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December 21, 2012

Laurens, Davenport boys win openers

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David Fraser finished with a game-high 18 points and 10 rebounds Thursday, helping Laurens to a 59-47 boys basketball victory over Worcester in the opening game of the Lee Fisher Tournament at Davenport.

“David had a big night,” Laurens coach Andy Carr said. “He did a good job inside. Their big man, (Bobby) Rundblad, left the game with an ankle sprain in the first quarter and we were able to take advantage of that inside.”

Mitchell Barra contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds and Ryan Holmes had 14 points for Laurens (2-3, 1-2) in a game that counts in the Tri-Valley League standings.

Jordan Wood hit three three-pointers en route to 15 points for Worcester, which received all 12 of Devin Adams’ points on threes.

Laurens advanced to the championship game against Davenport, which is coached by the tournament’s namesake, at 6:30 p.m. today.

“Lee’s teams are always competitive,” Carr said. “He’s one of the best coaches in area. They play an up-tempo game, so it will be fast-paced. It’s going to be a dogfight.”

Worcester plays Jefferson in the consolation game at 5 p.m. today.

Davenport 60, Jefferson 22

Matt Finne had 11 points and six rebounds to lead host Davenport to a rout of Delaware League rival Jefferson in the first round of the Lee Fisher Tournament.

The game also counts in the Delaware League standings.

“Jefferson has a young ballclub, but it was a good team effort by us,” Davenport coach Lee Fisher said. “Nobody had a lot of points, but everybody shared in scoring and we played together as a team.”

James Reeves’ eight points led Jefferson (0-4, 0-4).

Davenport (2-3, 2-2) plays Laurens in the championship game at 6:30 p.m. today.

“They shoot threes, have got good size and run the court well,” Fisher said of Laurens. “We’ll be in for a good game.”

Jefferson plays Worcester in the consolation game at 5 p.m. today.

Stamford 49, Roxbury 32

Matt Anderson scored 19 points, including five three-pointers, as host Stamford won a non-league game against Delaware League foe Roxbury.

“They played a zone for most of the game and we had some good looks,” Stamford coach Greg O’Connell said. “We have very good guards. Anderson is a real streak shooter and he got hot tonight.”

Spencer Hinkley led Roxbury (3-3, 3-2) with nine points.

Greg Mattice had 10 points and 12 rebounds and Erik Ehrhart contributed seven points and five assists for Stamford (5-1, 3-0), which is at Walton for a non-league game next Thursday.

Gilboa 59, Downsville 39

Justin Baxter scored a varsity-high 24 points, but host Downsville lost to Gilboa in a Delaware League game.

Hunter Grace scored 19 points to lead Gilboa (6-1, 4-0), which received 11 points apiece from Tyler Latta and Zak Perry.

Downsville (1-4, 1-2) plays Roscoe on Thursday in the first round of the Downsville Tournament.

Cooperstown 60,

Hamilton 54

Ethan Bliss scored 18 points for host Cooperstown, which battled through a wild fourth quarter to win in the Center State Conference.

“We were up 25 in fourth quarter and we started subbing people out, and the tide swung on us big time,” said Cooperstown coach Dave Bertram, whose team was outscored, 23-7, in the final period. “It was in hand the whole time, but I had to put some of my guys back in.

“We just got out of control not focusing on what we needed to do,” he continued. “It was a learning experience, which is good – especially when you come away with a win.”

Logan Bailey had a game-high 27 points for Hamilton, including 19 in the second half. Teammate Zach Dow scored 14 points.

Noah Sims contributed 15 points for Cooperstown (3-3, 3-2), which is at Westmoreland on Saturday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Sidney 48, Walton 27

Kelsey Decker had a varsity-high 20 points as host Sidney beat Walton for its first win of the season in the Midstate Athletic Conference.

“She’s been our leading scorer all year, but this was her best game by far,” Sidney coach Brad Aldrich said of the junior guard, who had four three-pointers and 11 rebounds.

Sidney jumped to a 15-0 lead after one quarter.

“We pressured them and they had trouble with it,” Aldrich said. “We turned them over a lot in the first half and didn’t give them any good looks at the basket.”

Tamara MacDonald’s varsity-high 13 points paced Walton, which received 12 rebounds from Cortney Miller.

Hannah Wood had six assists for Sidney (1-4, 1-2), which plays Susquehanna Valley on Thursday in the first round of the Greene Holiday Showcase.

Unatego 36, B-G 31

Casey Manzanero scored 11 points to lead Unatego to a MAC win on the road.

The Spartans jumped to a 10-2 lead but were outscored, 10-3, in the second quarter. Bainbridge-Guilford (1-5, 1-2) went on to take a 31-29 lead in the fourth quarter but went cold and failed to score over the last 4 minutes, 3 seconds.

“We had some good looks like we had the whole game, we just didn’t stick them in,” Bobcats coach ob Conway said. “They’re good. Unatego’s a really good team. They start four seniors and a junior, so they put a lot of pressure on our kids. We still had some shots. We’ve just got to start sticking them in the bucket.”

Taylor Palmatier scored 11 points for B-G, which received nine rebounds from Morgan Bullis.

The Bobcats will host the Kazalski Tournament from Dec. 27-28. Whitney Point and Marathon will open the event at 3:45 p.m. Dec. 27, followed by B-G against Windsor at 7:30 p.m.

The Kazalski consolation game is set for 3:45 p.m. Dec. 28, with the championship game slated for 7:30 p.m. the same day.

Hancock 62,

Schenevus 61

Schenevus’ comeback bid ended when its final shot rimmed out at the buzzer as visiting Hancock escaped with a non-league victory.

Schenevus coach Tim Walke said the Dragons (1-2) forced a turnover with six seconds left, pushed the ball upcourt and got a decent look, but “the ball rolled around the rim and didn’t go in.”

The teams combined for a 49-point fourth quarter, with Schenevus outscoring the Wildcats, 28-21.

“There was a lot of back-and-forth for both teams,” Walke said of the final period. “We shot like 70 percent in the fourth quarter. It would have been nice if we did that in the other three.

“The last quarter, the fans were hyped, the coaches were hyped and the players were hyped,” he continued. “I would love to see 32 minutes of ball like that.”

Despite battling flu-like symptoms, junior guard Sarah Mellor scored 11 of her 21 points in the fourth period for the Dragons, who received a season-best 21 points from senior forward Taylor Spranger.

Caitlin Wormuth hit three three-point field goals en route to 21 points for Hancock (4-1), which received 11 points from Ashley Banicky.

Sierra Bentley contributed 11 points for Schenevus, which trailed, 27-21, at halftime.

The Dragons will play Worcester in the opening round of the Ray Preston Tournament in Davenport at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 27. Davenport will host the consolation and championship games the following day.