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February 14, 2013

Milford boys ride Griffiths to Tri-Valley East title

Staff Report

Peyton Griffiths hit a 12-foot jumper with 2 seconds left Wednesday as the Milford boys basketball team beat host Richfield Springs, 55-54, to clinch the Tri-Valley League’s East Division.

Griffiths finished with a game-high 24 points for the Wildcats (13-3, 12-1), who advanced to the T-V crossover at 8 p.m. Saturday at Oneonta State against West Division champion Morris (15-1, 12-1).

Lucas VanRiper scored with 15 seconds left to give the Indians a 54-53 lead. Griffiths then took the inbounds pass, went the length of the court and hit the winner.

“We had two guys on him and he just made a heck of a shot,” Richfield Springs coach Bill Stevens said. “It was a great game. No team had a lead larger than seven points the whole night.”

Keegan Wheelock-Tanner scored 18 points for the Indians (14-3, 10-3), who received 15 points from Benjamin Smith and 14 from Lucas VanRiper.

Both teams will compete in the Section Four Class D Tournament, which starts next week.

G-MU 44, Franklin 36

Tim French had 17 points, eight rebounds and two blocks to lead host Gilbertsville-Mount Upton to a Tri-Valley League victory as the Raiders closed their season with their first win.

French scored seven points in the opening quarter, which ended with G-MU ahead, 14-7. He and Austin Burnside had five points apiece in a 16-9 third quarter for the Raiders (1-16, 1-12), who took a 35-25 lead into the final period.

“The first and third quarters have been the places where we struggled this year, so it’s good we finally got to succeed in those quarters,” G-MU coach Rick Mohrien said of the Raiders’ Senior Night triumph.

Derek Beers’ 14 points paced Franklin, which received 11 from Alex Brownell.

Oneonta 65, Marathon 61

Senior forward Alec Picinich scored a team-high 19 points to lead Oneonta (7-10) to a non-league home victory.

Classmate Jacob Mykytyn contributed 12 points for the Yellowjackets, who entered halftime tied at 27 before outscoring the Olympians, 16-11, in the third quarter.

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