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January 19, 2013

Morris boys top Milford in 2 OTs

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Levi Decker scored nine of his game-high 27 points in overtime as Morris handed Milford its first league loss, 68-61, in double overtime Friday in a Tri-Valley League boys basketball game.

“Morris’ senior composure, especially at the foul line, was commendable,” Milford coach Frank Spurchise said. “They hit 10 of 13 free throws in the two overtimes, including Decker going 7-for-8. That was a big part of them winning.”

Peyton Griffiths was fouled shooting a three-pointer with 1.8 seconds left in regulation. He went 2-for-3 from the line to tie the score at 50. Griffiths fouled out in the first minute of the first overtime.

“Peyton fouling out hurt us for sure,” Spurchise said.

Milford’s Will Ward hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer at the end of the first overtime to tie it at 57.

“I’m just extremely proud of the effort my team had tonight,” Spurchise said. “It was a great game.”

Ward led Milford with 18 points, including four three-pointers. He also had six assists and six rebounds. Griffiths scored 11 points.

Mike Deluca scored 17 points and Skylar Maricle contributed 10 points for Morris.

Milford (9-3, 7-1) is at Cherry Valley-Springfield on Friday.

RS 54, CV-S 38

Lucas VanRiper and Keegan Wheelock-Tanner scored 18 and 11 points, respectively, to lead Richfield Springs to a home win in the Tri-Valley League.

The Indians led, 23-3, after one quarter.

Cherry Valley-Springfield played without leading scorers Kyle Jaquay and Isiah Montgomery. Wyatt Crowley had 12 points to lead the Patriots.

RS (9-2, 6-2) will host Laurens on Friday.

Laurens 61, Schenevus 41

Pheonix Howard and Ryan Holmes had 12 points apiece to lead a Laurens that saw seven players score at least four points in a Tri-Valley League win at home.

Included in that list was Franco Merici, a foreign exchange student from Brazil, who scored his first six points of the season.

“Offenisvely, we’re playing a little better,” Laurens coach Andy Carr said. “We’re running the floor better. The last four games, our offense has come from our defense.”

David Fraser had eight points and 14 rebounds, and Mitchell Barra contributed 10 rebounds for the Leopards (7-5, 5-3), who led, 35-16, at halftime. Howard scored 11 points in the first half with eight of those points coming off of steals.

Robert Burton scored a game-high 26 points for Schenevus. He hit five of his six three-pointers in the second half.

Laurens will travel to Richfield Springs on Friday.

Oxford 48, UV 47

Andrew Golden capped a 31-point night by hitting a driving layup with 6.5 seconds left as visiting Oxford won in the Tri-Valley League.

Golden secured a long rebound before making an aggressive drive into the lane.

“He muscled his way to the basket,” UV coach Matt Osborne said of Golden’s go-ahead basket.

On UV’s last possession, Justin Hofer drove the lane and collided with Golden. There was no foul but the ball went out of bounds off of Oxford with 1.7 seconds. The Storm lobbed the ball into Hofer, whose tip went off the glass and off the front of the rim and out as time expired.

Hofer, who scored 31 points and surpassed 1,000 points as a varsity player in UV’s 62-43 win at Harpursville on Thursday, finished five points on 2-for-14 shooting from the field.

“They played a 3-2 zone and always had one guy concentrating on Justin,” Osborne said. “He did not shoot the ball well and he had some open looks.”

Golden scored 17 points after halftime.

Nate Shackelton had 10 points to lead the Storm (7-6, 6-2), who will travel to Greene on Friday.

Sidney 61, Unatego 48

Seven Sidney players scored at least five points and the Warriors rode a 32-point first half to win in a matchup of Midstate Athletic Conference unbeatens.

Billy Kozak and Joe Matzel had 14 and 12 points, respectively, for Sidney, which is the last unbeaten in the MAC.

Kozak had eight points in the first half as the Warriors opened a 32-24 lead at halftime.

“They went on a little bit of a run just before halftime,” Unatego coach Jim Knight said. “I still thought we were OK at that point. We needed a big third quarter. We needed to get stops and we just didn’t. Hat’s off to Sidney. They’re a good team and they played well.”

Matzel scored eight points in the third quarter, when Sidney outscored the Spartans, 17-11.

Brandon Walters, Hunter Sowersby and Damian Zimmer scored eight points apiece for Sidney.

Tyler Butler had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Quinn Barnhart contributed 16 points for Unatego (6-4, 5-1), which will travel to Deposit on Tuesday.

Walton 59, Delhi 52, OT

Dalton Kaminsky scored a game-high 24 points to lead visiting Walton to a Midstate Athletic Conference victory in overtime.

“They’re on a roll right now,” Delhi coach Warren Kelly said of the Warriors, who made 10 three-pointers for their third straight victory. “They’ve made 28 threes in the last three games and they’ve won all three. It revolves around Kaminsky.”

Kaminsky, who missed the early part of the season because of a football injury, was absent when Delhi beat Walton, 62-45, on Dec. 11.

“He didn’t play the first time and we won by 17 points,” Kelly said, adding that he didn’t have rebounding statistics for Kaminsky but he was sure the Walton quarterback finished with a double-double. “He facilitates so much for them and tonight, he did that again.”

Eric Zimmerman and Colin Adam contributed 13 points apiece for the Warriors, who won with an 11-4 run in overtime. Zimmerman, Adam and Kaminsky hit three three-pointers apiece for Walton, which got another one from Trevor Zandt (nine points).

Brandon Simonds and Ben Denison scored 19 points apiece to lead the Bulldogs (6-6, 3-5), who went 6-for-14 from the foul line.

“We were 4-for-12 from the line in regulation,” Kelly said. “We shoot better at the line and it doesn’t go to overtime.”

Connor Tucker contributed 11 points for Delhi, which is at Davenport on Wednesday.

Greene 71, B-G 59

Austin Bauerle finished with 27 points and 16 rebounds, but visiting Bainbridge-Guilford fell in the Midstate Athletic Conference.

Corbin Palmer contributed 19 points for the Bobcats (7-3, 4-3), who matched the Trojans with seven three-pointers but were outscored, 45-34, in the second half.

Zach Wentlent scored a game-high 31 points for the Trojans, who received 12 points from Dan Treadwell.

Edmeston 43, Franklin 27

Brandon Fallon’s double-double featured a season-best 13 rebounds and 10 points as Edmeston cruised to a Tri-Valley League victory at home.

“He was big on the boards for us tonight,” Edmeston coach Darren Belden said. “We’ve been on a losing skid lately, so this was a much-needed win for us.”

Logan Vibbard also had 10 points for the Panthers (4-8, 3-5), who outscored Franklin, 20-9, in the second half.

Alex Brownell’s nine points paced the Purple Devils.

Edmeston hosts Morris next Friday.

Worcester 56, G-MU 43

Worcester used balance to offset a varsity-best 25 points from Jason Barrows in a Tri-Valley League road victory.

J.T. Horne’s 12 points paced the Wolverines, who received 10 from Anthony Hewitt and at least two from each of the other seven who played.

“It was the best game I’ve ever seen (Barrows) play,” G-MU coach Rick Mohrien said. “They just had a lot more balance than we did.”

Barrows also went 9-for-9 from the foul line and had five steals for the Raiders (0-10, 0-7), who play Downsville in the consolation game of the Downsville Tournament at 5 p.m. Saturday.