Not so fast, Bainbridge-Guilford.
Unatego’s boys are still the reigning basketball champions of the Midstate Athletic Conference, and it doesn’t look like the Spartans are ready to relinquish their crown quite yet.
Unatego offset Austin Bauerle’s double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds with four scorers in double figures Friday for a 72-69 road victory over the state-ranked Bobcats.
Tyler Butler scored 18 points to pace the Spartans (4-2, 3-0), who received 17 points from Quinn Barnhart and 15 apiece from Kellen Komenda and Tanner Winchester to keep pace with Sidney (5-1, 3-0) and Unadilla Valley (3-3, 3-0) for first place in the MAC.
“It was a barn-burner. It was just a great high school game,” said B-G coach Greg Warren, whose team fell to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the MAC. “It was two up-tempo teams that just went up and down the court all game.
“They’re a deep team,” continued Warren, who added the game drew a packed house. “They’ve got a lot of athletes on their team and they can really call on their bench to step up. They’re probably the toughest team on our schedule. We knew it was going to be a challenge.”
Warren said he believed the Bobcats’ last lead came at 4-2, but “it was back-and-forth until the end.”
Komenda hit the first of two free throws with about five seconds left for the final margin. B-G rebounded his miss on the second attempt and pushed the ball upcourt but failed to get a shot off before the buzzer.
Brooks Harmon contributed 18 points for the Bobcats, who received 14 points, six rebounds and six assists from Corbin Palmer.
Both teams lost their top players from last season to graduation as B-G’s Ryan Porter and Unatego’s Travis Woods shared co-Player of the Year honors in the MAC.
“Anybody who thought they wouldn’t be good is crazy,” Warren said. “They lost Woods, but they have a lot back.”
B-G is off until Jan. 4, when it visits Hancock for a MAC game.
Sidney 77, Walton 49
Sidney blew open a close game with a 28-point third quarter en route to a home victory in the MAC.
Mike Cruz and Bill Kozak scored 18 points apiece for Sidney (5-1, 3-0), which received 13 points from Hunter Sowersby and 12 from Brandon Walters.
“We did a better job defensively in the third quarter and we were able to get some fastbreak points to open a little cushion,” said Sidney coach Mike Brazee, whose team held a 33-27 lead at halftime.
Dalton Kaminsky’s 15 points paced Walton (0-6), which was outscored, 28-10, in the third quarter. Kaminsky played his second game since returning from a broken arm during the football season.
Sidney plays Cobleskill-Richmondville in the Cooperstown Holiday Tournament on Dec. 27.
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Justin Hofer scored 13 of his game-high 24 points in the first quarter as Unadilla Valley cruised to a MAC victory at home.
Hofer’s night included four three-pointers, nine rebounds and four blocks. David Dufresne contributed 11 rebounds for the Storm (3-3, 3-0), who jumped to a 19-6 lead after one quarter.
Yelta Feringa led Deposit with 15 points.
Unadilla Valley plays Sherburne-Earlville in the Unadilla Valley Holiday Tournament on Dec. 27.
Delhi 55, Oxford 33
Tom Liddle hit three three-pointers and scored a varsity-high 19 points and Ben Denison contributed 11 as Delhi defeated visiting Oxford the MAC.
Ben Denison contributed 11 points and Brandon Simonds had seven points, five steals and three assists for the Bulldogs (5-2, 2-1), who took a 27-17 lead into halftime.
“It was a great team effort defensively and that seemed to translate to the offensive end,” Delhi coach Warren Kelly said.
Andrew Golden scored a team-high 17 points for Oxford.
Delhi is off until Jan. 4, when it hosts Harpursville.
Davenport 48, Laurens 42
Tournament MVP Kyle Moorby scored a game-high 16 points, leading host Davenport to victory in the championship game of the Lee Fisher Tournament.
All-tournament selection Matthew Finne contributed nine points for the Wildcats, who outscored Laurens, 19-15, in the second half.
