By Kevin Eickman
Due to winter playing havoc on the winter sports schedule, the Milford boys’ basketball team got to play their final regular season game at home on Wednesday. Hosting Lake forest, it was a game that the team wanted, in order to cement their spot in the upcoming State Tournament.
Prior to the game, Milford took time to recognize their seniors, a large and accomplished group consisting of DeVaughen Bynum, Jason Parker, Vance Daniels, Marcus Mullen, Garrett Coverdale, Octavion Wilson and Tikeace Harris.
Needing just 13 points to achieve the milestone of 1,000 career points, the team wasted little time demonstrating that they would get Harris to his goal quickly. From the start of the game, Milford ran the offense almost exclusively through Harris. Quickly piling up the points, Milford was already enjoying a 19-10 first quarter lead as Harris let fly with a three-pointer, from the right side with 55 seconds left. Hitting nothing but net, Harris found his way into the record book. The basket actually brought his career total to 1,001.
Talking with Harris after the game, he was happy that he achieved this accomplishment on his home court, even if that was not the plan. “A lot of people were telling me to save it for now, but that wasn’t my intention. I wanted to get it at Delmar,” Harris said “It feels really, really, really good.”
Milford had come out a bit flat at the start of the game, with both teams being tied at eight, halfway through the first quarter. Milford quickly got it together however, going on a 20-3 run to end the period. The Buccaneers never looked back, as they cruised to a 77-42 victory.
The win moved their record to 12-8 for the season and ensured they would be playing tournament basketball. While a win by Woodbridge on the same evening ensured the Bucs would not garner a share of the Henlopen South title, coach B.J. Joseph was confident his team would make the playoffs. “I think at 12-8, we should be in,” Joseph stated.
It has been an up and down season for Milford this year but the players are confident that they will be able to play well come tournament time. “We’re really clicking as a team,” said senior Jason Parker. “I feel like we are going to go in there strong. Tike and me are going to continue and lead the team and we’ll see how far we can take it.”
With the tournament brackets released this weekend, Milford found they will be headed to Middletown for a first round match up, this Wednesday at 7 pm. Talking with Joseph after the game, he thinks that his team is ready for the tournament. “I think we’re pretty good now, we’ve been playing well the last two game,” stated Joseph. “I think the guys know what’s at stake now, I think the guys will be ready.”