The Daily Star
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Tournament MVP Hunter Sowersby had a big first quarter and Sidney’s boys held their 11th straight basketball opponent to fewer than 50 points in winning the title game of the Dick White Tournament, 61-45, Saturday at Cooperstown.
Sowersby scored 11 of his game-high 18 points as Sidney took a 22-10 lead after one quarter.
“If we’re trapping and he’s out front, he’s the guys we’re going to look to if we get steals,” Sidney coach Mike Brazee said of Sowersby’s success.
All-tournament selection Brandon Walters contributed 12 points, including 6-for-6 from the free throw line, nine rebounds, eight assists and three steals for the Warriors (11-1), who are unbeaten since a season-opening loss to Utica Notre Dame.
Of Walters’ assists, Brazee said: “They were playing a 3-2 zone and late in the fourth quarter and we put him in the high post. He can score from there, but he was finding other people.”
Damian Zimmer contributed 10 points for Sidney.
“We felt the potential was there,” Brazee said of his team’s start to the season. “Zimmer had the football injury and he was out until this tournament started in December. He was our leading scorer and second-leading rebounder last year. Everyone else was basically back and we had a pretty good record last year when we made it to the sectional semifinals.
“We’re starting to get there,” he continued. “We’re playing really good defense.”
The Warriors will host Bainbridge-Guilford on Friday.
Cooperstown 58, Cobleskill 37
Sawyer Haney scored a game-high 18 points as host Cooperstown won the consolation game of the Dick White Tournament.
“We got some scoring from a couple guys that don’t always score big for us,” Cooperstown coach Dave Bertram said. “Sawyer had a nice game getting some layups and getting points in transition. Jordan Manikas did a nice job getting points for us as well.”
Manikas scored seven points. Ethan Bliss, who made the All-Tournament team, contributed 14 points.
Billy Romaine scored 11 points to lead Cobleskill.
Cooperstown (7-5, 5-3) hosts Frankfort-Schuyler on Tuesday.
Margaretville 49, Roscoe 40
Kyle Short had three of his five three-point baskets in the third quarter to lead Margaretville to the title in the Downsville Tournament.
Roscoe led, 26-22, at halftime, but the Blue Devils went on a 20-6 run in the third quarter.
“I thought we came out in the third quarter with a lot of energy defensively,” Margaretville coach Jeremey Marks said. “We just turned up the pressure more and created turnovers. We got stops. We got out and ran a little bit, and our offense started flowing.”
Tournament MVP Mitch Hull, who grabbed 10 rebounds, scored five of his 15 points in the third quarter. Cooper Reither also had a three-point basket in the quarter.
Short, who made the all-tournament team, scored 15 points on five three-pointers. He also had five assists.
“He’s definitely a threat from outside,” Marks said, “but that’s the shots he was getting. They were clogging the middle trying to shut down Mitch and Ryan (Sanford). Kyle moved well without the ball and our guys found him.”
Sanford scored nine points and had 12 rebounds. He also made the all-tournament team along with Rob Taurino and Brad Dreher from Roscoe and Justin Baxter from Downsville.
Taurino led all scorers with 19 points for Roscoe, which received 15 points from Marc Rosario.
Margaretville (11-1, 7-1) will host Jefferson on Friday.
Downsville 43, G-MU 20
Karl Odell scored a game-high 12 points as the host school won the consolation game of the Downsville Tournament.
Justin Baxter, who made the all-tournament team, scored 11 points for the Eagles.
Jason Barrows scored eight points to lead Gilbertsville-Mount Upton (0-11, 0-7), which will play at Schenevus on Friday.
Stamford 47, Davenport 38
Geoff Mattice scored 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter to help host Stamford seal its Delaware League victory.
“He’s not a real big kid, but he’s a strong kid,” Stamford coach Greg O’Connell said of Mattice, who also had 15 rebounds and made 6 of 7 shots from the floor. “He’s only about 6 feet, but he has a nice soft shot and we were able to isolate a couple of things for him.”
Matt Anderson contributed a game-high 19 points for the Indians, who outscored Davenport, 24-15, in the second half. Anderson went 7-for-13 from the field.
Erik Ehrhart contributed seven points and seven assists for Stamford.
