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February 19, 2014

Laurens boys bump Delhi; Davenport, Milford advance

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Mitchell Barra scored a game-high 19 points Tuesday to lead the Laurens boys basketball team to a first-round upset in the Section Four Class D Tournament as the 10th-seeded Leopards downed seventh-seeded host Delhi, 62-46.

Jared Conklin hit three three-pointers en route to 16 points for Laurens (12-6), which took a 29-18 lead into halftime. Laurens also received 11 points from Logan Barra and 10 from Anthony Monaco.

“We had a hard time attacking their defense and they did a nice job at handling our ball pressure,” Delhi coach Warren Kelly said. “They had a balanced attack and a lot of guys were able to score.”

Connor Gioffe paced Midstate Athletic Conference-affiliate Delhi (10-9) with 12 points. Teammate Michael Staples contributed 10 points.

Laurens of the Tri-Valley League will visit second-seeded Davenport at 7 p.m. Friday in a Section Four Class D quarterfinal. Davenport (17-1) shared the Delaware League title with fourth-seeded Gilboa (15-3) this season.

Davenport 64, Franklin 39

Josh Davi scored a game-high 15 points to lead Delaware League co-champion Davenport to a first-round victory in the Section Four Class D Tournament.

Matt Finne finished with 14 points, scoring eight of those in a 22-10 first quarter for the second-seeded Wildcats (17-1). Kyle Moorby contributed all seven of his points in the first period for Davenport, which went on to a 41-19 lead at halftime.

“It was a good team effort,” said Davenport coach Lee Fisher, who received eight rebounds from Kyle Wamsley, seven assists from Corey Hartman and six assists from Finne. “I’m happy with the way the guys put it together tonight.”

Derek Beers scored a team-best 13 points for the 15th-seeded Purple Devils of the Tri-Valley League, who ended their season at 7-9.

Davenport will host a sectional quarterfinal against another T-V team as 10th-seeded Laurens advanced with a 62-46 victory over seventh-seeded Delhi of the Midstate Athletic Conference. The Leopards will visit Davenport at 7 p.m. Friday.

Stamford 65, Margaretville 45

Matt Anderson finished with a game-high 27 points, including seven three-pointers, to lead eighth-seeded Stamford to a first-round home victory in the Section Four Class D Tournament.

Anderson had 13 points in the second quarter, when the Indians outscored the Delaware League rival Blue Devils, 23-12.

“Margaretville does a good job at doubling down on the block, so it opened up the outside for us,” said Stamford coach Greg O’Connell, who also received 10 points and five blocks from Dustin King.

Stamford’s Glen Cioccari contributed nine points and five assists, and teammates Geoff and Gregg Mattice finished with 13 rebounds apiece.

“A lot of guys contributed in a lot of ways tonight,” O’Connell said.

Cooper Reither and Matt Van Valkenburg each scored 19 points for ninth-seeded Margaretville, who finished the season 12-6. Stamford (13-5) will play at top-seeded Edmeston on Friday in a Section Four Class D quarterfinal. Edmeston (17-1), which had a first-round bye, is coming off its only loss of the season -- a 52-47 setback in overtime against third-seeded Milford in the Tri-Valley League championship game this past Saturday at Oneonta State.

SK 78, Afton 46

Tyler Lamport finished with a game-high 23 points and eight assists to lead sixth-seeded South Kortright to a first-round Section Four Class D Tournament victory at home.

Griff Metzko scored eight of his 16 points in the first quarter, which ended with the Rams ahead, 20-5.

“We forced quite a few turnovers, which led to fastbreak baskets in the first quarter,” said SK coach Bob VanValkenburgh, who recieved 13 points from Dan Nelson and 11 from Ty Magnan. Kyle Hinman paced 11th-seeded Afton of the MAC with 17 points. Darien Heath contributed nine points for the Crimson Knights (7-11), all coming from three-point range.

SK (14-4) will play at third-seeded and reigning Tri-Valley League champion Milford (18-1) on Friday in a Section Four Class D quarterfinal.

