Six days after Milford’s epic win in the Tri-Valley championships, the Wildcat boys’ basketball season has ended in upset with a 69-66 home loss to No. 6 seed South Kortright in the quarterfinals of the Section Four Class D playoffs.
The Wildcats had an eight-point lead, 62-54, after a fast break dunk by Peyton Griffiths with 3:10 left in the game, but Griffiths was called for a technical foul for hanging on the rim.
Since it was his second technical – in the first quarter, he was given a technical for protesting a referee’s foul call on him – Griffith’s received an automatic ejection.
“It was a judgment call by the referee that he hung on the rim after the dunk, which you cannot do,” Milford coach Frank Spurchise said.
“It is sectional time and you always need a little luck to move on,” he continued. “I guess we used all of ours up in the championship game, (which was) a very gratifying win and said much about the character of my team.”
SK took advantage of Griffiths’ ejection, outscoring the Wildcats 15-4 over the final minutes, including nine-straight points. The Rams took the lead with 2:08 left, 63-62, on a three-point shot by Ty Magnan that rattled around the rim and fell in.
With 1:56 left, Eli Rutledge gave Milford the lead, driving the lane and banking in a shot to make it 64-63. But on the Wildcats’ next possession, Rutledge missed the front end of a 1-and-1 free throw. Griff Metzko got the rebound leading to a basket by Tyler Lamport with 1:12 to play which put SK up 65-54.
Milford took the lead one final time as Paul VanWarner stole a pass from Magnan to Lamport and drove in for a layup with 41 seconds left.
With 22 seconds left, Dan Nelson put the Rams up for good on a pass from Lamport.