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February 5, 2013

Unatego boys rout Forks

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Quinn Barnhart had 19 points and seven rebounds to lead Unatego’s boys to a 67-51 non-league basketball victory at Southern Tier Athletic Conference member Chenango Forks on Monday.

“Our defensive pressure got to them,” Unatego coach Jim Knight said. “We got a lot of steals off their turnovers. We got a lot going in transition tonight.”

Barnhart and Kellen Komenda (15 points) had nine points apiece in the second half when Unatego outscored the Blue Devils, 36-26.

Of Barnhart’s play, Knight said: “He played real well tonight. He’s pretty much undersized every night, but he’s a tough kid.”

Tanner Winchester’s 14-point night included a 7-for-10 showing from the free throw line. The Spartans outscored Forks, 21-6, from the free throw line.

“I think our speed had a lot to do with that,” Knight said of his team’s 32 free throw attempts. “We didn’t shoot a whole lot from the perimeter. We went to the basket and ended up at the free throw line.”

Unatego (12-4) will host Greene in a Midstate Athletic Conference semifinal Friday. The second-seeded Spartans beat the third-seeded Trojans by 15 points during the regular season.

Chenango Forks, which beat Oneonta High, 64-55, on Dec. 18, received 14 points from C.J. Melvin.

Sidney 76, Deposit 25

The host Warriors placed five players in double figures and completed an 11-0 run through Midstate Athletic Conference opponents with a home victory.

Brandon Walters had 16 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. He scored eight points in the first quarter as Sidney took a 20-6 lead.

Damian Zimmer had 15 points, one more than Mike Cruz. Mike Ward and Bill Kozak contributed 12 and 10, respectively, for the Warriors (15-1), who have won 15 straight games.

Sidney is the top seed for the MAC tournament. The Warriors will host fourth-seeded Oxford on Friday. The other semifinal will have third-seeded Greene traveling to No. 2 Unatego on Friday.

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