PIAA Class 6A Boys Basketball: Carlisle vs Emmaus (copy)

Carlisle’s Deshawn Millington

Michael Bupp, The Sentinel

Every Monday night for the rest of the high school year, our sports staff will name a Sentinel Athlete of the Week featuring one area athlete who stood out in competition.

Few have had the consistent success this season as Carlisle guard Deshawn Millington.

Currently fourth all-time in school history in points and inching toward 1,600 for his career, Millington once again did this week what he usually does each week: average nearly 20 points, make highlight plays and set up his teammates for others.

The senior scored 16 points, snagged nine rebounds and dished out 11 assists in Saturday’s epic double-overtime win over Emmaus 78-74, launching the Thundering Herd into the PIAA Class 6A semifinals, their first trip to the state semis since Carlisle won four straight state titles from 1985 to 1988.

Millington, who also had 21 in a much less stressful 85-69 win over Lincoln in Thursday’s second round to set up the Emmaus battle, now has five state playoff wins in two seasons. And his senior class now has 76 wins in four seasons.

He’s averaging 19.2 points per game this season and 19.1 during the postseason.

Q: What are your keys to success as a basketball player?

A: Just being a leader, on and off the court. Physically and vocally playing my role.

Q: What hobbies do you have outside of your sport?

A: I just chill and relax my body on my days off.

Q: If you could have any job in the world, what would it be and why?

A: I don’t even know, to be honest, but probably something that doesn’t require me to move from place to place and pays a lot of money just for sitting there.

Q: Who inspires you the most in life?

A: My coaches, friends and teammates. It’s nothing but positive vibes when they’re around me. There are never any negative vibes going around when they’re in my presence.

Q: There’s been a lot of upsets already during March Madness. Are there any in particular you would love to see?

A: I’m not even sure. I truly don’t watch TV (laughs).

Email Mallory at mmerda @cumberlink.com or follow her on Twitter @MalloryMerda

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