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.