Middletown defeated Milford 62-57 Wednesday night in the opening round of the DIAA state basketball tournament.
Middletown’s boys’ basketball team nearly squandered a double-digit, 16-point lead, but held on to defeat a stubborn and determined, Milford team 62-57 Wednesday night in the opening round of the DIAA state tournament.
After Milford took an early lead after the first period, the Cavaliers used a balanced scoring attack to climb back into the lead. “I trust them all, especially in the fourth quarter,” said Middletown Coach Jasen Maciey. “It was a team effort tonight. We need to get everyone involved. We want to have four or five guys scoring in double figures for us to be effective.”
The Cavaliers got their offense untracked with big third quarter, extending their lead to 51-37.
Milford was led by their two top players Tikeace Harris and Jason Parker on offense and defense. The Bucs forced 14 Cavalier turnovers just in the fourth quarter, as they gradually closed with three points. But the Cavaliers, who had a tough night at the foul line, had enough energy to hold on for the victory. While Middletown was able to spread the ball around, Milford had to rely on their two big men, but the Cavalier defense keyed on Harris and Parker down the stretch.
“We don’t have balanced scoring,” said Milford Coach B.J. Joseph. “It was tough on our younger guys, but we didn’t have another forward or another guard to go to help out on offense.”
The Buccaneers got 26 points from Parker and 20 from Harris. Matt Pinkett led the Cavaliers charge with 13 points, while Chad Poarch and Donivan Roy both added 12 points apiece, and Andre Cunningham collected six points.
Milford finished with a 12-9 record. Middletown will play top-seed Salesianum Friday night in Wilmington.
In opening round games, St. Georges beat Charter School of Wilmington 50-34, Laurel upsets Newark 72-66 in OT, and Hodgson over Mt. Pleasant 49-45. In other games, St. Elizabeth’s beat DMA 51-49 in OT, Archmere over Tower Hill 54-53 in OT, Dickinson over St. Andrew’s 55-52 and Cape Henlopen beat Indian River 72-59.