Doug Lipscomb

J.J. Hickson had 31 points and 7 rebounds to lead Wheeler to a 64-56 win over Milton Saturday night. The 6-9, 220-pound North Carolina State signee proved to be more than just a post player by knocking down back-to-back three pointers to start the game.

"I think he had 31 points or something like that," said Milton Head Coach Dave Burnett. "I don't know how many blocks or rebounds, but he had a huge night. We really didn't have the answer for him. We tried to give Conner some help. Conner is giving up about three inches and 20-40 pounds. He did a good job, but we've got to do a better job from a team perspective next time."

Wheeler improves to (12-3, 4-0) on the season while Milton drops to (11-2, 4-0). However, despite the loss, the Eagles proved that they could play with the top ranked teams in the state.

"Yeah, Our kids think that we can play with them," said Coach Burnett. "We believed we could coming in here. I think maybe more so now since we played them such a tough game."

"We felt like we gave a great effort tonight. We really had a chance to win the basketball game. We had a couple of crucial turnovers there in the fourth quarter. You can't do that against a team like them. They've got some great players on that team and it only makes it tougher."

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Milton Head Coach Dave Burnett

Furman commit, Connor Nolte continued to impress on Saturday, pouring in 32 points and 9 rebounds. He made his presence known as one of the Peach State's most dangerous outside shooters.

"Conner is a fantastic player," said Coach Lipscomb. "He's been a fantastic player for them all four years. He's going to definitely blossom on the next level. I can't way to see him play on the next level. I think he's the heart and soul of Milton. He's a very polite young man and well mannered. That's a sign of his parents doing a very good job with him as well."

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Wheeler Wildcats 64

2 J.J. Hickson 31 points, 7 rebounds
4 Corey Tower 15 points, 3 rebounds
23 DeQuan Jones 10 points, 10 rebounds
21 Trey Lang 5 points, 8 rebounds
11 Phil Taylor 3 points

Milton Eagles 56

20 Conner Nolte 32 points, 9 rebounds
2 Tony Smith 10 points, 9 rebounds
24 Brody Littley 8 points, 1 rebounds, 5 assists
12 Matt Freimuth 4 points, 4 rebounds
1 Calvin Ganus 5 steals

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Conner Nolte led all scorers with 32 points for Milton

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