Following the Hall of Fame ceremony was the boys game between Milford and Pinckney.
Much like the girls game, the two battled throughout with overtime in the mix as the Pirates pulled out the 46-45 win after a last-second Milford shot rimmed out as the buzzer sounded.
Milford coach David Gilbert has seen plenty of close losses this year, something he hopes his team can get over as postseason looms.
“Unfortunately, we’ve had a lot of those this season. It’s kind of been the storybook,” he said. “To see that final shot hit the rim about eight times and fall out.
“We said to the boys, ‘You made winning plays tonight all across the board. When we got down we made steals. We got shots to win the game numerous times, they just didn’t fall.'”
The Pirates led 13-9 after one, but Milford took control in the second with a 15-6 edge to lead 24-19 at the half.
The third quarter was a wash, with both teams putting up 13 points.
Milford (3-7, 5-10) went ice cold to start the fourth as Pinckney started the comeback. The Mavs had plenty of good looks, but started the quarter 0-of-7 with three turnovers.
Pinckney (5-5, 7-9) wasn’t doing much better as it scored the only point of the first four minutes on a free throw. Just after the mid-point, Jacob Schmitter connected on his third 3-pointer of the night and Matt Badalucco hit a jumper with 2:40 to play to give Pinckney the lead at 38-37.
Milford scored its first points of the fourth quarter with 1:17 to play when Devin Vogel hit a jumper and added a free throw with 47 seconds to play for a two-point lead.
Both teams came up empty on a possession, but Pinckney’s Andrew Kruk drew a foul inside with 2.6 seconds remaining. He went to the line and knocked both down to send the game into overtime tied at 40-40.
Milford scored the first bucket in the extra session, but the Pirates fired right back with two makes to take the lead.
After both teams came up empty on a couple of possessions, the Pirates’ Michael Bankes drew a foul and sank both shots for his only points of the night with 29 seconds to play for a four-point lead.
Milford freshman Aiden Warzecha sunk his second three of the night with 18.9 to play.
The Mavericks fouled Bankes again and he missed both at the line with 5.6 on the clock.
Milford got the ball up the court and got an open look to Vogel from the sideline. The ball was halfway down, but bounced out as the buzzer sounded. Pinckney survived for the right to play in the KLAA tournament.
Three Pirates tallied 11 points each – Dylan Kelly, Kruk and Schmitter.
Milford also had three in double digits, with Vogel leading with 11 points and 10 each from Kyle Valden and Warzecha.
“There is still some season left,” Gilbert said. “It doesn’t matter who we play, our goal is to keep our high level of play. We have our district at home and it’s our goal to win our district.”
Brighton 48, Milford 34
The Bulldogs used an 18-2 run in the third quarter to secure the win on senior night for Brighton.
“We were able to come out in the third quarter and settle things down,” Brighton coach Mike Griest said. “We did about everything right. We defended well, shared the ball and made our shots. It was a nice quarter, probably our best quarter of the year.”