State Tournament Hopes Take Serious Hit

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By Kevin Eickman

n a week that can best be described as disappointing, the Milford boys’ basketball all but witnessed their chances at winning the Henlopen South slip through their fingers. They also saw their chances of making the State Tournament take a serious hit.

After earning a key division win on Monday against Laurel, Milford traveled up to Smyrna to battle the eagles the following night. Coming out flat following their emotional victory the night before, the Buccaneers fell behind early and never recovered as Smyrna handled them easily in a 94-77 victory. While a non divisional loss was not that bad, it was a sign of what was to follow for Milford

On Thursday Milford hosted Indian River. It was a game they had to win if they wanted to stay alive in the Henlopen South. Milford did not have all their players available due to a disciplinary issue and they suffered for it. “We couldn’t start everyone, so that effected everything we did,” coach BJ Joseph stated. “It had a ripple effect, it hurt our starters and it hurt us off the bench as the game went on.” The result was an 83-71 defeat, in which Milford was outscored by 13 points in the second half.

Talking with Joseph after the game, he thought that the only way Milford would make the tournament would be with an at large birth. “That pretty much finished it in the South, so we need to win almost all of our games the rest of the way out,” stated Joseph.

 

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Milford was no better on Saturday, as they traveled to Saint Mark’s. Following the 43-34 loss, Milford saw their record drop to 10-8 (7-3 South). Milford still has a chance to make the tournament, but will probably need to win the rest of their remaining two games to do it. Milford will host Lake Forest on Thursday night at 6:15 in their final home game, before traveling to Delmar the following Tuesday.