Boys’ basketball opens season with 92-14 rout

GEORGETOWN – Opening the regular season with a decisive road win is always a confidence booster. Especially if it includes a 78-point margin of victory.

Milford High School varsity boys’ basketball opened its 2016 season with a 92-14 victory over the Sussex Academy Seahawks Friday night.

“Regardless of who we play, it’s the first game of the season and it’s a long season,” head coach Bob Spath said following the win. “We were just coming in and trying to execute and do the things we do best, and see how far along we’ve come along in the first two weeks of practice.”

Senior Tymire Riddick led the way in scoring for the Buccaneers, dropping 30 points. Fellow senior Brion Murray added another 25, including buzzer-beating three-pointers to end both the first and second quarters.

Milford got off to a quick start from the opening tip-off, putting 17 points on the board before the Seahawks finally scored their first bucket at the 2:58 mark in the opening quarter. Murray and Riddick each put up double-digit points in the first quarter before Riddick sunk four three-pointers in the second quarter.

Given a 26-2 run to end the second quarter, Milford went into the half holding a 52-8 lead as coach Spath’s squad cruised to a victory.

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Milford sophomore Jaxson Turner guards Sussex Academy’s sophomore guard Matt Berdini (The Chronicle/Ben Heck).

“Tonight we came out and we did some good things,” Spath said. “We shot the ball well, and got ahead early and it carried us through to a solid, convincing win.”

In total, Milford drilled nine shots from behind the three-point line as a team, including seven in the first half alone.

“They were basically daring us to shoot from out there,” Spath said. “We have two or three really good three-point shooters, and when you’re running an offense to get really good, clean three-point shots and you don’t have to necessarily work for them then we tell our guys to take the shot.”

Even with a victory as large victory as the Bucs’ 78-point rout, weaknesses are typically exposed in the first game of the season.

“Some of the defensive issues we had was allowing a little bit more penetration than we’re used to,” Spath said. “We’re usually pretty solid in our help defense, where we don’t allow a lot of penetration and give up a lot of contested three-point shots instead, which is what we want them to do.”

Despite the margin of victory, it was still an exciting night for Sussex Academy. Friday night marked the Seahawks’ first varsity boys’ basketball game in program history. The team had been playing junior varsity-only the last few years.

The Buccaneers will head back to practice to prepare for the next road game against Delmar Tuesday, Dec. 6 before heading back to Milford for their home-opener Dec. 8 against Woodbridge.

Sports editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com

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