Sunday, November 22, 2009

Portsmouth Beats Milford

1/20/10
Portsmouth over Milford tonight 59-53. I wasn't at this game, as I was calling Somersworth vs. Farmington down the street. But I see that the Clippers' Mike Barton only had 5 points. Barton is Portsmouth's best player, leading scorer and he dropped 31 on Pembroke last Tuesday. Before this game if you told me that he would only score 5 against Milford, I would have guessed that Milford won going away. The fact that he only scored 5, and they still beat the mighty Milford team tells me that Portsmouth is for real.

I really wish I was at this game instead of being down the street at Somersworth/Farmington. Hard to believe that just a couple weeks ago, Portsmouth was playing against Timberlane in the SEVENTH PLACE GAME at the Oyster River Holiday Classic. And the Clippers had their full roster in that tournament, and everyone was healthy.

Going into this game, I was having a difficult time imagining a scenario where Milford loses this game. Portsmouth is not a very big team. Billy Lane is very fast and athletic, but Milford is still a much faster team than the Clippers. Milford has more experience and more talent. Portsmouth looked good when I saw them last Tuesday in their win at Pembroke. But they didn't play very well last Thursday when they beat Oyster River 38-37 in an ugly contest. But this game was in Portsmouth, and Coach Mulvey's squad is a smart, disciplined team. So I figured it would be a close game. But I definitely did not expect a Portsmouth win tonight.

Congrats to Portsmouth on a good win.

As for Milford, maybe this will bring them back down to earth. Maybe they were getting a little complacent with everyone and their mother picking them to win Class I before the season, and this will make them work harder.

It's still early in the season. I still think Milford will be there at the end, they have way too much talent not to.

35 comments:

  1. The only thing this game shows is to beat Milford you have to play zone. That was proven last year in Pembroke as a very smart man said to me after the game. I think that has been obvious all year long.
    Question is now can the coach install a offense that can solve the zone. That is all it means.

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  2. Milford should worry about playing their own schedule,and not trying to play Trinity.The best team in the state is eating some humble pie for breakfast.

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  3. Looks as if the "untouchable" Milford got complacent and got caught. Portsmouth is a very good team and if they execute and play well theyre as good as anyone. Big win for Portsmouth. Milford cant dwell on this, learn from it, they have a young but VERY talented team and they are a very good squad. Big ups to Portsmouth.

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  4. It was interesting to watch my son plays for Oyster River and so we caught the game, i couldn't help but watch Milford struggle against the zone and why their coach didn't make any adjustments? From what i saw they were completely out coached. Milford has way to much talent to lose to Portsmouth they beat us at home and we just couldn't match the talent player for player on the court. I also saw a different lineup last night and my son said it looked like the were playing the end of the bench players through the first half of the game? I'M not sure what that was all about but you could tell the team looked out of sync the whole game. I only wish we could have played that Milford team we saw last night.

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  5. This win will really add to Portsmouth's standings in the heal point system as Milford had a very high Preliminary index.

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  6. Milford is a good transition and penetrating team but not a great perimeter shooting team, and they were outcoached last night.

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  7. So much for "It's Milford and everyone else".

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  8. Noticed u changed the Class I rankings to have Portsmouth ahead of Milford. I am not from Milford, and was actually glad that they lost a game, but this doesn't seem correct to me. Milford still has the better overall win-loss record and should maintain their #1 ranking.

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  9. Did Lebanon play zone at xmas tourney??

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  10. Maybe Portsmouth should play Trinity...

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  11. I do not think there is a better shooting team in class I when coached against the defense that is being run. Milford's guards have no clue right now how to handle the zone. Big guys are sitting and waiting for someone to bring them the ball and the guards are trying to do to much.
    I will match Milford's shooters against any others. That isn't the issue.

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  12. Jeremy do you consider home court to be an advantage at all?

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  13. They definitely should... would be a great game. They shouldn't play Monadnock it isn't good for either team to do so.

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  14. It depends on the school. Some schools, like Exeter and Salem, for example don't have very loud gyms. Others do. I think that home court definitely played a factor in the BG win over Dover last Thursday. And I said in my post at the top of this page that Portsmouth having home court in this game could have played a part in their win over Milford.

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  15. So if that is the case and home court is an advantage why switch a team based on a very close road loss? I sense some inconsistency in your reasoning. I myself do not read a lot into your rankings but I do like to put you on the spot when you change without due cause.

    PS, you want to see the foul go to MIlfords website.

