Will Ward finished with five points Tuesday, but they came at just the right time.

Ward hit two go-ahead baskets inside the last three minutes of overtime to lead 12th-seeded Milford to a 61-56 boys basketball victory over No. 5 Hancock in the opening round of the Section Four Class D Tournament.

With visiting Milford trailing, 53-51, Ward hit a three-pointer to give the Wildcats (9-6) a 54-53 lead. Hancock regained the lead, but Ward hit a jumper to put Milford back ahead, 56-55.

Ward's second basket gave the Wildcats the lead for good. Corey Atwell later hit two free throws for the final margin, clinching Milford's upset of the defending sectional champions.

The Wildcats rallied from a 46-33 deficit after three quarters with an 18-1 run in the fourth for a 51-47 lead. Hancock's Luke Worzel then hit a three-pointer from the corner with 17 seconds left to tie the score before Peyton Griffiths missed a 15-foot jumper as time expired to set up the extra period.

"We really clamped down on them," Milford coach Frank Spurchise said. "I think they went a little bit cold, but our defensive pressure had something to do with that. It was just an amazing quarter."

With 3:28 left in overtime, Griffiths went up for a rebound and fell, injuring his shoulder.

"He was taken to the hospital, but I don't know the extent of the injury," Spurchise said. "We'll have to see if he's able to play Friday."

Ryan Smith scored 17 points, Tyler Phillips had 16 and Warren Drake contributed 14 for Hancock (10-8).

Griffiths finished with 16 points, Dan Hoppe had 11 and Atwell scored 10 to lead Milford (9-6), which plays at No. 4 Edmeston in a quarterfinal Friday.

Milford 61, Hancock 56, OT

SECTION FOUR CLASS D

First Round

12-MILFORD (9-6): Blake Elliott 0 0-0 0, Brett Smith 4 0-2 10, Paul VanWarner 0 0-0 0, Will Ward 2 0-2 5, Dan Hoppe 5 1-6 11, Brian Thorn 1 2-4 5, Peyton Griffiths 6 4-5 16, Eli Coley 1 0-0 2, Jacob Tabor 1 0-2 2, Corey Atwell 4 2-2 10. TOTALS: 24 9-23 61.

5-HANCOCK (10-8): Eli Holton-Chandler 1 2-4 4, Tyler Phillips 5 5-7 16, Ryan Smith 6 4-6 17, Luke Worzel 2 0-0 5, Warren Drake 6 0-2 14, Joe Petriella 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 20 11-19 56.

Milford ..... 14 8 11 18 10 _ 61

Hancock ..... 15 17 15 4 5 _ 56

Three-point field goals: M 4 (Smith 2, Ward, Thorn); H 5 (Phillips, Smith, Worzel, Drake 2).

Stamford 49, Davenport 42

FranKelly Santiago's three-point shot with 1:41 remaining broke a 38-38 tie to lead Stamford to a win.

The Wildcats led, 30-28, after three quarters of a back-and-forth game. They were up, 38-36, with three minutes to play when Ryan Dianich hit a layup to tie it.

"After that, it was a game of free throws," Davenport coach Lee Fisher said. "We couldn't make our baskets, and they hit their free throws to put it away."

The Wildcats played without senior Robert Meyerhoff, who tore the ACL in his right knee Feb. 1 during a regular-season game against Stamford.

"Not to take anything away from Stamford, because those guys played well," Fisher said. "But there's no doubt Robert's injury hurt us. Our whole team looked up to him. He was an outstanding leader."

Fisher said Meyerhoff will have surgery to repair the tear soon and likely will miss the baseball season.

"They're going to start him (rehabbing) right away," Fisher said, "but I doubt he'll be able to push off that mound since he's a pitcher."

Justin Keator and Mitchell Fisher had 13 points each to lead Davenport (12-6).

Dianich scored 13 points, Kelly had 12 and Erik Ehrhart and Steven Gula had nine apiece for Stamford (11-7), which plays a quarterfinal at No. 3 Morris on Friday.

Stamford 49, Davenport 42

SECTION FOUR CLASS D

First Round

11-STAMFORD (11-7): Wade Tompkins 0 0-0 0, Erik Ehrhart 2 4-5 9, Steven Gula 1 7-8 9, Ryan Dianich 5 3-8 13, FranKelly Santiago 5 0-0 12, Gregg Mattice 2 2-2 6. TOTALS: 15 16-23 49.

