The Milford boys basketball team came all the way back from an early 20-point deficit to take a third quarter lead, only to fall to Dover High 67-64, Tuesday night on the Senators home court. The loss snapped the Buccaneers seven game winning streak, and evened their record at 7-7. Dover's win improved their record to a similar 7-7 mark, as the season gradually winds down.
This basketball game had more twists and turns than an old fashioned, amusement park roller coaster ride.
At the outset, it appeared Dover would send the Buccaneers back home with a crushing defeat. The Senators scored the first 8 points of the game, and seemed to be in complete control. They enjoyed a definite height advantage and grabbed most of the rebounds early. Gradually, the Bucs found their rhythm, and crept back into the contest. After the first period, Milford trailed 12-7.
In the second quarter, it was full speed ahead, as both offenses raced up and down the court. Dover rolled up 23 points to Milford's 20, as the Buccaneers stayed within shouting distance. Midway through the quarter, Dover amassed a 20-point lead when the score reached 31-11. But Milford turned the tide by outscoring their hosts 14-4 through the remainder of the half. By halftime, the score was 35-27 in favor of Dover, but the best was yet to come for the packed house.
Statistically, Will Watts had 11 points and Tyler Myers scored 9 at the break for Dover, while Keith Rollerson and Shekiem Yarbray each had 4 points. For Milford, Jason Parker and Tikeace Harris each had ten points.
The fast pace quickened in the third quarter, as Milford came roaring back to tie the score at 47-47 with 1:17 remaining. Moments later, the Bucs took their first lead at 49-47 to delight of the visitors' fans. But Antwon Peace hit a free throw, then a basket and another free throw to put Dover back in the lead 51-49, with eight minutes remaining.
In the final stanza, the fast pace and physical play continued. While Dover maintained a slim lead, Milford fought back to tie the game at 61-61 with about 3:30 left on the scoreboard clock. Parker's free throw gave the Bucs a short-lived lead, as Rollerson and Peace finished out the scoring to give the home team a hard fought 67-64 victory.
Milford's Harris led all scores with 24 points, Parker finished with 21, and Octavion Wilson added 8 points.
Rollerson topped Dover's scores with 15 points, and Peace and Yarbray both had 13 points, Myers, Watts, and Bryan Pettit each contributed 11 points in the thrilling victory.
Dover battles Smyrna on the road Friday night, Feb. 1, at 7:15 p.m., while Milford travels to Lake Forest on Friday for a 7:15 p.m. contest.