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  16. Portsmouth beat Milford fair and square last night. How can you say that I changed the rankings without due cause? BG beat Dover at home, but when I switched that the next day and put BG at #1 no one said anything.

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  17. Dont get all defensive Jeremy I just want to know how much of an advantage is home court. For instance, if you feel home court is worth say 3 points and Portsmouth wins by 4 they would be the #1 team. If Milford only lost by two would MIlford still be number 1? I just want to know what the spread was...

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  18. Yeah, i'm gonna have to go with jeremy on that one

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  19. what do you mean you want to see foul go to Milford's website? they don't even have a website

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  20. Souhegan beat Portsmouth this year

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  21. Go to Milfords website? what one is that?I heard holder got his arms hacked off on the steal at half court with the ref standing there but i would love to see it on video.

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  22. We do have a website but it is just for us sorry... Top secret stuff!

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  23. I could Youtube that play if you ask nicely..

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  24. Video will be up on youtube shortly

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  25. Let's just agree to make Milford number #1 no matter who they lose to. After all, it's not their fault. It's the referees, it's the zone defense which should be illegal because Milford can't beat it, it's the fact the game was on the road, it's the fact they didn't take Portsmouth seriously but they would have won otherwise and will certainly win the next time. Can't you give credit where credit is due?

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  26. I was at that game and from what i saw the ref's were horrible no doubt. I'M from oyster river and I'M happy to see Milford lose but there was no doubt the ref's definitely gave Portsmouth a huge edge.I only wish the head of NHIAA officials would keep some these ref's in line it's bad for the game and the kids that play the game and it's not fun going on road and knowing you will run into one of these guys.It's not all ref's but there are definitely some really bad ones out there.

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  27. Just saw the video on the foul definitely a hack across the arm and elbow area not even close to the ball in fact it looks like the ref was about to call something and then swallowed the whistle. I wouldn't be asking for credit on this game Portsmouth if that was how the game was being called. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8moK421_I0w

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  28. Can't think of anything I dislike more than people that complain about referees. Is there ever a game at any level, anywhere on earth, where everyone on both teams agrees with all the calls or non-calls? Grow up and play the game!

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  29. I can't think of anything I dislike more than people who think that it's fair for referees to take a game away from kids that play hard to win a game but have their own agenda's.I looked at the same video and it's a shame that a game can be decided like that and it happens way to much.

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  30. What I hate is that Referee's continue to feel they are not part of the game. Do not decide the outcome and are unable to admit to being wrong on occasion. I think they should welcome the criticism in a replay that way they can see where they made a mistake and correct it. Right now we are told to respect the officials, not complain about calls, never second guess anything. That isn't fair they get paid to do a job and when they do not do it correctly they should be questioned and looked into and monitored. The guys that do JV games right now are horrible. My son has been in games where they got tackled and nothing was called. If they make a bad call, televise it, question it and put them on the spot. If you fail at your job at work do you not have to answer for it. Of course you do, it is a job and those who abuse the job should be put on the spot. Just like any other profession.

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  31. That would have been a pretty weak foul. The dribbler put the ball right in front of the defender. minimal contact. Not a hack. The referee was on the other side (he has to be on one side or another)couldn't see it and definitely shouldn't guess. Ball handler needs to be stronger with the ball.

    If they call those fouls Milford would need to add about 5 more guys to there roster to get through a game.

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  32. I didn't see that at all if you stop it at the contact point you can see he his hand is clearly at his elbow not his wrist his hand the ball but at his elbow and he ran into him on top of that and if you watch the ref in the back ground he goes to raise his hand and then swallows his whistle??????????????? And the other ref was on the other side looking right at too.

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  33. Your right he does have his hand coming down on the elbow area and i looked at the ref he seemed to raise his hand up and then stop and the defender even looked like he pulled up after he did it because he thought he was going to get a foul out of it. Oh well tough to lose that way but gotta play better and not be in that position in the first place.

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  34. Okay so it was a foul? Cool. What about the rest of the game and all the other possesions where Portsmouth knocked down more shots and executed better than Milford? Did the refs play a role in them flat out OUT PLAYING Milford too? Didnt think so.

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  35. Once again, I posted the video cause I was asked to. Milford started the talk originally stating that they were outcoached and outplayed. However that was a big non call at a tough time.
    As for the other ref, he was not there at all. In fact I think the guy that missed this call was tired of covering for his partner. The ref that missed this call had made calls in the other guys zone all night. Not an excuse just a bad missed call and bad timing made it hard to swallow.

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