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March 8, 2014

Area's best to face tough tests Saturday

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“All I know is they’ve been good and they’re still good,” he said. “We’re going to go in there and play our game, win or lose.”

All one has to do is look at the team that New York Mills lost to this season to understand the challenges it might present for 20-1 Davenport on Saturday.

Section Four Class B champion Norwich needed a 15-2 run in the fourth quarter to beat the Marauders, 48-45, in the STOP-DWI Holiday Classic on Dec. 30 at the Broome County Arena.

That’s the same unbeaten Norwich squad that won the Southern Tier Athletic Conference championship by 20-plus points over Section Four Class AA champion Union-Endicott and the same Purple Tornado squad that handed Oneonta High its only three losses of the season, including a 40-28 win in the sectional final last Saturday.

But Fisher has 536 victories for a reason.

“It’s been a fabulous season,” he said last Saturday. “People talk about one at a time, but we really do. I honestly don’t look at records. People look at ratings in the newspaper and stuff like that. All it is is a team with a number. If you think you’re No. 2 in the state, you’d better play like No. 2 in the state because when you go up the ladder, you’re looking at some really good teams.”

Mills (20-1), which has won six straight sectional titles, is ranked first in the state. It won a state title in 2011 and is riding a 15-game winning streak.

The Marauders’ top player is Nick Comenale, a returning First Team all-state selection. Comenale, a senior, is averaging 24.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.5 steals.

Zach Vennaro contributes 13.1 points and 8.2 rebounds, and Terrance Nichols averages 8.7 points and 4.5 assists.

The Wildcats, in the state playoffs for the first time since advancing to the state semifinals in 2007, have two players averaging in double figures — Kyle Moorby at 11.3 points per game and Matt Finne at 11.0. Josh Davi averages 9.6 and Corey Hartman is at 6.7.

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