Milford Knights win tourney hoop title

The Milford Knights Blue Travel 5th grade basketball team capped off the inaugural Milford Knights Travel League season by topping the Orange Wolverines in the tournament championship game.

The regular season champion and top-seeded Knights limited the second-seeded Wolverines to four first-half points, and held off a furious third quarter Orange rally, before cruising to a 26-15 victory.

John Neider got the Knights off to a fast start and scored five of his game-high 10 points in the first quarter. A basket by Ethan Long and a pair of Riley Jordan free throws gave the Knights a 9-2 lead after the first quarter.

In the second quarter, a Jack Aliberti elbow jumper, Zach Worzel lay-up and Neider free throw gave the Knights a 14-4 lead at the half.

Orange came out fighting in the third quarter with a couple of 3-point baskets to narrow the gap. Baskets by Neider and Jordan pushed the Knight’s lead back up to eight to end the third quarter at 18-10.

In the decisive fourth quarter, the Knights closed out the Wolverines with two Ethan Long lay ups, a Brendan Buchner jump shot and two more Neider free throws.