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March 2, 2013

Strong first half leads Delhi men to Region III semi

Staff Report

Sean Scott had 14 points and nine rebounds Friday to lead second-seeded SUNY Delhi to a 63-50 men’s basketball victory over visiting North Country Community College in a Region III Tournament quarterfinal.

Stefan Bock contributed 10 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the Broncos (27-4), who advanced to a regional semifinal at 1 p.m. Saturday against sixth-seeded Hudson Valley CC (20-11).

Delhi quickly fell into a 15-9 hole about 10 minutes into the quarterfinal but closed the first half on a 27-8 run for a 36-23 lead at the break.

“We played tremendous defense,” Delhi coach Rob Schoener said of what sparked the Broncos’ first-half run. “We did a great job defensively and on the glass. Our lead was pretty comfortable the entire second half. They didn’t get within double digits in the second half.”

The Broncos finished with a 41-30 advantage in rebounds and caused 22 turnovers, with 14 coming on steals.

Steve Carder had a game-high 29 points and nine rebounds for seventh-seeded North Country (17-12), which received 10 points from Michael Boyea.

Top-seeded Herkimer County CC (28-3) will play fourth-seeded Mohawk Valley CC (20-10) at 3 p.m. Saturday in the other semifinal at Delhi.

Saturday’s winners will advance to the Region III title game at 1 p.m. Sunday at Delhi. The Region III champion receives an automatic berth to the NJCAA Division III Tournament, which runs March 14-16 at Sullivan CC.

Delhi is ranked eighth among NJCAA D-III programs, two spots behind Herkimer. Hudson Valley, which upset third-seeded Tompkins Cortland CC, 60-51, and Mohawk Valley are not ranked.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Onondaga 89, Delhi 59

Yaya Soto scored 20 points, but seventh-seeded Delhi closed its season with a quarterfinal loss to No. 2 Onondaga CC in the Region III Tournament at Mohawk Valley.

Delhi coach Amber Devantier said Soto earned first-team honors from the Mountain Valley Conference and third-team accolades from the region for the Broncos, who finished at 14-15.

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