SYRACUSE — That Davenport’s boys outscored the state’s top-ranked Class D team by two points over the final three quarters provided an interesting footnote to Saturday’s Class D state basketball quarterfinal.
But truth be told, from the time New York Mills went on a 17-point run in the first quarter, the outcome was never in question. The Marauders defeated the Wildcats, 55-38, at Onondaga Community College.
Mike Comenale, a returning First Team all-state selection in Class D, scored a game-high 20 points — seven coming in the first quarter when Mills built a 23-4 lead. Its lead ballooned to 34-9 by halftime.
“We knew we were taller, quicker and just a little more athletic than (Davenport coach Lee Fisher’s) squad,” Marauders coach Mike Adey said after winning his 522nd game. “We just had to execute our game plan.”
Matt Finne scored a team-high 12 points for Davenport, which received 10 points from Kyle Moorby and eight from Josh Davi.
When Davi scored two minutes into play, Davenport trailed, 6-4.
But this 21-1 Mills squad, with a front line that measured 6-foot-3, 6-4 and 6-5, capped the quarter with 17 straight points.
Still, this was quite a turnaround season for Davenport (20-2), which won six games the previous season and didn’t qualify for sectionals.
The highlight came last Saturday, when the Wildcats earned 39-32 victory over Southern Cayuga in the Section Four final at Oneonta State, a triumph that marked Fisher’s nine sectional title and 536th win.
“I’m so proud of the effort the squad put forth this year,” said Fisher, second all-time in Section Four coaching wins behind retired Whitney Point coach Jack Halloran. “They had a never-quit attitude that kept us in some games we probably should not have won.”
Adey, a 67-year-old, had high praise for the 73-year-old Fisher.