Boys’ Basketball Continues to Dominate Henlopen Conference

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Caleb Primos

 The Milford High School boys’ basketball team showed its dominance recently in the Henlopen Conference with an 80-58 win January 20 at Seaford and an 81-47 win over Woodbridge January 18.

Versus Woodbridge, the Raiders actually held a three-point lead with 6:23 to go in the first quarter. Milford tied it at 25 with 4:41 left in the first and then started to pull away, but still only held a seven-point lead going into the locker room at halftime.

With the opening of the second half, the Bucs defense started to pick up and held the Woodbridge offense to one point, made on a foul shot about midway through the third quarter. Milford continued to score, and by the end of the third quarter, the Bucs had gone on a 38-9 run.

“We played well, played as a team and scored often,” said Milford senior D.J. Cephas, the Bucs’ leading scorer and state’s second leading average scorer as of Jan. 20, according to DEPreps.com. Cephas scored 22 points against Woodbridge, followed by senior Shane Letthand with 13.

Milford only scored five points in the fourth quarter, mainly due to the running clock rule, which has come into play for the Bucs in their last few games against Laurel, Indian River and Woodbridge. During that streak, the Bucs outscored their opponents by a combined total of more than 100 points.

Cephas said that one of the Bucs’ keys to being able to score points and win games comes from the team playing harder and more together with a common goal to win now. This will be important in the next stretch of games for the Bucs as they will have to face Cape Henlopen, St. Marks, Caesar Rodney and Dover.

Seaford had entered the January 20 matchup ranked No. 9 by DEPreps.com with a 10-1 mark before the No. 14 Bucs (8-3) defeated them.