In the physical first game of the night Milford (18-5) overcame a slow start to defeat a scrappy Chrisman (19-9) team 61-51.
Chrisman came out of the gate fast with shooting 4 of 5 from the deep and the first four minutes of the game and it gave them the lead 14-4 at the 330 mark. Milford turn the ball over 7 times in the first quarter to help give Chrisman an 18-4 lead after one quarter.
“We started well and did a good job of following the game plan early,” Chrisman coach Greg Gisinger said.
The Bearcats came out in the second quarter with an aggressive defense and held Chrisman to a field goal in the second quarter and the game was tied 24-24 at the half.
“I thought we did a good job in the second quarter defensively and rebounding to get us back in the game,” Milford Assistant Coach Dave Caldwell said.
The third quarter was a stalemate with both teams having a good four minutes to keep the game close and Milford lead 35-34.
The fourth quarter went to Milford as they extended their defense and got in shooters faces to deny them the three point shot but Chrisman wouldn’t quit and Ty Bolen (30 points) led the Cardinal attack to try to come back but it fell short as the closings seconds wound down.
“It was a very good year and I am so proud of these guys, this was a special group and I am sad it is over,” Gisinger said.