By Kevin Eickman
Last season could easily be judged a success for the Milford boys’ basketball team. In the process of going 15-6, the Buccaneers went undefeated in the Henlopen South to earn the Southern Division title. They also won two playoff games to advance to the Bob Carpenter Cneter in the DIAA tournament, where they would fall to eventual champion Sanford.
After six games last season, Milford was 4-2. While the Buccaneers have left the starting gate only one loss worse, having compiled a 2-4 mark, the devil has been in the details. Milford has dropped three of their last four games, including two of them to Henlopen South rivals Woodbridge and Lake Forest. While the Henlopen South may not be lost yet, there is a lot of work to do if they want to earn that title again this year.
While it may be a challenge, history has demonstrated that it is not an impossibility for the Buccaneers to right the ship as they head into the middle part of the season. Speaking with Spath following the Lake Forest game, he is of the belief that the Bucs can get things turned around and get back in form.
“We have the players to win, we showed that against Cape, it’s just a matter of being able to focus for the entire game,” Spath stated. “We have a number of guys back from last year’s squad, they know how to win and I believe we will get things corrected.”
The Buccaneers have little margin for error and this week presents a huge opportunity for Milford as they host a pair of Henlopen South teams. First up will be a Tuesday evening game against a 4-1 Indian River team, who has only lost against Southern Division favorite Woodbridge. Next up will be Laurel on Friday, who sport that same 4-1 record and have only been defeated by Woodbridge as well. Even if Woodbridge cannot be caught in the South, these games carry huge tournament implications. If Milford wants to return to the DIAA tournament, they can ill afford to drop one, let alone this pair of games. Tip is set for 6:15pm.
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