Gilboa 63, Worcester 25

Christian Cooper scored a game-high 21 points and Zach Perry finished with 18 to lead fourth-seeded host Gilboa to a first-round victory in the Section Four Class D Tournament.

Ben Standhart scored eight of his 10 points in the first quarter for the Delaware League co-champion Wildcats, who held a 22-7 advantage after eight minutes.

“We were able to force their guards into turnovers,” Gilboa coach Andrew Dumas said.

Cooper and Perry combined for 17 points in the third quarter, when Gilboa outscored the Wolverines, 20-3. Perry also finished with six steals and five assists.

Tim Mould paced 13th-seeded Worcester (9-9) with nine points.

Gilboa (15-3) will host fifth-seeded Southern Cayuga of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference at 7 p.m. Friday in a Section Four Class D quarterfinal.

Milford 65, Deposit 52

Peyton Griffiths scored 14 of his game-high 23 points in the first quarter as third-seeded host Milford opened the Section Four Class D Tournament with a victory over Deposit of the MAC.

Griffiths also had seven assists and four three-pointers for the Wildcats, who received 17 points and three threes from Will Ward.

“They played hard and their kids were very athletic,” said Milford coach Frank Spurchase, whose Tri-Valley League champions took a 43-30 lead into halftime. “It was a tough game. They definitely didn’t play like a 14-seed.”

Devin Schmitz paced Deposit (7-12) with 20 points and Gary Fineout scored 10.

Max Lang grabbed 10 rebounds for Milford (18-1), which will host sixth-seeded South Kortright at 7 p.m. Friday in a Section Four Class D quarterfinal.

SC 70, CV-S 32

Ben Drugatz scored a team-high 11 points as visiting Cherry Valley-Springfield of the Tri-Valley League was eliminated from the Section Four Class D Tournament in the opening round.

The 12th-seeded Patriots (10-8) stayed close for most of the first half, but fifth-seeded Southern Cayuga rode a late run in the second quarter to a 33-21 lead at halftime.

‘‘They will be a tough out,” CV-S coach Terry Brant said of SC, which plays in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference. “We had a good season and should be pretty competitive next year with some good JV players coming up.”

Tom Miller scored a game-high 20 points for the Chiefs, who received 18 apiece from Logan Clark and 6-foot-6 Justin Schnieder.

CLASS C BOYSUV 59, Candor 31

David Dufresne’s game-high 22 points paced host Unadilla Valley to a first-round victory in the Section Four Class C Tourney.

The Storm’s defense held Candor to five first-half points as the reigning Midstate Athletic Conference champions took a 34-5 lead into halftime.

Dufresne scored nine points in the second quarter, when Nate Shackleton had six of his 10 points. Fifth-seeded Unadilla Valley (15-4) visits another Interscholastic Athletic Conference team at 7 p.m. Friday, when it meets third-seeded Newfield (15-2) in the sectional quarterfinals.

Newfield had a first-round bye Tuesday.

Marathon 74, Unatego 60

Tanner Winchester’s game-high 27 points wasn’t enough for Unatego to advance in the Section Four Class C Tournament.

Kellen Komenda finished with 18 points and seven rebounds for the eighth-seeded Spartans (11-8), who faced a 38-28 deficit at halftime. Ninth-seeded Marathon of the IAC closed the first half on an 8-0 run that took 90 seconds.

Tyler Hollerer went 8-for-9 from the free throw line en route to 18 points for the Olympians, who hit 27 of 42 foul shots.

“They were a little better at free throws,” said first-year Unatego coach Cal Locke, whose team went 11-for-28 from the foul line. “Ours disappeared the last two games.”

Zach Brandstat had 17 points, Matt Tebbe scored 12 and Isaih Brooks finished with 10 for Marathon (11-7).

“I challenged this team with a tough non-league schedule,” Locke said. “These guys responded well and competed from beginning to end. I’m really proud of them.”