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December 14, 2013

Cooperstown boys lose tough one

The Daily Star

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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.”

Nate Shackleton contributed 15 points for the Storm, which took a 24-23 lead into halftime.

Alex Specht finished with 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulldogs (4-1, 0-1), who host a non-league game Mondat against Davenport.

“We know if the effort’s not consistent for four quarters, that’s going to be a tough game,” Kelly said.

Greene 70, Sidney 54

Sidney’s Nick Meno shared game-high scoring honors with Greene’s Justin Ekstorm as the two scored 25 points apiece in the Warriors’ Midstate Athletic Conference loss at home.

The Trojans opened on a 21-8 run, but Sidney turned up the pressure in the second quarter. Bill Kozak scored eight points in the period and Meno had seven as Sidney pulled to 30-25 at halftime.

Ekstorm scored 17 points in the third quarter for Trojans, who had a 29-10 advantage in the period to take control. Zach Wentlent contributed 21 points for Greene.

Kozak finished with 17 points and Wyatt McKee grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds for Sidney (0-3), which will play the consolation game of the Norwich Tournament against Whitney Point at 6 p.m. Saturday. The championship game will feature Norwich and Susquehanna Valley.

Worcester 55, RS 38

George Clements scored 18 points to lead a balanced Worcester attack as the Wolverines won a Tri-Valley League game at home.

Jacob Grover contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds for Worcester (3-1, 3-0), which received 11 points apiece from Devin Adams and Tim Mould.

Tommy Worobey’s 13 points paced the Indians (2-1, 1-1), who received 12 points from Roman Hula.

Worcester visits Schenevus on Tuesday.

Morris 70, G-MU 36

Ryan Morlock and Michael Murphy scored 19 points apiece to lead Morris to a Tri-Valley League triumph on the road.

Morlock hit five three-pointers for the Mustangs, who got three more from Murphy. Cameron Hill contributed 14 points and Aidan Staib had 11 for Morris, which outscored the Raiders, 29-8, in the third quarter.

Nathaniel O’Hara made all three of Gilbertsville-Mount Upton’s three-pointers and finished with 17 points. The Raiders (0-4, 0-3) visit Franklin on Wednesday.

CV-S 53, Schenevus 37

Wyatt Crowley scored a game-high 20 points to lead host Cherry Valley-Springfield to a victory in the Tri-Valley League.

The Patriots trailed, 24-21, at halftime, but outscored the Dragons, 32-13, in the second half to earn their first league win of the season.

‘‘We finally found the net in the second half,’’ CV-S coach Terry Brant said.

Dustin Collins contributed 15 points and a team-best 12 rebounds for Cherry-Valley Springfield (2-3, 1-2), which visits Edmeston next Friday.

Corey Roseboom and Tyler Comino shared team-bests of nine points for Schenevus.

Windham 60, H-T 49

David Saunders finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead Windham to a Delaware League victory that marked the first win of the season for the host Warriors.

Majd Ismail contributed 13 points for Windham (1-3, 1-2), which took a 41-28 lead into halftime.

Dylan Legg’s 16 points paced the Wildcats, who received 11 from Jordan Radcliffe.

Windham hosts Jefferson on Monday.