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January 25, 2014

Edmeston, Milford boys clinch division titles

Staff Report

Three players scored in double figures and unbeaten Edmeston scored 22 points or better in each of the first three quarters en route to an 87-26 boys basketball victory over visiting Gilbertsville-Mount Upton that clinched the West Division of the Tri-Valley League on Friday.

Logan Vibbard had 10 of his game-high 24 points and Nick DeVries scored all six of his points as Edmeston took a 22-7 lead after one quarter.

“We forced quite a few steals in the first half and that led to a lot of fastbreak buckets,” Edmeston coach Darren Belden said.

The Panthers (15-0, 11-0) will play East Division winner Milford in the Tri-Valley League crossover final Feb. 15 at Oneonta State.

Edmeston beat Milford, 64-57, last Friday.

The Panthers returned four starters off of last year’s team that lost, 60-46, to Marathon in a sectional semifinal last season. Marathon went on to win the sectional title.

“We had kids play on an AAU team and they played in a summer league in Cooperstown, too,” Edmeston coach Darren Belden said of his team’s improvement from last season. “Since I’ve been coaching, I’ve stressed we need to play together more and it has definitely helped us out. They’re just a great bunch of kids to coach.”

Linton Wainright scored 17 points and Eli Madison contributed 10 for the Panthers, who led, 47-13, at halftime.

Nathaniel O’Hara scored 14 points for Gilbertsville-Mount Upton.

Milford 50, Worcester 29

Peyton Griffiths finished with a game-high 15 points and five steals to help Milford to a Tri-Valley League victory that clinched the East Division title for the Wildcats.

Jacob Tabor contributed nine points and Eli Rutledge grabbed eight rebounds for Milford (14-1, 10-1), who will face West Division winner Edmeston (15-0, 11-0) in the T-V championship game Feb. 15 at Oneonta State.

Edmeston beat Milford, 64-57, last Friday in their only regular-season meeting. The Wildcats clinched with two league games left as Worcester and Cherry Valley-Springfield are tied for second in the East Division with 6-4 T-V records.

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