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January 17, 2013

Grand night for Storm's Hofer

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Unadilla Valley senior Justin Hofer scored his season-high of 31 points and surpassed 1,000 varsity points in leading the visiting Storm to a 62-43 Midstate Athletic Conference victory over Harpursville on Wednesday.

Hofer needed 28 points to reach 1,000. He hit the milestone with about five minutes left in the fourth quarter on a driving right-handed layup.

“I called a timeout and after the game we presented him with the game ball,” UV coach Matt Osborne said of Hofer, a four-year varsity player. “We’ll have a ceremony before our (home) game Friday against Oxford.”

Hofer made his first four shots _ three from behind the three-point arc _ in helping the Storm to a 17-13 lead after one quarter.

He scored six more in the second quarter as UV extended its lead to 33-21 at halftime.

“He’s been struggling this year with tendonitis in his knee, so he hasn’t practiced a lot,” Osborne said. “He’s been practicing more lately and he had a hop in his step tonight.”

Hofer also had 10 rebounds, five steals and three blocks, and held Harpursville’s Mason Dean to seven points.

“He really shut him down,” Osborne said of Hofer’s defense on Dean.

David Dufresne contributed 14 points for the Storm (7-5, 6-1).

Devon Dean and Justin Koranka had 11 points apiece for Harpursville.

Milford 56, RS 45

Milford coach Frank Spurchise said his team’s key Tri-Valley League home victory came about because of his role players.

“We shared the ball, but the biggest thing tonight was a lot of the other kids stepped up,” said Spurchise, whose team improved to 7-0 in league play and handed Richfield Springs its second league loss.

Spurchise referred to players such as Max Lang, who had 12 points and 15 rebounds; Jacob Tabor and Paul VanWarner, who scored seven points apiece; and Blake Elliot, who had six points.

After trailing by three after one quarter, the Wildcats outscored RS, 17-2, in the second quarter. VanWarner had all seven of his points _ two baskets coming off of steals and a three-pointer.

Peyton Griffiths finished with a game-high 17 points for Milford (8-2), which will play host to defending Tri-Valley League champion Morris on Friday.

Joseph Kelly had 10 points to lead the Indians.

Morris 59, Franklin 35

Cody Myers fueled a 16-9 second-quarter run by hitting all three of his three-pointers to help visiting Morris to a Tri-Valley League victory.

Morris led, 10-9, after one quarter before Myers’ shooting helped the Mustangs extend their advantage to 26-18 at halftime.

Mike DeLuca had a team-high 13 points and Myers and Levi Decker each finished with 11 points for Morris.

Franklin freshman Derek Beers scored 16 points to lead Franklin (2-6, 1-6), which will travel to Edmeston on Friday.