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Senior leads Sewickley Academy boys basketball

| Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
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Sewickley Academy senior John O'Malley looks past Eden Christian Academy junior Drew Helon for an open teammate during a game at Eden Christian Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
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Sewickley Academy junior Ty Roberts and Eden Christian Academy sophomore Carter Ehms each go after the ball during a game at Eden Christian Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
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Eden Christian Academy sophomore Carter Ehms, at left, and junior Drew Helon sandwich Sewickley Academy junior J.P. Bowell while trying to grab the ball during a game at Eden Christian Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
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Sewickley Academy senior John O'Malley takes a shot during a game against Eden Christian Academy at Eden Christian Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
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Sewickley Academy junior J.P. Bowell takes a shot during a game against Eden Christian Academy at Eden Christian Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
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Sewickley Academy senior Firas Termanini looks to take a shot as Eden Christian Academy senior John Porter defends during a game at Eden Christian Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
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Sewickley Academy senior Jordan Milo looks for an open teammate during a game against Eden Christian Academy at Eden Christian Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
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Eden Christian Academy junior Drew Helon and Sewickley Academy senior John O'Malley reach for the ball as teammates look on during a game at Eden Christian Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
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Sewickley Academy junior Keenan Hickton takes a shot during a game at Eden Christian Academy at Eden Christian Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
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Sewickley Academy junior Ty Roberts reaches to grab the ball while Eden Christian Academy junior Drew Helon defends during a game at Eden Christian Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
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Sewickley Academy boys basketball coach Win Palmer looks unamused as he watches his team play against Eden Christian Academy at Eden Christian Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
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(From left to right) Sewickley Academy senior Jordan Milo, Eden Christian Academy junior Drew Helon and Sewickley Academy junior Barret Fowkes wait for a rebound during a game at Eden Christian Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
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Sewickley Academy senior Nehemiah Norris, center, and others in the student section watch as an Eden Christian Academy players takes a shot in the finals moments of a close game against Sewickley Academy at Eden Christian Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. Eden Christian went on to win the game 57-55. Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald

Senior Jordan Milo has outsmarted opponents in becoming a standout on the Sewickley Academy boys basketball team, Panthers coach Win Palmer said.

“Jordan can defend a quicker player by playing the correct angles, a taller player by not allowing him to get position (and) a shooter by contesting his shots,” said Palmer, adding that Milo is a solid rebounder, too.

Milo, a 6-foot-2 guard, also has done well offensively, averaging 8.5 points and three assists in the first 10 games this season.

“Jordan is a knock-down shooter who finds open teammates with good passes,” Palmer said.

Milo sank 20 3-pointers for a Sewickley Academy team that finished fifth in WPIAL Class A a year ago.

Milo has helped ease the graduation loss of Carrington Motley, who scored more than 1,000 points in his career and averaged 20 points last year.

“We don't have that go-to player anymore,” Milo said. “Everybody's had to step up, which has made it really fun.”

One of two senior starters, Milo leads the team in a quiet way, Palmer said.

“He has a knack for reaching out to a teammate at the right times to offer helpful comments,” Palmer said. “Since he chooses his words carefully, his teammates respect his advice and take it to heart.”

Junior Keenan Hickton considers Milo a superb role model.

“He's been basketball captain and golf captain, and he's probably going to be captain of the baseball team, too,” said Hickton, 17. “He's a perfectionist.

“He's very humble and carries himself in an impressive manner.”

Milo also was a standout on a Sewickley Academy golf team that was WPIAL Class AA runner-up the past two years. He finished 12th at the WPIAL boys individual championship last fall.

He favors golf and said it has made him better in basketball.

“It steels your nerves and helps you learn about yourself,” he said.

He would like to play golf in college and is considering trying out for the team at Notre Dame, Boston College or Miami of Ohio.

He plans to study business and would like to work as an accountant one day.

Karen Kadilak is a freelance writer.

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