6-DAVENPORT (12-6): Troy Palmer 1 3-4 6, Nate Moorby 0 0-0 0, Justin Keator 5 0-2 13, Michael Libby 0 0-0 0, Garrett Reynolds 1 0-0 2, Mitchell Fisher 6 1-3 13, Kyle Wamsley 4 0-0 8, Jason Orlowski 0 0-0 0, Dylan Maker 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 17 4-9 42.

Stamford ..... 14 11 3 21 _ 49

Davenport ..... 12 12 6 12 _ 42

Three-point field goals: S 3 (Ehrhart, Santiago 2); D 4 (Palmer, Keeger 3).

CV-S 56, Jefferson 42

Brett Adams had eight points and 12 rebounds, and Kyle Jaquay and Collin Lamouret scored 13 points each to lead Cherry Valley-Springfield to a win over visiting Jefferson.

The seventh-seeded Patriots outscored the No. 10 J-Hawks, 20-10, in the second quarter.

"We really played well as a team, fought well as a team," Patriots coach Terry Brant said. "That second quarter, we got out in transition and made some stops that led to easy buckets. That was the key for us."

Ryan Chase scored 11 points to lead Jefferson (10-8).

Isiah Montgomery scored 10 points and Andrew Bosc had eight for CV-S (13-6), which plays a quarterfinal at No. 2 South Kortright on Friday.

CV-S 56, Jefferson 42

SECTION FOUR CLASS D

First Round

10-JEFFERSON (10-8): Austin Clayton 0 0-0 0, Conner Staib 1 2-4 4, John Quagliano 1 0-0 2, Dustin Cole 4 1-7 9, Nick Smith 0 0-0 0, John Cammer 2 1-4 6, Jacob Pasa 2 0-0 5, Jimmy Reques 1 0-0 2, Ryan Chase 4 2-6 11, Charles Kemler 1 0-1 2, Glenn Wyble 0 1-2 1. TOTALS: 16 7-24 42.

7-CHERRY VALLEY-SPRINGFIELD (13-6): Kyle Jaquay 5 1-2 13, Andrew Bosc 3 2-4 8, Brett Adams 3 2-4 8, Collin Lamouret 5 1-2 13, Isiah Montgomery 4 2-5 10, Scott Stiles 0 0-0 0, Wyatt Crowley 1 0-0 3, Ethan Drugatz 0 0-0 0, Andrew Spencer 0 0-0 0, Chad Thompson 0 0-2 0, Dave Waterman 0 0-0 0, Kevin Doubleday 0 1-2 1, Jordan Manikas 0 0-0 0, Dustin Collins 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 18 9-21 56.

Jefferson ..... 8 10 9 15 _ 42

CV-S ..... 12 20 11 13 _ 56

Three-point field goals: J 3 (Chase, Pasa, Cammer); C (Crowley, Lamouret 2, Jaquay 2).

G-MU 40, RS 38

Greg Delaney made 3 of 4 free throws in the final seconds to lift eighth-seeded Gilbertsville-Mount Upton to a first-round win at home.

With the score tied, 35-35, Joeal Gardner hit a three-pointer to give ninth-seeded Richfield Springs a 38-35 lead with 1:35 left. Tim French pulled G-MU to one point with a basket before Delaney went to work.

The Raiders point guard made a steal and got fouled in transition. He made both shots with 20.5 seconds left to put G-MU up, 39-38.

After Zach Boss missed a shot for the Indians, Delaney got fouled again and hit 1 of 2 free throws with 1.6 seconds left for the final margin.

Delaney's second free throw rolled off the rim and bounced out of bounds, giving the Indians 1.1 seconds for a final play. Joe Kelly missed a half-court shot at the buzzer for the Indians.

The Raiders trailed, 34-28, after three quarters, but outscored the Indians, 12-4, in the final quarter.

"We mixed up our defenses a little bit and we marked their shooters a little bit better," G-MU coach Bill Hartman said of his team's fourth-quarter defense. "They didn't shoot well, and we rebounded better.

"Our kids stayed calm and we stayed with the plan. We just scratched back into it one possession at a time. We were resilient and didn't quit. It was a very positive sign for us."

Keegen Wheelock-Tanner scored 14 points to lead Richfield Springs (10-8).

Delaney had 12 points, French scored 11 and Demario Reed contributed 10 for G-MU (12-7), which plays a quarterfinal at No. 1 Hunter-Tannersville on Friday.

G-MU 40, RS 38

SECTION FOUR CLASS D

First Round

9-RICHFIELD SPRINGS (10-8): Keegan Wheelock-Tanner 4 4-4 14, Lucas VanRipper 3 0-0 6, Joe Kelly 1 1-3 3, Kyle Richvalsky 0 0-0 0, Zach Boss 2 0-0 5, Joeal Gardner 2 0-0 6, Ben Smith 2 0-0 4. TOTALS: 14 5-7 38.

