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.