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February 27, 2014

Home-court heartache: SK upsets Milford

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Will Ward missed an off-balance three-point shot and Lamport got the rebound and drew a foul. He converted two free throws with six-seconds left for the final margin.

“I give SK a lot of credit,” Spurchise said. “They are a very good team that is well coached. There is no shame in losing to them.”

The Rams led most of the first half, including a 23-12 lead at the start of the second-quarter, but Milford got back into the game on a 13-0 run capped by a three-point shot by Jacob Tabor that made it 25-23 with 3:36 left in the half.

Metzko answered with a three-point shot at 2:57. Ward answered his basket with a three-point shot of his own at 2:38, but Magnan scored another three-point basket to put SK up 29-28 with 2:15 left in the half.

Max Lang put Milford up 30-29 with 2:01 left on a jumper in the lane, but SK closed the half on a putback by Metzko and a free throw by Lamport for a 32-30 lead.

Milford started the third quarter with a three-point basket by Ward 14 seconds into the quarter.

There were two ties and two lead changes in the third quarter before the Wildcats ended it on a 6-0 run for a 48-43 lead.

In the fourth quarter, Milford kept a six- or seven-point lead for most of the period before Griffith’s dunk gave it its biggest lead of the game, and began the Rams’ comeback.

Lamport scored 23 points to lead all scorers. Metzko scored 20 and Magnan scored 11 for SK (15-4), which plays No. 2 Davenport today at Oneonta State in the semifinals.

For the second-straight year, Milford has lost on its home court to a lower-ranked team. In 2013, it lost in the same round to visiting Hunter-Tannersville, 37-30. 

Griffiths led Milford (18-2) with 20 points despite missing most of the second quarter with foul trouble. Lang scored 12, Ward scored 11 and Rutledge scored 10 for the Wildcats.

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