The Daily Star
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Connor Gioffe and Nate Denison provided efficient double-digit scoring efforts Monday, leading the Delhi boys basketball team to a 47-39 defeat of host Oxford in a Midstate Athletic Conference 5-8 Tournament semifinal.
Gioffe went 5-for-10 from the floor en route to a team-best 14 points for the Bulldogs (10-7), who received 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting from Denison.
“They shot very well from the field,” said Delhi coach Warren Kelly, whose team took a 25-18 lead into halftime. “When our two leading scorers shoot that well, it’s a big help.”
Delhi trailed, 13-8, after one quarter but took control by outscoring the Blackhawks, 17-5, in the second period.
“We did a better job in terms of rebounding in the second quarter,” said Kelly, who got eight rebounds overall from Alex Specht. “We spread out the scoring and did a great job of attacking the basket.”
Kevin Davis scored a game-high 19 points for Oxford, which entered the tournament as the sixth seed.
The mild upset gave seventh-seeded Delhi a home game for the MAC 5-8 final as the Bulldogs will host No. 8 seed Harpursville at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday.
The same night, Delhi should learn its seed for the Section Four Class D Tournament.
“There are an awful lot of good Class D teams out there,” said Kelly, whose team traditionally competes at the Class C level during sectionals. “We’re excited for the opportunity to play in the Class D tournament.”
Roxbury 52, Downsville 43
William Rendler scored a game-high 22 points to lead host Roxbury to a Delaware League victory.
Matt Faraci and Jacob Davis each scored 10 points for the Rockets (4-12, 4-10) in their season finale.
Justin Baxter’s 21 points paced Downsville, which faced a 26-21 deficit at the half.
Harpursville 71, G-MU 44
Devon Dean scored a game-high 21 points as visiting Harpursville won a non-league game.
Jon Andrews contributed 12 points and Peyton Dean finished with 10 for the Hornets, who held a 27-16 lead at halftime.
Nathaniel O’Hara scored 13 points for Gilbertsville-Mount Upton (1-15), which received 12 points from Austin Burnside in its season finale.
SKIINGSection Four Slalom
Aiden Cohane won the boys slalom Friday during a Section Four meet at Windham Mountain to lead Windham to the team title.
Cohane won in 36.89 seconds for the Warriors, who completed a 9-0 season with a team score of 77.62.
Windham’s girls also capped a 9-0 season with a winning score of 82.82. Mattie Seamons led a 1-2-3 finish for the Warriors, at 40.79. Sophia Jaeger finished second at 42.03, followed by Natilie Vining at 44.98.
Belleayre Mountain will host the Section Four championships next. The top six boys and the top six girls will represent Section Four at the state championships at Bristol Mountain.