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January 2, 2014

Milford wins Pat Grasso

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---- — Peyton Griffiths scored a team-high 12 points and shared tournament MVP honors with Will Ward, who finished with eight points to lead visiting Milford to a 38-34 championship victory over host Laurens in the Pat Grasso Tournament.

The Wildcats scored all eight of their fourth-quarter points from the free throw line to secure the victory. Max Lang made four free throws, Griffiths hit two, and Ward and Eli Rutledge each sank one.

‘‘I thought that was amazing,’’ Laurens coach Andy Carr said.

Mitchell Barra finished with a game-high 15 points and a team-best 14 rebounds for Laurens, and fellow all-tournament selection Jared Conklin contributed seven points.

Laurens (5-3) hosts Richfield Springs on Jan 7.

On Friday, Will Ward hit three three-pointers en route to a team-best 19 points to help Milford to a 52-38 first-round victory over South Kortright in the Pat Grasso Tournament at Laurens.

Ward had seven points in the third quarter, when the Wildcats (7-0) outscored South Kortright, 18-2.

“We just came out and played really well,” said Milford coach Frank Spurchise, whose team took a 23-21 lead into halftime. “To hold them to two points (in the third quarter) was the difference. We just kind of went on a run.”

Peyton Griffiths contributed 14 points and seven assists and Max Lang had 12 points and seven rebounds for Milford.

Griff Metzko’s 19 points paced the Rams.

Milford 38, Laurens 34

PAT GRASSO TOURNAMENT

Championship at Laurens

MILFORD: Blake Elliott 0 0-0 0, Michael Strenck 0 0-0 0, Peyton Griffiths 4 2-2 12, Stephen Banks 0 0-0 0, Will Ward 3 1-2 8, Paul Van Warner 1 0-0 2, Brian Atwell 0 0-0 0, Max Lang 2 4-6 8, Bret Gardipee 0 0-0 0, Jacob Tabor 2 0-0 4, Eli Rutledge 1 1-4 4, Arithad Phokongkittichot 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 13 8-17 38.

LAURENS (5-3): Jordan Shaul 0 0-0 0, Jerry Soucia 1 0-0 3, Mitchell Carrigan 0 0-0 0, Mitchell Barra 7 1-2 15, Mike Flatley 0 0-0 0, Jared Conklin 2 2-3 7, Edwin Rivera 2 0-0 5, Anthony Monaco 0 2-3 2, Mason Weir 0 0-0 0, Logan Barra 1 0-1 2. TOTALS: 13 5-9 34.

Milford 7 7 16 8 - 38

Laurens 9 5 6 14 - 34

Three-point field goals: M 4 (Griffiths 2, Ward, Rutledge); L 3 (Soucia, Conklin, Rivera).

Tournament co-MVPs: Peyton Griffiths (Milford), Will Ward (Milford).

All-Tournament Team: Mitchell Barra (Laurens), Jared Conklin (Laurens); Ryan Smith (Hancock); Griff Metzko (South Kortright).

JV Championship: SK won.

JV Consolation: Milford won.

Milford 52, SK 38

PAT GRASSO TOURNAMENT

First Round at Laurens

SOUTH KORTRIGHT: Tyler Faulk 0 0-0 0, Ethan Kanarek 0 0-0 0, Tyler Lamport 0 3-4 3, Dan Lutz 1 0-0 2, Tyler Magnan 3 0-0 8, Griff Metzko 8 1-3 19, Dan Nelson 0 0-0 0, Tyler Palmatier 1 0-0 2, Andrew Post 0 0-0 0, Brett Post 1 2-2 4. TOTALS: 14 6-9 38.

MILFORD (7-0): Blake Elliott 1 0-0 2, Peyton Griffiths 5 3-4 14, Will Ward 8 0-0 19, Paul Van Warner 0 0-0 0, Max Lang 6 0-1 12, Jacob Tabor 1 0-0 2, Eli Rutledge 1 0-0 3. TOTALS: 22 3-5 52.

South Kortright 11 10 2 15 - 38

Milford 9 14 18 11 - 52

Three-point field goals: S 4 (Magnan 2, Metzko 2); M 5 (Ward 3, Griffiths, Rutledge). JV score: SK won.