Smyrna's offense exploded for nearly 100 points in a 94-77 victory over Milford Tuesday night.
Milford's boys' basketball team arrived in Smyrna for a game Tuesday night, but nearly ended up in a track meet. The Buccaneers, winners of five straight, wound up chasing the host Eagles up and down the court all night, and wound up losing to Smyrna 94-77.
I knew this might be a "trap" game, said Milford head coach B. J. Joseph. "We had won five games in a row, and I warned the team about being prepared against a good team, but once we fell behind, we lost some focus and energy. We were a little complacent, and that cost us the ball game."
The game was fast-paced from the outset, with both teams coming out firing the basketball and scoring points. The Bucs fell behind 24-16 after one quarter, but were definitely within striking distance from their hosts.
The run-and-gun continued in the second period as Milford outscored Smyrna by a point, but still trailed 44-37. "Our offense was definitely working tonight, and we got contributions from all over the court," said Smyrna head coach Andrew Mears. "Our guards made some great decision when handling and passing the ball, and our defense also did a good job, not letting Milford control the tempo of the game," he said.
At the break, Tikeace Harris had already scored 18 points, and Jason Parker added 12 for Milford.
It was business as usual in the third quarter, as Smyrna re-established its torrid pace.
Stedman Kpana and Ja'vier Worthy ran the Smyrna offense smoothly and efficiently as the Eagles poured in 23 points, while Milford could only muster 14 points against a strong Eagle defense.
In the fourth quarter, Milford mounted a small comeback, racking up 26 points, but that was one point less than the potent Smyrna offense.
Harris wound up with 29 points for Milford, while his teammate Parker had a total of 25 points and Octavion Wilson chipped in with ten points.
Kpana finished the night with 28 points, while Worthy added 20 and Latrelle Lee had 18 points to pace the Eagles.
Milford hosts Indian River Thursday night at 6:15 p.m., and their next game is scheduled for Saturday evening at St. Mark's, starting at 6:30 p.m.