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January 24, 2013

Mustangs take two from Wildcats

Staff Report
Cooperstown Crier

---- — The Milford boys basketball team was handed its first Tri-Valley League loss Friday night against Morris. The girls also came up short against the Lady Mustangs on the same night.

Levi Decker scored nine of his game-high 27 points in overtime as Morris beat Milford, 68-61. The game went into double overtime.

“Morris’ senior composure, especially at the foul line, was commendable,” Milford coach Frank Spurchise said. “They hit 10 of 13 free throws in the two overtimes, including Decker going 7-for-8. That was a big part of them winning.”

Peyton Griffiths was fouled shooting a three-pointer with 1.8 seconds left in regulation. He went 2-for-3 from the line to tie the score at 50. Griffiths fouled out in the first minute of the first overtime.

“Peyton fouling out hurt us for sure,” Spurchise said.

Milford’s Will Ward hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer at the end of the first overtime to tie it at 57.

“I’m just extremely proud of the effort my team had tonight,” Spurchise said. “It was a great game.”

Ward led Milford with 18 points, including four three-pointers. He also had six assists and six rebounds. Griffiths scored 11 points.

Mike Deluca scored 17 points and Skylar Maricle contributed 10 points for Morris.

For the girls, Kelsea Webster scored a game-high 20 points to help host Morris to a 45-38 win. Webster had eight of Morris’ 11 points in the fourth quarter. She also hit six of seven free throws during that span to turn back a Milford rally.

Milford (7-4, 5-3), trailed, 34-19, after three quarters. Lady Addy Lawson had 19 points and Peggy Paffenroth contributed seven points for the Lady Wildcats.

Amanda Flint finished with eight points for the Mustangs (8-2, 7-1). 

The Milford boys (9-3, 7-1) are at Cherry Valley-Springfield on Friday.