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January 4, 2014

Unatego boys fall just short vs. Owego

STAFF REPORT

Shane Bucci scored his varsity high of 16 points to lead three Unatego players in double-figures, but the host Spartans lost, 64-63, to Owego in a non-league boys basketball game Friday.

The Indians’ Will Gladney completed his game-high 25-point night by scoring inside with under 10 seconds left to give Owego a one-point lead.

Unatego got off a final shot, but it didn’t come close to the basket.

“We played well to stay with them,” Unatego coach Cal Locke said. “That’s quality team in the (Southern Tier Athletic Conference). They’re leading their division. It was a tough game for us, but I feel we got better.”

Kellen Komenda and Tanner Winchester scored 14 and 12 points, respectively, for the Spartans, who received nine points from Braedon Beadle and six apiece from Corbin Henry and Johnathan Forte.

In addition to scoring 16 points, Bucci also guarded Gladney in the post.

“I thought he did a phenomenal job,” Locke said of Bucci’s defense on Gladney, who scored 32 points against Oneonta High earlier this season. “He was our MVP today.”

Unatego (3-4) outscored the Indians, 24-13, in the third quarter to take a 46-41 lead into the fourth quarter. Forte then hit a pair of three-pointers early in the quarter for Unatego.

But Brandon Hathaway hit two threes in the final quarter to lead Owego’s comeback. Hathaway and Zach Thomas scored 15 points apiece.

The Spartans will host Deposit on Monday.

Gilboa 66, Schenevus 42

Christian Cooper scored a game-high 17 points and grabbed a team-best 10 rebounds to lead host Gilboa to a victory in the Delaware League.

Zach Perry and Ben Standhart each contributed 13 points apiece as the Wildcats held a 17-point advantage at halftime.

‘‘We came out with a lot of pressure,’’ said Gilboa coach Andrew Dumas, whose team received 10 points from Hunter Grace.

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