“He’s so important to what we do,” O’Connell said of Ehrhart. “He just has a calming effect on this team. He’s a floor general and a lot of things he does you won’t see in the box score.”
Stamford (10-3, 8-2) will travel to Roxbury on Friday.
Afton 52, Harpursville 49
Rick Parsons hit three three-pointers en route to a game-high 21 points to lead visiting Afton to a Midstate Athletic Conference victory.
Kyle Hinman contributed nine points for the Crimson Knights, who rallied from a 21-5 deficit in the first quarter to pull to 31-25 by halftime.
Devon Dean’s 16 points paced Harpursville, which received 13 from Justin Koranka.
Section Four Meet
Sidney’s Matt Fischer and Pedro Aparicio of Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton finished 1-2, respectively, in the junior-senior shot put during Friday’s Section Four Age-Group Meet at Ithaca College.
Fischer’s best put measured 44 feet, .75 inches farther than Aparicio’s top distance.
Ben Gollin placed second in the 600 (1:27.31) for Oneonta High, which received a second from Aaron Murphy in the triple jump (41-6).
Gollin also ran a 2-minute 800 to help the Yellowjackets place fifth in the sprint medley relay in a school record time of 3:46.06. Gollin followed Jon Vega, Scott Conrade and Mat Robinson.
Walton’s Kim Kehr paced area girls with a victory in the 300 (45.44).
Sidney’s Samantha Mullineaux placed second in the shot put (31-11.75), as did the OHS 800 relay team of Shelby Cleaveland, Jennifer Jelic, Alexandra Sakoulas and Mary Buzzanca. They finished in 1:53.52 to break their school record by .4 seconds.
Two B-G/A girls won freshman-sophomore events as Julia Knapp took first in the 55 hurdles (8.90) and Amanda Greenwood earned a victory in the 300 (44.60).
JC 50, Sidney 24
Chase Northrop and Austin Dean earned victories by pinfall, but Sidney lost its quarterfinal in the Section Four Duals at Chenango Forks.
Northrop pinned Tom Reed in 2:53 at 113 pounds and Dean ended his 285-pound match against Nikola Cejic in 43 seconds.
The Warriors also received victories from Derek Northop (forfeit at 132) and Kai Sabada (injury default win at 182).
Johnson City went on to win the team title, following a 42-27 semifinal defeat of Vestal with a 40-36 championship triumph over Union-Endicott.
NV 42, Unatego 33
Kevin Thayer earned his 100th varsity win Friday, but Unatego lost in the first round of the Section Four Duals at Newark Valley.
Thayer won a 7-5 decision over Vinnie Darpino at 152 pounds, marking his 20th triumph of the season.
Lucas DeJoy (138), Codie Nichols (145), Ryan Marszal (170), Riley Hanrahan (182) and Bradey Bean (285) also won for Unatego, which lost two of the last three matches by forfeit.
The Spartans host Whitney Point on Wednesday.
Walton’s Mike Beers won the 182-pound final by pin to become the only area champion at the Marathon Tournament.
Beers pinned Liberty’s Andrew Martinez in 1:38 for the Warriors, who finished with 73 points to place eighth in the 21-team tournament. Teammate Dylan Wood contributed a runner-up finish at 113, losing a 6-2 decision to Maine-Endwell’s Kobe Garrehy in the final.
Maine-Endwell won the team title with 201.5 points, followed by Immaculate Heart Central (113.5) and Delhi (105). The Bulldogs received second-place finishes from Mike Bryden (pinned in 4:46 at 106 pounds), Trey Mostert (8-0 loss at 138), and Mike Neuman (6-2 loss at 160).
Cooperstown 3, Waterville 2
Katie Booan had 33 assists to help host Cooperstown rally for a Center State Conference victory Friday night.
Brooke Liner contributed 14 kills, McKenna Hage had 11 and Christina Grigoli finished with nine for the Redskins, who won, 15-25, 25-7, 16-25, 26-24, 25-17.
Erin Hascup’s 21 digs also helped Cooperstown improve to 7-3 overall and 3-3 in the CSC.
Alexis Stetson’s 15 kills paced Waterville (7-5), which received 11 kills apiece from Miranda Stockbridge and Alicia Barnes.