Zach Mudge’s game-high 28 points included 7-for-8 accuracy from the free throw line in the fourth quarter as host Hunter-Tannersville defeated Margaretville, 44-35, in a matchup of Delaware League Upper Division boys basketball powers Tuesday.
Both teams came into the night with one league loss. The Wildcats avenged a 66-60 loss to the Blue Devils earlier in the season.
H-T (12-2, 9-1) led by eight entering the final quarter, but a three-pointer by Matt VanValkenburg cut Margaretville’s deficit to 35-33.
Wildcats coach Chris Glennon then said his team responded with a putback and then spread the floor thereafter. Margaretville was forced to foul Mudge, who put the game away at the free throw line.
After the teams played a 9-9 standoff in the second quarter, Mudge scored 11 points as H-T outscored the Blue Devils, 15-4, in the second quarter.
“He hit a couple of threes, but he was also driving to the hole,” Glennon said of Mudge.
Another key, Glennon said, was his team’s box-and-one defense on Kyle Short. In the earlier meeting, Short hit six three-pointers and finished with 23 points.
This time, with Jordan Radcliffe chasing, Short was held to three points.
“We were welcoming someone else beating us,” Glennon said.
VanValkenburg finished with 12 points for Margaretville (12-2, 8-2).
H-T will travel to Roxbury on Thursday.
Edmeston 51, Franklin 34
Brandon Fallon scored eight of his 12 points in the final quarter, when visiting Edmeston pulled away for a Tri-Valley League victory.
Logan Vibbard contributed a game-high 14 points for the Panthers, who outscored the Purple Devils, 13-4, in the final quarter.
Derek Beers had 12 points to lead Franklin (2-9, 1-9), which will travel to Morris on Friday.
SK 70, Downsville 38
Anthony Salcido hit all three of his three-pointers and scored 11 of his 15 points before halftime in helping South Kortright to a Delaware League road victory.
The Rams (11-3, 8-3) led, 38-25, at halftime and then outscored the Eagles, 20-2, in the third quarter.
Dylan Cole scored a team-high 16 points. Trevor Holdridge and Randy Post contributed 11 and 10, respectively, for SK.
Justin Baxter had 16 points to lead the Eagles (3-11, 2-10), who will travel to Jefferson on Thursday.
Morris 75, G-MU 27
Levi Decker and Mike DeLuca combined to score 20 first-quarter points as visiting Morris bolted to a 15-point lead en route to a Tri-Valley League win.
Decker scored nine of his game-high 21 points and DeLuca had 11 of his 18 points over the opening eight minutes.
Cody Myers contributed 15 points for the Mustangs (13-1).
Tim French had eight points for Gilbertsville-Mount Upton (0-13, 0-9), which will travel to Laurens on Friday.
Milford 47, Schenevus 31
Peyton Griffiths had 11 points, nine rebounds and eight assists to lead host Milford in the Tri-Valley League.
Will Ward scored five of his team-high 14 points in the first quarter as Milford opened an 11-1 lead.
“We did a great job defensively,” Wildcats coach Frank Spurchise said. “We did a good job on (Robert) Burton and Weinert. They’re good players, so you’re not going to shut them down, but I was pleased with our defense on them.”
Weinert had 14 points and Burton finished with 11.
Milford (10-3, 9-1), which received nine points from Elijah Coley, will host Cherry Valley-Springfield on Wednesday.
UV 73, B-G 59
Senior Justin Hofer tied his varsity high of 36 points as host Unadilla Valley won in the Midstate Athletic Conference.
Hofer hit two of his five three-pointers and scored 13 points in the opening quarter as the Storm took a 23-7 lead. Bainbridge-Guilford, led by Austin Bauerle’s 27 points, never got closer than 10 thereafter.
“He shot the ball well from three,” UV coach Matt Osborne said of Hofer, who also scored 36 in a game last season against Walton. “In the second half, he started to drive to the middle of the lane and hit mid-range jumpers.”
Kurt Haycook and David Dufresne had eight points apiece for the Storm (8-7, 7-3), who will travel to Unatego on Thursday.
Corbin Palmer contributed 14 points for the Bobcats.
Richfield Springs 81, Worcester 52
Joseph Kelly had a game-high 26 points, including three three-pointers, to lead Richfield Springs to a home victory in the Tri-Valley League.
Steven Holland contributed 14 points in the victory.
Jordan Wood led Worcester with 22 points, including three three-pointers.
The Indians (11-2, 8-2) will travel to Cherry Valley-Springfield on Friday.
Roxbury 38, Jefferson 23
Roxbury jumped to a 13-0 lead after one quarter and cruised to a road victory in the Delaware League.
Dakota Caronia and Eric Shultis each had 10 points to lead the Rockets.
Nicholas Starheim had six points to lead Jefferson, which will host Downsville on Senior Night on Thursday.
Unatego 66, Afton 32
Unatego built a 45-19 first half lead en route to a road victory in the Mid-State Athletic Conference.
Kellen Komenda scored a game-high 21 points, including three three-pointers, and Tanner Winchester contributed 17 points for the Spartans.
Mitch Decker had nine points, one more than teammate Joe Shearer, to lead Afton (3-12), which will travel to Deposit on Friday.
Davenport 50, Windham 26
Josh Davi scored a game-high 15 points, including three three-pointers as visiting Davenport won in the Delaware League.
Kyle Moorby contributed nine points and Matthew Finne hit two threes for Davenport.
Tom Pelham’s nine points paced Windham (2-10, 2-9), which will host Stamford on Thursday.
Greene 52, Delhi 45
Ben Denison hit six three-pointers and scored a game-high 22 points but host Delhi lost in the Midstate Athletic Conference.
“Our half-court defense wasn’t too bad,” Delhi coach Warren Kelly said.
Zach Wentlent paced Greene with 15 points, including two three pointers. Teammate Joe Beckwith hit three threes in a 10-point night.
“It was a great game” said Kelly, whose team received 12 points and three steals from Brandon Simonds. “We just couldn’t convert at the end.”
The Bulldogs (4-6 in the MAC) will travel to Bainbridge Guilford on Thursday.