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December 31, 2012

Richfield Springs boys ride balance to tournament title

Staff Report

Tournament MVP Joseph Kelly scored a game-high 15 points Saturday to lead Richfield Springs to a 48-30 boys basketball victory over Cherry Valley-Springfield in the championship game of the CV-S Tournament.

All-tournament selections Keegan Wheelock-Tanner and Benjamin Smith scored 14 and 11 points, respectively, for the Indians (6-0), who held a 15-13 lead before outscoring the Patriots, 25-9, in the third quarter.

“It was a wild game,” said CV-S coach Terry Brant, whose team scored the first two points of the third quarter before Tri-Valley League rival Richfield Springs went on a 9-0 run. “We just ran into a buzzsaw in the third quarter. We were real flat and couldn’t recover. We couldn’t get a basket. They made that run and we couldn’t break it.”

Smith scored seven points in the third period for the Indians, who received six apiece from Kelly, Wheelock-Tanner and Lucas VanRiper in the quarter. The quartet combined for all of Richfield Springs’ points as VanRiper finished with eight.

“They’re balanced,” Brant said of the Indians, who jumped to a 13-4 lead after one quarter but were outscored, 9-2, in the second period. “They’re not tall, but they’re big. They’re stocky, strong and physical. They’re a senior-laden team that has been playing varsity together since they were sophomores.”

Kyle Jaquay’s 12 points paced the Patriots (5-2), who received eight points and 10 rebounds from Isiah Montgomery. Both players earned all-tournament accolades, as did Marty Collins of Owen D. Young and Tyler Bianchine of Sharon Springs.

Brant said ODY defeated Sharon Springs in the consolation game of the event, which was the only basketball tournament involving area teams that was completed this past weekend.

Saturday’s snowstorm wiped out the remainder of the holiday tournament schedule featuring local boys and girls squads, save the boys consolation game of the Unadilla Valley Tournament. Unadilla Valley beat Midstate Athletic Conference rival Oxford, 77-61, in that game.

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