Bill Kozak scored a varsity-high 27 points Saturday, but Sidney opened its boys basketball season with a 67-60 loss to Susquehanna Valley in the first round of the Thomas Schwann Tournament at Norwich.
Kozak hit nine field goals, including five three-pointers, for the Warriors, who faced a 42-32 deficit at halftime.
“He just played a solid all-around game,” Sidney coach Mike Brazee said of Kozak. He was penetrating and drawing fouls. Just a good all-around game.”
Wyatt McKee contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors, who will play Whitney Point in the consolation game at time, date and site to be determined.
“I’m not unhappy because we’re pretty young and we have a lot of juniors up from the junior varsity,” said Brazee, who added that the consolation game will not be played at Norwich. “I would like to win, but I wasn’t displeased with how things turned out.”
Jason Fiorentino’s 21 points paced Susquehanna Valley, which will face Southern Tier Athletic Conference rival Norwich in the championship game later this season.
Sidney of the Midstate Athletic Conference hosts Windsor of the STAC on Tuesday.
RFA 95, UV 84
All-tournament selection Nate Shackelton scored 10 of his 30 points in the first quarter, but Unadilla Valley fell in the championship game of the Sherburne-Earlville Tournament on Saturday.
“We came out early and handled their pressure in the first quarter,” UV coach Matt Osborne said. “They just wore us down with substitutions and we got into some foul trouble.”
David Dufresne finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Storm (2-1), who received 11 points from Brett Hanslmaier.
Lindell Reed led Rome Free Academy with a game-high 33 points, including three three-pointers. Eli Smalls finished with 18 points and tournament MVP Blake Haga contributed 16 for RFA, which shot 13-for-15 from the foul line in the fourth quarter.