"I've been extremely pleased with the way Josh has played," Pippen said. "He wants to get better. He is a warrior and plays hard every day."
Shawnee (3-6) grabbed a 21-10 advantage with 4:38 to play in the half and forced Pippen to call his third timeout of the half. Following the timeout, the Ads went on a 7-0 scoring run of their own. Jamal Grey scored three points while Milburn and Jamie Grey added a bucket each to trim the lead to 21-17. After a 3-point play from Zach Bradley, who led the Golden Eagles with 13 points, Jamel Grey scored from the baseline to cut the lead to 24-19 at the half.
Danville managed just six points and turned the ball over nine times during the third quarter, but was withing striking distance at 34-25 when the period ended.
"We had good looks at the basket when we got the ball into front court," the Danville coach said. " Our problem right now is our inexperience at the guard position. We have only one person with five minutes experience a game from last years team. They are going to improve and gain experience as the year goes on. We will take our lumps along the way, but I really believe we can be a good team before the district tournament begins."
Missed free throws kept game close
Danville got a free throw from Matthew DelCotto and basket by Jamal Grey following a steal to cut the lead to 38-28, but failed to score again until Jonathan Milburn's 3-pointer - the Ads' only basket from beyond the arc - as time expired.
Meanwhile, Shawnee went on a 10-0 scoring run of their own but missed seven straight free throws down the stretch to allow the game to remain close.
"Despite the loss, I was proud of the way the kids played tonight," Pippen said. "If we can continue to play that hard against a team like that, I would like to think we can be pretty successful. They gave about as much effort as I could ask from them. I told them as long as they gave 100 percent, everything else will fall into place. I truly believe that. We just want to get better as we go along. The effort is there and they are a great group to coach."
Shawnee canned 22 of 56 shots from the field, but hit only two of 14 tries from both the free throw line and 3-point range. The Golden Eagles won the rebounding battle 32-30. Jamie Grey led the Admirals with six rebounds.
SHAWNEE (3-6) - Zach Bradley 13, Charles Pearson 11, Ralph Wright 8, Jamal Bacon 7, Danny Mason 5, Deshawn Grinter 2, Corey Jackson 2.
DANVILLE (0-3) - Josh Milburn 8, Jamie Grey 8, Jamel Grey 7, Jonathan Milburn 5, Kruz Warner 2, Matthew DelCotto 1.Shawnee13243448Danville6192531