8-GILBERTSVILLE-MOUNT UPTON (12-7): Demario Reed 5 0-0 10, Greg Delaney 4 4-7 12, Eddie Ray Cotton 2 0-2 4, Tim French 4 3-4 11, Derek Musson 1 1-2 3. TOTALS: 16 8-13 40.

Richfield Springs ..... 15 7 12 4 _ 38

G-MU ..... 10 10 8 12 _ 40

Three-point field goals: R 5 (Wheelock-Tanner 2, Boss, Gardner 2).

Morris 49, Roxbury 29

Levi Decker made three three-pointers in less than two minutes during the first quarter, and the Tri-Valley League champion Mustangs slowed Kyle Ciaravino for a first-round win at home.

"We just threw different guys at him, and played him tight," Morris coach Dave Sander said of Ciaravino, who entered the game as the area's leading scorer with 19-plus points per game but hit two field goals. "We didn't give him any space, and we tried to deny him the ball. In the second quarter, he started getting our guys in foul trouble, which is why our points went down. I think it was the longest quatrer I have ever seen, mostly with him at the foul line."

Morris outscored Roxbury, 18-2, in the first quarter.

"Bang, bang, bang; Decker hit three three-pointers in, I don't even think it was two minutes," Sander said. "It was like three straight trips up the floor."

Ciaravino's 12 points led Roxbury (7-10).

Decker had 16 points to lead all scorers and Kerry Smith scored 11 for Morris, which hosts No. 11 Stamford on Friday.

Morris 49, Roxbury 29

SECTION FOUR CLASS D

First Round

14-ROXBURY (7-10): Chris Clark 0 0-0 0, Derek Cowan 3 0-0 6, Matt Faraci 0 0-0 0, Fam Nash 0 0-0 0, Willie Rendler 0 0-0 0, Cody Smolin 0 0-0 0, Spencer Hinkley 0 0-0 0, Kyle Ciaravino 2 8-12 12, Dakota Caronia 2 0-2 5, Patrick Hanrahan 2 0-0 4, Nick Hamil 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 9 8-14 27.

3-MORRIS (17-2): Zach Doyle 0 1-4 1, Scott Maricle 1 1-2 3, Kyle Joyce 0, Justin Schaffer 3 0-0 6, Skylar Maricle 2 2-5 6, Mike Deluca 2 2-2 6, Levi Decker 5 3-4 16, Kerry Smith 4 3-4 11, Collin Hull 0 0-0 0, Brandon Shelly 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 17 12-21 49.

Roxbury ..... 2 8 7 10 _ 29

Morris ..... 18 8 10 13 _ 49

Three-point field goals: R 1 (Coronia); M 3 (Decker 3.)

Edmeston 49, Deposit 43

Justin Kucera scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead host Edmeston to a first-round victory at home.

Kucera scored 10 points in the third quarter for the fourth-seeded Panthers, whoo took a 25-22 lead into halftime. Edmeston (15-2) outscored No. 13 Deposit, 14-8, in the third quarter.

"It got close in the fourth," Edmeston coach Darren Belden said. "We had to make some clutch foul shots."

The Panthers shot 8-for-10 from the free throw line in the final quarter. Thomas Parker, who had 11 points, was 4-for-4 from the line.

Mike Zaroha and Matt Mills scored eight points apiece to pace Deposit.

Edmeston will host 12th-seeded Milford on Friday.

Edmeston 49, Deposit 43

SECTION FOUR CLASS D

First Round

13-DEPOSIT (4-14): Yelta Feringa 3 1-2 7, Trevor Hunter 0 0-0 0, Matt Mills 3 1-1 8, Evan Thomas 3 0-0 7, Mike Zaroha 3 2-2 8, Derek Lenio 2 0-0 6, Austin Decker 3 0-2 7, Shane Winans 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 17 4-7 43.

4-EDMESTON (15-2): Linton Wainwright, 0 0-0 0, Jordan Ruffles 0 0-0 0, Logan Vibbard 2 0-0 5, Thomas Parker 3 4-4 11, Brandon Fallon 1 3-4 5, Tanner Ray 1 2-6 4, Chris Simmons 1 0-0 2, Justin Kucera 9 4-5 22. TOTALS: 17 13-19 49.

Deposit ..... 9 13 8 13 _ 43

Edmeston ..... 15 10 14 10 _ 49

Three-point field goals: D 5 (Thomas, Lenio 2, Decker, Mills); E 2 (Vibbard, Parker).

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