Milford struck first in the extra period as Eli Rutledge banked in the go-ahead points off a Griffiths assists about one minute in. Tabor then batted away another interior pass, and Griffith turned the loose ball into a layup for a 47-43 Milford lead.
Fallon then drew a foul on Ward while making a layup but failed to convert the free throw as Edmeston trailed, 47-45.
Milford then went 5-for-8 from the foul line to put the game away. The Panthers’ last points came on two free throws by Lucas Miller in the final seconds.
“My guys stuck with it,” Milford coach Frank Spurchise said. “There were so many times that they could have folded their tents, but they never did.
“Every kid contributed to this win,” he continued. “Even the kids that didn’t play in the game played a part because we had a game plan, and in practice all week, they worked hard to execute it for us.”
Edmeston led, 13-4, after one quarter on the strength of an 11-0 run. Fallon scored nine of his team’s 13 points in the period.
Although the Panthers maintained a seven-to-eight-point cushion for much of the second quarter, Tabor said the Wildcats never panicked.
“When we went in there (at halftime), we were just talking about how much fun the game was,” Tabor said. “We didn’t need to say much. We just needed to go back out and play our game.”
Vibbard and Griffiths shared game-high scoring honors with 18 points apiece. Ward contributed 16 points for Milford, which received nine from Tabor.
Fallon finished with 13 points for Edmeston, but his foul troubles in the second half forced the Panthers to look for points from the perimeter.
“He’s had that issue all year,” Belden said. “It isn’t a big deal that he picked up fouls, but it hurts when he gets fouls that are 80 feet away from the basket.”