Mitchell Barra scored 12 points to lead the Leopards, who received three three-pointers and 11 points from all-tournament selection Ryan Holmes.
Davenport is off until Jan. 7, when it hosts a non-conference game against Delaware League rival South Kortright.
Worcester 59, Jefferson 50
J.T. Horne had 17 points and Devin Adams scored 14 to lead Worcester to a victory in the consolation game of the Lee Fisher Tournament at Davenport.
Anthony Hewitt contributed 10 points for the Wolverines (2-4), who secured the victory with the help of reserve guard Derek Pross. He made 5 of 6 free throws in the fourth quarter, when Worcester outscored the J-Hawks, 18-11.
James Reeves’ game-high 23 points included six three-point field goals. He hit four straight threes during a 19-15 third quarter in favor of the J-Hawks (0-5), who tied the score at 39 but never took the lead.
“He was feeling it,” Worcester coach Jim Kenyon said of all-tournament selection Reeves. “He didn’t score the rest of the game, but he was lighting it up. We scored the first six or seven points of the third quarter and I thought the game was over. Then all of a sudden, he hit four in a row. That’s when I called time out.”
Horne made three threes for Worcester, which got four from all-tournament pick Adams.
The Wolverines are off until Jan. 4, when they host Richfield Springs for a Tri-Valley League game.
Cooperstown 51, Camden 47
Sumer Murdock hit five three-pointers en route to a game-high 27 points as host Cooperstown (6-0, 2-0) outlasted Camden in a non-league game.
Nicole Cring contributed 14 points for the Redskins, who took a 28-20 lead into halftime.
“This was a good early-season game for us,” Cooperstown coach Mike Niles said. “We did not know a lot about them coming into this game, so I’m happy with the outcome.”
Freshman Kiersten Leos scored 25 points to pace Camden.
“For a freshman, she’s a real good player,” Niles said of Leos, who also made five threes. “We had trouble containing her tonight.”
Cooperstown will compete in the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Holiday Tournament on Thursday and Friday. The Redskins open against Holland Patent.
SK 49, Gilboa 33
Tori Rockefeller scored 14 points and Brianna Laing and Kayla Craft had 13 apiece as host South Kortright (7-0, 5-0) cruised to a Delaware League victory.
Laing scored seven points in the first quarter, which ended with the Rams ahead, 21-13.
Craft also grabbed 11 rebounds for the Rams, who received 14 rebounds from Miquela Hanselman.
Brooke Koerner’s 14 points paced the Wildcats.
Defending Section Four Class D champion South Kortright is off until Jan. 4, when it travels to Hunter-Tannersville.
Oxford 39, Delhi 24
Megan Golden scored a game-high 13 points as Oxford won a road game in the MAC.
Golden’s night included four three-pointers.
Kaitln Haynes’ eight points paced the Bulldogs (0-6), who play host Davenport on Thursday in the opening round of the Ray Preston Tournament.
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Jordan Anderson scored 12 of her game-high 22 points in the first quarter and Amanda Off contributed 15 points as Unadilla Valley cruised to a MAC win at home.
The Storm, who held a 22-6 lead after one quarter, play Hancock on Thursday in the opening round of the Unadilla Valley Holiday Tournament.
Harpursville 70, Greene 32
Miranda Drummond hit all three of her threes and scored 15 points in the first quarter, which ended with the host Hornets ahead of their Midstate Athletic Conference rivals, 27-2.
Drummond finished with 20 points for Harpursville (4-0, 3-0), which received 21 points from Savannah Murray and 10 from Esperanza Gutierrez.
Kaitlyn Gorton’s 17 points paced the Trojans, who faced a 38-11 halftime deficit.
The Hornets will host the Harpursville Tournament on Thursday and Friday. They open against Oxford at 2:45 p.m., following the 1 p.m. opener between Afton and Gilbertsville-Mount Upton.
The consolation game is slated for 1 p.m. Friday, with the championship game to follow at 2:45 p.m.