Riddick’s 29 points helps lead Bucs past Delmar

MILFORD – At the end of the night the scoreboard read 60-47 in Milford’s favor, but sometimes the scoreboard doesn’t always tell the full story.

In a 13-point win over the Delmar Wildcats Tuesday, Jan. 24, boys’ varsity basketball head coach Bob Spath was disappointed with the energy and effort his squad displayed on the court.

Especially in the first half of play.

Through the first two quarters, Delmar (1-12) managed to keep pace with Milford as a last-second three-point shot at the end of the second quarter pulled the Wildcats to within three points, 27-24.

“We’re not playing up to the potential that we need to play in order to compete with the best teams in the state,” Spath said. “This team [Delmar] has only won one game all year. They’ve improved throughout the year, but they’re still only a one-win team. When you’re in a three-point game at halftime with a one-win team there’s really not a whole lot to take away from it.”

The slow start to the game was frustrating enough to prompt Spath into doing something he’s never done before.

“I didn’t talk to them at halftime,” Spath said. “I’ve never done that before, I didn’t even go into the locker room, I left them 100% alone. I just felt like I’ve said the things I need to say enough times that I’m not going to say it to them again. They know what I need from them.”

Seniors Tymire Riddick and Brion Murray took control and spoke to teammates during the break.

“Our coach just had us go in there ourselves,” senior Tymire Riddick said of the halftime break. “We talked it out and had to figure out what we have to do in order to get back in the game and find our rhythm. Brion and I told them that we don’t play like this, we have to execute more offensively and defensively. With me and Brion being the leaders of this team, we have to push all these young guys. We just try to push them and they just came out and executed with us in the second half.”

The Buccaneers found their rhythm early in the third quarter, going on a 17-6 run in the first five minutes. Riddick, who finished the game with a team-high 29 points, scored nine third-quarter points including one of his five three-pointers in the game.

A 23-point third quarter allowed the Bucs to jump ahead 50-35 heading into the final eight minutes.

Riddick, junior David Bowman, sophomore Jaxson Turner and junior Parker Chandler each put up points in the fourth quarter on the way to the 13-point victory.

Coach Spath was thankful his squad picked up the win at the end of the night, but he still struggled to find anything positive outside of Riddick’s 29 points.

“The second half, we put in a little spurt but we basically rode Tymire Riddick and his 29 points,” he said. “Without him, we’re in a dogfight and potentially losing the game. For me, there’s nothing positive to take away today, except that we won the game. I didn’t see the enthusiasm and energy that we bring when we’re playing well. We have to get it right.”

With a heavyweight match-up against the 9-1 Woodbridge Blue Raiders Thursday, Jan. 26, coach Spath and Tymire Riddick both hope to see better execution and a higher level of energy from the team.

“We only have one day until now and our time against Woodbridge. If we do what we did against them we’re going to lose by 25,” Spath said.

Riddick has confidence in his teammates, and expects them to come out ready to play Thursday night against the Blue Raiders.

“Thursday against Woodbridge we will come out and execute and just play our game,” Riddick said.

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

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