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February 1, 2013

Sidney, South Kortright boys clinch top spots

Staff Report

Sidney and South Kortright know exactly where they stand after winning key boys basketball games Thursday night.

Hunter-Tannersville, Margaretville and Stamford? Not so much.

Sidney clinched the No. 1 seed for the Midstate Athletic Conference 1-4 Tournament with a 56-37 rout of visiting Harpursville. The Warriors improved to 14-1 overall and 10-0 in the MAC with one league game remaining – Monday against visiting Deposit. Their victory Thursday closed out Unatego (11-4, 10-1), which beat Unadilla Valley, 61-54, in its MAC finale Thursday.

Bainbridge-Guilford coach Greg Warren said Sidney will be the No. 1 seed regardless of what happens against Deposit on Monday because the tiebreaker is head-to-head competition and the Warriors beat Unatego earlier this season. The Spartans will enter the MAC 1-4 Tournament as the No. 2 seed.

Sidney coach Mike Brazee said a few MAC teams are still in the race for the third and fourth seeds. Sidney and Unatego will host tournament semifinals, with the winners of those games advancing to the MAC championship Feb. 16 at Oneonta State.

Unatego beat Sidney, 43-39, in the MAC final last season. Sidney won the 2011 MAC title with a 48-36 defeat of Unatego.

South Kortright (12-3, 9-3) won its fifth straight Delaware Mountain Division title in the Delaware League with a 75-34 victory over Gilboa. The Rams advanced to the Feb. 15 crossover against the Upper Division champion, which will be determined next week. That’s because Hunter-Tannersville, Margaretville and Stamford all moved to 9-2 in league play Thursday night.

Stamford (12-3) topped Davenport, 40-30, and Margaretville (13-2) cruised past Windham, 55-23. Hunter-Tannersville (12-3) entered Thursday with a one-game lead on Stamford and Margaretville but lost, 41-39, to Roxbury. That resulted in a three-way tie for the top spot in the Upper Delaware Division. Each of the front-runners has two Delaware League games left.

“It’s going to be a fun week,” Margaretville coach Jeremey Marks said.

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