Milford Falls To Dover 68-54

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By Kevin Eickman

Sometimes a loss is not as bad as it seems. There are time when you need to look past the box score and see what really happened. That was just the case this past Thursday as the Milford Buccaneers 7-4 (6-0) faced off against the 9-3 Dover Senators. While Milford did not come away with a victory in the non-divisional tilt, they finally began to correct some of the problems that had been plaguing them in recent weeks.

Starting from the opening tip, Milford seemed focused and ready to play. They demonstrated energy and enthusiasm, against one of the more highly regarded squads in Delaware. While Dover did use some zone, their defense weapon was to pressure the ball almost every time they had the opportunity. This actually helped Milford get into the flow of the game rather quickly, with the fast pace enabling Milford to get into an offensive rhythm. While Milford trailed at the end of the first quarter 19-13, the fact that they have been able to come from behind in the past, gave the fans in attendance hope that Milford could come back.

In the second quarter it looked as if Dover might pull away and make a laugher of it, with Milford having some difficulties due to a size disadvantage. Every time Dover would threaten to pull away, Milford would find a way to hang around. In what could have been a rout, Milford dug their heels in every time Dover threatened to pull away in the second quarter. The result would be a 33-22 halftime score, giving Milford hope that they could come back.

One thing that seemed to buoy Milford on Thursday was the return of senior Devin Kravitz. Having missed the previous three games due to injury, Kravitz on the court boded well for Milford. “With Devin coming back off of injury, I was trying work him back in and get him up to game speed without pushing him too hard,” Coach Bob Spath said. “While the offense may have been a bit rusty, it was definitely moving the ball better with Kravitz in the lineup.”

 

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While Milford was able to up their level of play in the third quarter, they were just never unable to cut into the lead of the Senators. Time and again Milford would close the gap, looking as if they might just make a run. However, each time it looked like they would make a game of it, they just could not get the job done. “We pretty much stayed ten down the whole game and every single time out and every single adjustment that we made was to somehow get it inside of ten,” Spath stated. “In the third quarter we got back to back turnovers, one stepping out of bounds on, then another just out of control kinda losing it out of bounds.” The fact that the opportunities were there was encouraging, but these are mistakes Milford cannot make going forward. “It’s just those opportunities that don’t present themselves over and over in a game,” Spath stated.

Milford would be outscored by a single point in the third quarter and just two in the fourth. While this would not give them the win, there were signs all evening that Milford might be ready to turn the corner. One of the more promising signs for Milford was that of Henry Neismith who scored 17 points, while shooting with renewed confidence. If Milford is to make the kind of post season run they have been aiming for this year, Neismith getting back into form will be huge. Just one more piece that gives Spath confidence going forward is that “Everything is kind of starting to turn for us right now. I would much rather peak in February and March than I would in December or January,” said Spath. “All along I have been trying to move kids, move positions and trying to figure out what the best five is. I realize more and more going forward, that we probably need to rely on our experience.”

This is a big week for Milford as they have two key Henlopen South games. The first will be a road tilt this Tuesday, with a huge contest against Woodbridge at home on Friday. Woodbridge 10-2 (6-1) will be hungry for revenge as the Buccaneers handed them their only divisional loss at home earlier in the season. Even more incentive for the Woodbridge is the knowledge that a loss will all but end their Henlopen South aspirations. Tip is set for 6:15.
an I would in December or January,” said Spath. “All along I have been trying to move kids, move positions and trying to figure out what the best five is. I realize more and more going forward, that we probably need to rely on our experience.”

This is a big week for Milford as they have two key Henlopen South games. The first will be a road tilt this Tuesday, with a huge contest against Woodbridge at home on Friday. Woodbridge 10-2 (6-1) will be hungry for revenge as the Buccaneers handed them their only divisional loss at home earlier in the season. Even more incentive for the Woodbridge is the knowledge that a loss will all but end their Henlopen South aspirations. Tip is set for 6:15.