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January 25, 2014

Edmeston, Milford boys clinch division titles

The Daily Star

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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.

George Clements’ 10 points paced Worcester, which was outscored, 25-0, in the second quarter and faced a 32-2 deficit at halftime.

Milford is off until Feb. 4, when it hosts Richfield Springs.

CV-S 52, RS 46

Dustin Collins finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead host Cherry Valley-Springfield to a Tri-Valley League win.

Wyatt Crowley contributed 15 points and eight rebounds for the Patriots (8-6, 6-4), who rallied from a 12-3 deficit after one quarter.

“We were down early and we were losing the whole game until the fourth quarter,” CV-S coach Terry Brandt said. “They were up, 44-40, but we made a run and went up, 48-46, with 5 seconds left.”

The Indians were then hit with a technical after Crowley drew a foul for a 1-and-1 opportunity. Crowley made all four shots for the final margin.

Tommy Worobey’s 15 points paced the Indians, who received 14 from Roman Hula.

Brandt said the meeting marked a Coaches vs. Cancer game that raised $2,675 to support cancer research.

“It was a tremendous turnout for the community,” said Brandt, whose team visits Worcester on Wednesday.

Franklin 50, Morris 37

Derek Beers scored 13 of his game-high 19 points during a 20-7 second-quarter spurt that helped host Franklin to a Tri-Valley League victory.

Franklin led, 33-21, at halftime.

Billy Davis scored his varsity high of 17 points for the Purple Devils. Davis, a 6-foot-3 junior, scored 11 points in the second half.

Franklin (5-7, 4-6) will travel to Laurens on Wednesday.

Cameron Hill and Mike Murphy had 10 points apiece for Morris.

Laurens 49, Schenevus 39

Edwin Rivera scored a game-high 21 points, including three three-pointers, to lead visiting Laurens to a Tri-Valley League win.

Rivera had 11 points in the fourth quarter as the Leopards outscored the Dragons, 18-7.

Mitchell Barra contributed 10 points for Laurens, which will visit Edmeston on Jan 31.

Robert Burton hit four three-pointers and scored a team-best 16 points for Schenevus (1-11, 0-11), which received 10 points from Jacob Darling.

The Dragons will host Cherry Valley-Springfield on Jan. 31 for their Senior Night.

Delhi 69, Deposit 63

Michael Staples scored a game-high 24 points to lead host Delhi to an overtime victory in the Midstate Athletic Conference.

Staples, who had eight rebounds, forced overtime by hitting a mid-range jumper with four seconds left in regulation. He also went 6-for-8 from the free throw line in overtime.

Alex Specht had 16 points for the Bulldogs (7-6), who will travel to Harpursville on Monday.

Matt Mills had 18 points for the Lumberjacks.

Afton 59, Oxford 47

Darien Heath scored of 11 of his 14 points in overtime to lead host Afton in the Midstate Athletic Conference.

Heath hit a three-pointer, two two-pointers and three free throws as the Crimson Knights outscored Oxford, 15-3, in the extra session.

Afton needed an 18-10 run in the fourth quarter to force overtime. Joe Shearer hit three three-pointers in the fourth quarter to lead the rally.

Afton coach Dick Winans said James Westfall’s defense on Kevin Davis was key for his team. Westfall held Davis to two points while scoring 17 points.

The Crimson Knights (7-7, 4-6) will travel to Unatego on Tuesday.

Cameron Heggie had 20 points for Oxford.

VOLLEYBALLCooperstown 3, F-S 1

Caroline Leonard had 10 kills and five aces to lead visiting Cooperstown to a Center State Conference victory.

McKenna Hage contributed nine kills for the Hawkeyes (11-2, 5-1), who received 14 assists from Katie Franck and 13 from Kristen Ratliff.

Cooperstown will host Central Valley, Stockbridge, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill and Waterville in a tournament Saturday. The Hawkeyes close the regular season with three home matches, facing Herkimer on Monday, Frankfort-Schuyler on Wednesday and Hamilton next Saturday.

WRESTLINGBGAH 41, Windsor 31

Shane Curtin pinned Nate Flora with 25 seconds left in their 285-pound match to seal Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton/Harpursville’s victory in a first-round match of the Section Four Dual Meet Tournament at Harpursville.

Back-to-back pins by Madison Hoover and Jamie Griswold at 152 and 160, respectively, gave BGAH a 35-10 lead. Windsor responded with a decision, a pin and two forfeits over the next four weight classes to pull to four points.

Chris Cirigliano (106) and Josh Lindsey (113) won by technical fall and pin, respectively, for sixth-seeded BGAH, which will oppose third-seeded Johnson City at 9 a.m. Saturday in a quarterfinal match at Chenango Forks.