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Post  Tuesday and Friday on Thu Jan 21, 2010 12:30 am

Milford - 15 10 18 10 - 53
Ports - 15 13 12 19 - 59

Turnover: An instance of a team's losing possession of the ball especially through error.

I couldn't help to look up what Webster had to say officially for the meaning of turnover. This game had turnovers in abundance and the most important part of the game was decided by 2 turnovers.

1st period had both teams making turnovers. This seemed to be the focal point of this game from start to finish. Both teams fought through turnover-itis as O'Loughlin was hot in the first period and had 10 points to lead the Spartans. Sophomore Kyle Dicesare had 7 points to lead the Clippers. With the teams tied at 15 after 1 period you had the feeling this game would go to the last minute. Holder did not start and it took him a while to conform to the game. The Clippers had too many easy points off the Milford press in the first half. Montville hit a couple of 3's while O'Loughlin had a 3 for Milford in the 2nd period and Holder started to ease into the game with a couple of buckets. Mitchell had some nice assists in the first half, but only scored 2 points.

Milford came out firing on the Big 3 cylinders as Holder made some nifty moves to the basket. One particular play he made slithering on the baseline by a Portsmouth defender at the 15 foot area, then bachman pretzeled his way around the hoop for a great finish. No doubt if the average fan tried to do what Holder did multiple visits to a chiropractor would be needed. The Big 3 combined for 15 points to give Milford a 43 - 40 lead at the end of the 3rd. Dicesare kept Portsmouth close with 6 points. The 4th period had multiple ties and lead changes. Both teams were more conservative on offense in the 4th. O'Loughlin hit a couple of key 3's while Portsmouth was content taking the ball to the hoop and banging it down low to draw fouls and FTs.

With 1:18 to go the key point of the game came with Milford up 53 - 51. Milford had spread out with 1:40 to go and it looked like they were going nothing but a layup or get fouled. With 1:18 to go Dicesare stole the ball near the Portsmouth defensive 3 point arc and took it all the way to tie the game at 53. Milford again pulled the ball out and looked like they might go last shot or get Portsmouth in a defensive lull. Holder had the ball near his offensive side of mid court and was being pressured by Nathan Jones. Holder was contacted by Jones. Enough for a foul? Not with the referee's DISCRETION. Holder seemed to stop waiting for a call to be made on a push by Jones. With no call Jones picked up the loose ball at mid-court and drove in for a lay up and was fouled (See Webster's definition again). Jones hit the FT to complete the And 1 to put Portsmouth up 56 - 53. Holder makes a nice drive to the rack and his shot rims out. Holder fouls Dicesare to put him at the line for double bonus. The Super Soph hits 1 FT to give Portsmouth a 57 - 53 lead. Mitchell makes a nifty spin move and drive to the basket. The ball just barely rims out.... very tough luck for the mercurial Junior. Portsmouth hits more FTs and O'Loughlin in and outs a 3 which turned out to be Milford's last gasp with 25 seconds to go.

I am going to borrow one of Jeremy L's game balls and give it to Portsmouth sophomore Kyle Dicesare. He finished with 26 points including 7 - 10 from the line. He has a strong body, athleticism and a soft touch. He posed a matchup problem for Milford all night. He had a very athletic alley oop bank put back that was difficult to make. When Portsmouth needed it most in the 4th quarter he took it to the hoop strong. Mike O'Loughlin had a great game for Milford with 21 points including three 3's. He also had about 3 blocks and some nice assists.

Turnovers were the key to start the game and they turned out to be the deciding factor in this game. Milford gave up too many easy baskets off their presses. Portsmouth had great balance inside and out as 3 Clippers finished in double figures. Milford needs to attack a zone defense differently. When I last saw them in the quarterfinal game against Pembroke last year the Spartan offense treated the high post like there was a disease there. Not much has changed as the Milford offense tonight treated the high post as if there was a case of H1N1 sitting there. Players flash in and out quickly, but it seems like a couple of their Bigs could be put in a better position to succeed if they stayed in high post as opposed to being 25 to 30 feet from the rim. Even though not the most pure basketball game tonight it was entertaining and there was a surprise showing from a Green Wave associate that made the trip even more worthwhile.

Milford- O'Loughlinn 21 Holder 14 Mitchell 9 Cyr 4 McCallum 3 Nelson 2

Portsmouth - Dicesare 26 Jones 10 McCarthy 10 Montville 6 Barton 5 Lane 2

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Post  Tuesday and Friday on Thu Jan 21, 2010 12:43 am

One important stat from this game:

Milford 5 - 10 from the FT line

Portsmouth 13 - 20 from the FT line including 9 - 12 in the second half.

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Post  EBlessNHSP on Thu Jan 21, 2010 9:17 am

Wow Barton with only 5 and they win. I LOVE the DiCesare kid, he's a player. Moves well without the ball and him and Barton have a nice chemistry. Good to see Billy Lane made it back from the injury that took him out of the OR game, even though he didn't score a lot his athleticism and ball handling play a big part.

After watching PHS vs. OR last week, I would classify this as a pretty big upset. Jim Mulvey is an excellent coach however and it doesn't surprise me one bit he had his kids prepared. The Milford Big 3 appeared to get theirs, but usually its best to win with 5 players contributing, Portsmouth appeared to be able to basically shut everybody else down.

Good win for PHS, but Milford should not change their approach. Their obviously still the favorites, but playing on the road is never an easy task.

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Post  EBlessNHSP on Thu Jan 21, 2010 4:56 pm

...crickets....slow day on the board today...

Well Barton had 12 assists...that right there tells a story. I bet 7-8 of em were to DiCesare.

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