Will Ward scored all but two of his 16 points in the second half, helping Milford to a first-round victory.
Ward hit all three of his three-pointer in the second half, including one with 1 minute, 12 seconds left. With Milford ahead by five and one second on the shot clock, Ward received an inbound and hit a hurried three to give Milford a 55-47 lead.
“That kind of broke our back,” Laurens coach Andy Carr said of Ward’s three.
Peyton Griffiths had a game-high 17 points, with 13 coming in the first half. Carr said he switched to a box-and-one on Griffiths in the second half, with Pheonix Howard and Josiah Wenck taking turns on Griffiths.
“We did a good job shutting (Griffiths) down, but we just didn’t close out good enough on the perimeter,” Carr said.
Blake Elliot contributed 10 points for Milford, which was scheduled to play South Kortright in the final on Saturday. However, both the championship and consolation games have been postponed.
The Lady Wildcats also defeated Laurens, but this was in the Stamford Tournament. Following a first quarter in which Milford connected on 2 of 17 shots, the Wildcats outscored Laurens, 29-9, over the middle quarters en route to a first-round victory. The game also counted in the Tri-Valley League standings.
Addy Lawson scored five of her game-high 13 points during a 15-4 second quarter that ended with Milford ahead, 19-11.
Peggy Paffenroth had six points and 13 rebounds, and Maddie Zenir contributed nine points and 10 rebounds for the Wildcats.
The Lady Wildcats were set to play in the title game on Saturday, but Mother Nature had other plans. The championship, Milford vs. Stamford, and the consolation game, Roxbury vs. Laurens, have been postponed.
Cooperstown went 5-1 in pool play to earn the No. 2 seed for the semifinal round before falling, 25-11, 25-16, to the host school in the Hamilton Tournament.