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Milford Boys Basketball Back in Tournament

For the first time since winning the Central Mass Division 1 crown in 2013, the Milford High boys basketball program is back in the postseason. The Scarlet Hawks punched their playoff ticket Monday night with a 71-48 win over Canton on senior night.
"It's incredible," said head coach Paul Seaver after leading MHS to its first district tournament as head coach. "It's a testament to all these kids, their buy in level, and how much they improved over the course of the year."
The playoff berth comes one season after Milford went just 2-18. The Hawks wrapped up this regular season 10-10 and will begin tournament play next week.
"We knew it would be a rebuilding step a year ago we had most of the guys back from last years team, they were hungry, they used it as motivation," Seaver said. "They wanted to got the tournament ever since our season ended a year ago. We were 3-8 less than a month ago. They never gave up, they kept the door open and were able to get it done."
Coming into Monday's game 9-10 meant Milford needed a win to get to .500 and qualify for postseason play. Playing in what could have been their final game had it been a loss, the MHS senior class combined to score 53 of the team's 71 points.
"They didn't want to see their careers end," Seaver said.
Senior guard Dimitry Torres lead the team with 23 points against Canton, following up on 18 and 22 point performances in the previous two games. Torres finished the regular season averaging 14.3 points per game.
"He's a senior captain and he is our catalyst," Seaver said. "He makes key shots to keep us going and Monday night was a prime example of that."
Senior forward Dwight Anderson averaged nearly 13 points and six rebounds per game and Seaver called him the Hawks' most consistent threat. Junior point guard Zack Tamagni rounded out the triple threat offensively, scoring more than 10 points per game. Milford also received a lift down the stretch from 6'4" sophomore Kayden Kelley, who pulled down north of nine rebounds per game. 
Senior Jack DeSantis scored a career-high 10 points against Canton, and fellow senior Josh Andonian added five points to the winning effort. Leading by only two at halftime, Milford was able to pull away in the second half in front of a packed home gym.
"We came out getting a feel for the environment and a sense of the magnitude of the game," the head coach said. "In the second half, we got a couple shots to fall and our confidence went up."
Seaver expects Milford to be seeded near the bottom of what might be either an eight or nine team field. He said playing an Eastern Mass Hockomock League schedule will be beneficial to help prepare the squad for postseason play, and said he and his staff have been scouting the top teams in Central Mass who could be potential tournament foes.
Despite playing in an Eastern Mass league, Milford is one of two Hockomock teams — Franklin being the other — that plays in the Central Mass tournament. If the Scarlet Hawks are able to advance to the semifinals, they will play at WPI, site of many a memorable moment in program history.
"When I was in high school, we went four years in a row," Seaver said. "Looking at the history and tradition of Milford, it was always a staple to get into the tournament, have your shot, and get to WPI. This group has put Milford back where it belongs."




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