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December 14, 2013

Cooperstown boys lose tough one

Staff Report

Christian Alexander scored eight of his game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter, but Cooperstown lost a Center State Conference Division II boys basketball game at home, 67-49, to West Canada Valley on Friday night.

“They went 16-4 last year and have everyone back,” Cooperstown coach Dave Bertram said of West Canada Valley (4-0, 2-0), which held a 29-21 lead at halftime. “We hung with them throughout the game, but they went 12-for-12 at the foul line and hit seven threes. That’s the game right there.”

Robert Davenport scored 20 points for WCV, which received 13 points from Alex Williams and 10 from Mike Sternberg.

Jordan Manikas contributed 10 points for the Hawkeyes (2-3, 0-1), who host Herkimer on Tuesday.

Unatego 67, Walton 63

Tanner Winchester’s game-high 25 points lifted Unatego to a Midstate Athletic Conference victory on the road.

Kellen Komenda contributed 19 points, including five three-pointers, for the Spartans (1-3, 1-0), who rallied from a 30-28 deficit at halftime.

Colin Adams finished with 21 points for the Warriors (1-2, 0-1), who jumped to a 21-13 lead in the first quarter.

“We hit five of our six three-pointers in the first quarter,” Walton coach Dave Gardepe said. “Then they made some adjustments and Komenda got hot. In the end, we couldn’t stop him and Winchester.”

Jared Beach had 14 points and seven assists, and Trevor Zandt finished with 10 rebounds, eight points and six assists for Walton, which visits Unadilla Valley on Wednesday.

UV 60, Delhi 45

David Dufresne scored 11 of his game-high 18 points in the third quarter, leading visiting Unadilla Valley to a Midstate Athletic Conference victory.

“He was hot, but it was defensive breakdowns as well,” said Delhi coach Warren Kelly, whose team was outscored, 23-11, in the third period. “He’s hard to stop off the drive and he’s an explosive guy. We knew what we had to do and we didn’t do it.”

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