On Saturday, March 15th, the Millbrook Pioneers captured the Group AA boys basketball state championship with a 53-43 win over Brunswick. Following the victory, head coach Scott Mankins gave all credit to his players, who finished the year with a 29-1 record.
“We’ve got good players,” said Mankins, who has a good group of players returning for next season as well. “They know what it takes to win and they made a lot of individual sacrifices to put the team ahead of anything else.”
Headlining the talented group is 6-2, 175-pound junior Erick Green , who committed to Virginia Tech in late January. Millbrook’s point guard was having an outstanding junior season before the start of the playoffs, but, according to his coach, took his game to another level beginning with the District championship win over Handley.
“He finally started reaching the level where he made other people better,” Mankins said of Green, who earned Region Player of the Year honors this season. “He did whatever we needed done to win the game. His assists went up. His shooting percentage went up. He played his best defense in the playoffs. Most importantly, he made other players better.”
Green, who averaged 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists on the season, scored 18 points in the state championship game victory. Up next, he plans to play AAU basketball with the Triple Threat team out of Washington, D.C.
“The key for him is to stay hungry and keep working on his overall game and strength,” Mankins said.
Green committed to Virginia Tech over offers from George Mason and St. Joseph’s, among others. He is being recruited to play point guard for the Hokies.
The state title game…
Brunswick had a 15-13 lead by the end of the first quarter, but Millbrook had the momentum. Brunswick started off the game with a 9-2 run, but Millbrook scored seven straight points to tie the game at 9. Erick Green scored the last five points of that 7-0 run and scored seven points total in the quarter. His bucket at the end of the...
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