Sawyer Haney scored his varsity high of 18 points to lead Cooperstown’s boys to a 54-39 Center State Conference basketball victory over visiting Westmoreland on Monday.
“He just went to the basket really well, and he got some steals in the open floor for layups,” Redskins coach Dave Bertram said of Haney. “He also guarded their best player (John Gerace) and he did an excellent job. (Gerace) had been getting about 15 a game and he only had three.”
Twelve of Haney’s points came in the first half as Cooperstown built a 32-19 lead.
When the teams met in late December, Ethan Bliss scored his season high of 34 points and made nine three-pointers in a Redskins blowout. This time, Westmoreland opened in a box-and-one on Bliss, who finished with 13 points and three threes.
“Jordan Manikas stepped up and Jack Donnelly did a nice job coming off the bench,” Bertram said. “You have to have that (balance), especially when they’re going to key on one guy. If not, you’ll lose. Collectively, we played really well.”
Donnelly and Manikas scored nine and seven points, respectively, for Cooperstown (6-5, 4-3), which will play Cobleskill-Richmondville in the consolation of the Dick White Tournament at 6 p.m. Saturday at Cooperstown.
Tyler Taverne had 15 points to lead Westmoreland.
Mohawk 70, Edmeston 39
Freshman Clayton Lyon scored his varsity high of 10 points, but visiting Cooperstown was no match for Mohawk in the championship game of the Ray Clement Tournament.
The tournament started two weeks ago at Morris. Snow forced the postponement of the championship game, so Edmeston and Mohawk agreed to play the final at Mohawk.
“They’re big, quick and good,” Edmeston coach Darren Belden said. “We were just a step behind and in foul trouble.”
Carson Murphy and Kainan McCarthy scored 26 and 19 points, respectively, to lead Mohawk. Both players are around 6-foot-4 and each scored 10 points in the opening quarter as Mohawk took a 29-10 lead.
Murphy had 18 by halftime as Mohawk’s lead grew to 46-17.
Brandon Fallon contributed eight points for the Panthers (3-8), who will travel to Gilbertsville-Mount Upton on Wednesday.