Coleman ignites Milford in rivalry win over Lake Forest

MILFORD – Trailing rival Lake Forest by five late in the first quarter, the Milford boys’ basketball team was looking for a spark.

Senior Dame Coleman, however, went ahead and skipped that part and instead came off the bench into the game on fire.

Coleman netted the quarter’s final five points to even the score at 9-9 and stayed hot throughout the contest, as the Buccaneers (10-5 overall, 9-0 South) defeated the Spartans 69-43 Friday night.

Senior Dame Coleman scored 18 points in Milford's win over rival Lake Forest. (The Chronicle/Jeff Mitchell)

Senior Dame Coleman scored 18 points in Milford’s win over rival Lake Forest. (The Chronicle/Jeff Mitchell)

The victory moved Milford to within one conference win of repeating as Henlopen South champion and earning an automatic state tournament berth. Lake (8-7, 5-4) saw a five-game winning streak snapped with the loss.

“Coach (Bob Spath) told me we looked dead out there, I’m a senior, go out there and show the other team why they’re not playing with us,” said Coleman, who finished with a game-high 18 points.

Coleman’s first points came by way of an NBA three-pointer from the right side of the key and the senior followed it with a spinning move through the paint that he finished with an acrobatic layup after Milford’s defense got the ball back.

From there it was all Milford, with the Bucs outscoring Lake Forest by 14 in the second quarter to take control of the game.  Junior Tymire Riddick scored all five of his points in the second quarter to lead Milford, which went into halftime with a 28-14 advantage.

Junior Henry Nesmith (17 points) found his shooting stroke in the third, scoring nine points in the period while Milford continued to pull away from the Spartans. The Buccaneers’ lead reached 29 in the fourth quarter before Milford began pulling its starters with six minutes to play.

Senior Dom Griffith led Lake Forest with 11 points and junior Cam Lewis had 10, two of which came from a thunderous two-handed jam early in the first quarter that briefly ignited a large Spartans crowd.

Milford is scheduled to play again tonight at nonconference St. Mark’s while Lake Forest will look to start a new winning streak Tuesday at home versus Woodbridge.

From the Milford Chronicle Sports Desk

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