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January 18, 2014

Edmeston boys win battle of unbeatens, 64-57

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After falling behind, 5-0 and 14-10, in the first quarter, the Panthers turned things around in the second period with the transition game. Vibbard had 16 of his team’s 20 points in the second quarter, including the Panthers’ last 14 of the half.

“We just needed someone to step up, and that’s what I did,” he said. “But it could have been any one of us; it just happened to be me tonight. We’re a team. We’re not about just one player.”

Milford coach Frank Spurchise said he was impressed with Vibbard’s composure.

“I think for a big part of the (first half), they weren’t making baskets,” he said. “But he was able to keep them in the game with his free throw shooting.”

Griffiths led the Wildcats with 20 points. Ward contributed 16 and Max Lang had 14 for Milford (12-1, 8-1), which is at Cherry Valley-Springfield on Tuesday.

Wainright scored 16 and Fallon had 11 for Edmeston (13-0, 9-0), which hosts Franklin on Tuesday.

The game was the only one on the schedule between the Wildcats and Panthers, who lead the Tri-Valley League’s East and West divisions, respectively.

Nobody seemed to think it would be the only game they will play against each other this season, with the Tri-Valley League championship and Section Four Class D Tournament scheduled for February.

“To be honest, I hope we play them again in the Tri-Valley,” Vibbard said. “We were able to check off one of our goals tonight, but it was only the first one.”

Neither coach wanted to look ahead.

“We have four games left in the regular season and we need to keep our focus,” Belden said. “We’ve still got Laurens on our heels.”

Said Spurchise: “I firmly believe in one game at a time. What we need to realize right now is that this was just a league game. There was no championship involved tonight. But I can tell you, for a high-school basketball game, this is as good a game as you will see. It was fun. It was fun to coach and it was fun to watch.”

Edmeston 64, Milford 57

EDMESTON (13-0, 9-0): Linton Wainright 6 1-2 16, Logan Vibbard 7 9-13 24, Brandon Fallon 5 1-4 11, Kyle King 0 1-2 1, Clayton Lyon 3 2-4 8, Hunter Fistrowicz 0 0-0 0, Nick DeVries 2 0-2 4. TOTALS: 23 14-27 64.

MILFORD (12-1, 8-1): Blake Elliott 0 0-0 0, Peyton Griffiths 7 5-8 20, Stephen Banks 0 0-0 0, William Ward 6 0-0 16, Paul VanWarner 0 0-0 0, Brian Atwell 1 0-0 2, Max Lang 5 3-6 14, Jacob Tabor 1 0-2 2, Eli Rutledge 1 0-0 3. TOTALS: 21 8-14 57.

Edmeston 13 20 19 12 - 64

Milford 14 15 20 8 - 57

Three-point field goals: E 4 (Wainright 3, Vibbard); M 7 (Ward 4, Griffiths, Rutledge, Lang). JV score: Edmeston won.

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