The John Milledge Academy boys basketball team continued its perfect season with a Thursday night win over the visiting Windsor Knights of Macon. The Trojans secured an impressive 56-45 victory, improving to 13-0 on the season.
JMA head coach David Gallagher said he was pleased with his team’s measured performance.
“We played fast but with discipline,” Gallagher said. “I was really pleased with our effort of getting to the rack.”
JMA junior Marcus Prestwood had a phenomenal night on both ends of the floor. The Trojan small forward lit up the stat sheet with an impressive 16 points, 15 rebounds and six steals.
Prestwood made his mark early with a pair of steals in the first three minutes of the game. Then, on a crowd-pleasing highlight play, Prestwood swung a behind-the-back pass to Briggs Eady for a three-point swish. The home team’s hot start had the packed Trojan Center full of energy.
Prestwood was doing it all for the crowd favorites, scoring a Euro step layup to help the Trojans pull ahead 14-9 at the end of the opening quarter.
The second period began with a bang as JMA freshman Jalan Butts brought the crowd to its feet with a monster block. The Trojan defense held up nicely, allowing just seven points in the quarter.
JMA junior Hunter Hudson provided a scoring spark off the bench with three baskets for six points. He even pulled off a last-second score to end the half, courtesy of another Prestwood assist. The Trojans ended the half with a 29-16 edge over their opponents.
The offensive intensity ramped up in the second half as both teams began scoring with more ease. JMA senior Patrick McDonel came out of the locker room on fire, splashing a three-pointer in the face of his defender. He would add another bucket and a free throw before the end of the quarter, finishing the contest with eight points.
In the final period, the visiting Knights shrunk the lead to single digits with a late comeback effort. Windsor freshman Mason Merritt led the way with some big baskets early in the fourth.
However, the comeback came too late. Prestwood took over with eight more points in the final minutes of the contest, icing the game with a big three-point play. The junior’s strong double-double proved too much for Windsor to handle.
Eady also had himself a nice night at point guard with 10 points and a handful of assists.
“We had a bye on Tuesday, so we had a bit of a break the past few days,” Gallagher said. “After having no games for almost a week, I feel like we’re a little bit more recharged now.”
The Trojans kept their perfect season rolling at Westfield Friday, winning 63-22 against the region foe. They will be on the road again Tuesday at Bethlehem Christian Academy in a 7:30 p.m. start time.