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December 31, 2012

Richfield Springs boys ride balance to tournament title

The Daily Star

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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.

CV-S is off until Friday, when it will host a Tri-Valley League game against Franklin.

UV 77, Oxford 61

Justin Hofer scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, when Unadilla Valley outscored Oxford, 31-13, en route to a consolation victory in the Unadilla Valley Tournament.

“We switched defenses and used a little full-court press,” said UV coach Matt Osborne, who got eight points from Nate Shackelton in the last quarter. “We got confident shooting and started taking the ball to the basket.”

Shackelton hit two of his four three-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with 14 points for the Storm (4-4), who received three threes from Hofer and a season-high 21 points from freshman David Dufresne. Osborne said Dufresne, a 6-foot-1 center, “had two thunderous dunks” in the first quarter, which ended with the Storm ahead, 17-11.

Dufresne also grabbed seven rebounds and Shackelton had seven assists for UV, which overcame a 31-24 halftime deficit.

No all-tournament team was selected as Saturday’s snowstorm postponed the championship game between Oneonta High and Sherburne-Earlville. Osborne said those teams will have the option to play the title game at UV at a later date, but he “kind of left it up to them” if they wanted to move it to one of their home courts.

OHS athletic director Joe Hughes said Sunday night that the programs will discuss their options when school resumes Wednesday.

Unadilla Valley is off until this Saturday, when it will visit Sidney in a key Midstate Athletic Conference game. The teams, who are both unbeaten in MAC play, were originally scheduled to play Thursday.

Other postponements

Hughes said Sunday night that the Oneonta High girls are looking to add a non-league game against a Section Three or Section Four opponent because they did not travel Saturday to Johnson City Middle School to play Vestal in the second round of the Pete Hyde Tournament.

Norwich also stayed put Saturday and did not play its second-round game in the Pete Hyde Tournament. Norwich was scheduled to face Liverpool, which ended up playing Vestal on Saturday.

Osborne said the girls championship and consolation games for the UV Tournament were snowed out as well, adding that the Storm and Sherburne-Earlville will play for the tournament title at a time, date and site to be determined.

Cooperstown girls coach Mike Niles said Sunday night that the Redskins will attempt to make up their consolation game against the host school in the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Tournament as his team didn’t make the trip Saturday. Niles said Holland-Patent defeated Clinton in the championship game, which went on as scheduled, and Cooperstown’s Nicole Cring earned a spot on the all-tournament team.

The following boys basketball games were postponed by Saturday’s storm.

Dick White Tournament at Cooperstown: Championship, Sidney vs. Fort Plain; Consolation, Cooperstown vs. Cobleskill-Richmondville

Downsville Tournament: Championship, Margaretville vs. Roscoe; Consolation, Gilbertsville-Mount Upton vs. Downsville

Greene Showcase: Consolation, Unatego vs. Chenango Forks

Pat Grasso Tournament at Laurens: Championship, South Kortright vs. Milford; Consolation, Laurens vs. Hancock

Ray Clement Tournament at Morris: Championship, Edmeston vs. Mohawk; Consolation, Morris vs. Deposit

Saturday’s storm also postponed the following girls basketball games.

Greene Showcase: Consolation, Sidney vs. Cincinnatus

Harpursville Tournament: Championship, Afton vs. Harpursville; Consolation, Gilbertsville-Mount Upton vs. Oxford

Joan Martin Tournament at Morris: Championship, Edmeston vs. Morris

Kazalski Tournament at Bainbridge-Guilford: Championship, Bainbridge-Guilford vs. Marathon

Ray Preston Tournament at Davenport: Championship, Schenevus vs. Davenport; Consolation, Worcester vs. Delhi

Stamford Tournament: Championship, Milford vs. Stamford; Consolation, Roxbury vs. Laurens


Hamilton Tournament

Cooperstown went 5-1 in pool play to earn the No. 2 seed for the semifinal round before falling, 25-11, 25-16, to the host school in the Hamilton Tournament.

“We sat for about two hours between pool play and the semifinal and really never got back into it,” said Redskins coach Rich Jantzi, whose team placed third overall based on finishing with a better record than South Lewis. “Katie Booan played great, Erin Hascup played great defense all day, and my top hitters were Brooke Liner and McKenna Hage.”

Cooperstown followed a 16-25, 25-22 split against Cincinnatus with sweeps of Fabius-Pompey (25-11, 25-15) and Utica Proctor (25-18, 25-17). Cortland and Onondaga also competed.

Jantzi said he didn’t know who won the tournament because Cooperstown left after the semifinal setback.

The Redskins host Little falls on Jan. 7.


Windsor Tournament

Walton’s Mike Beers and Mark Viviano of Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton won championships Thursday during the Windsor Tournament.

Beers capped his unbeaten tournament run with a 4-0 decision over Liberty’s Andrew Martinez in the 182-pound final, helping Walton to 63.5 points to place 14th in the 21-team event.

Viviano pinned Maine-Endwell’s Matt Brozovic in 1:38 for the 195-pound crown. Viviano helped the Bears, who got runner-up finishes from Jesse Griswold at 132 and Justin Cirigliano at 138, amass 106 points for fifth place.

Other area wrestlers who finished second in their weight classes were Walton’s Dylan Wood (113) and Unatego teammates Leland Slawson (160) and Ryan Marszal (170).

Unatego placed seventh with 102 points. Unadilla Valley finished 19th (35) and Edmeston placed 21st (16).

Huntington won the team title with 168 points, 45 ahead of second-place Greene.