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February 1, 2013

Sidney, South Kortright boys clinch top spots

The Daily Star

---- — 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.

H-T beat South Kortright, 52-50, in last season’s DL crossover. The Rams won three straight DL championship games before last winter’s loss to the Wildcats.

Sidney 56, Harpursville 37

Brandon Walters finished with a game-high 15 points, six rebounds and four assists to lead Sidney to a MAC win at home.

Bill Kozak and Joe Matzel contributed 10 points apiece for the Warriors, who closed with a 17-4 run in the fourth quarter.

Jon Andrews’ 10 points paced the Hornets.

Unatego 61, UV 54

Seniors Phil Youngs and Quinn Barnhart scored 18 and 15 points, respectively, for host Unatego during its MAC win on Senior Night.

Sophomore Tanner Winchester scored 15 points off the bench for the Spartans, which built a 26-15 lead in the first quarter with the help of nine points from Winchester and eight from Youngs.

The Spartans will play a non-league game at Chenango Forks on Monday before opening the MAC 1-4 Tournament at home next Friday.

Unadilla Valley’s Justin Hofer had a game-high 22 points and hit all three of the Storm’s three-pointers.

B-G 68, Delhi 66

Austin Bauerle scored 21 points and grabbed 25 rebounds to lead host Bainbridge-Guilford to an overtime win in the Midstate Athletic Conference.

The Bobcats’ Brooks Harmon hit a three-point field goal with 10 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the score at 58 and send the game into overtime. Harmon finished with eight points and eight rebounds.

In overtime, B-G converted 6 of 8 free throws, compared to Delhi’s 3-for-7 effort.

Corbin Palmer led the Bobcats with 22 points, including three three-pointers, and Lucas Butcher contributed 12 points.

B-G plays a non-leaguer at Windsor today.

Delhi’s Ben Denison scored a game-high 26 points for the Bulldogs, who received 22 points from Brandon Simonds.

SK 75, Gilboa 34

Dylan Cole scored a varsity-high 29 points for South Kortright, which clinched the Delaware Mountain Division with a home win in the Delaware League.

Cole had 20 points in the first half and shot 12-for-16 from the floor overall, helping the Rams to a field goal percentage of 59.

Trevor Holdridge and Griff Metzko each had 11 points for SK, which hosts Bainbridge-Guilford in a non-leaguer Monday. The Rams return to Delaware League play next Friday at home versus Jefferson.

Roxbury 41, H-T 39

Host Roxbury got at game-high 16 points from Dakota Caronia in an upset win over first-place Hunter-Tannersville in the Delaware League.

With four seconds remaining and the score tied at 39, Roxbury’s Nick Hamil missed the front end of a 1-and-1 free throw opportunity. Coronia grabbed the offensive rebound and drove the baseline for a layup to secure the victory.

Eric Shultis contributed nine rebounds for the Rockets (6-8, 6-5), who play at Downsville on Wednesday.

Zach Mudge scored 15 points and Dylan Legg had 12 for H-T, which plays at Stamford on Wednesday. The Wildcats close their season against Windham.

Margaretville 55, Windham 23

Cooper Reither scored a game-high 13 points and Mitch Hull finished with 12 points and nine rebounds to lead host Margaretville to a Delaware League victory.

Kyle Short had 11 points and Matt VanValkenburgh contributed nine assists for the Blue Devils, who took a 37-6 lead into halftime.

David Saunders’ 10 points paced the Warriors (2-11, 2-10).

Margaretville hosts Davenport on Wednesday and closes its league schedule with a home game against Stamford on Feb. 8.

Downsville 47, Jefferson 39

Downsville won on the road in the Delaware League behind a 17-point night from Justin Baxter.

After building a 23-15 halftime lead, the Eagles got 12 their 14 third-quarter points from Baxter – all from three-point range.

Steven Casiola contributed 14 points for Downsville.

James Reves had 12 points and John Quagliano scored 10 for Jefferson, which travels to Gilboa on Tuesday.

Stamford 40, Davenport 30

Matt Anderson scored a game-high 13 points to lead visiting Stamford to a Delaware League win.

Erik Ehrhart and Greg Mattice contributed nine points apiece for the Indians, who outscored Davenport, 20-11, in the second half.

“We self-destructed with turnovers,” said Davenport coach Lee Fisher, whose team fell to 6-10 overall and 5-7 in the DL. “They were mental errors, not anything physical.”

Matthew Finne and Kyle Moorby scored six points apiece to pace the Wildcats, who visit Margaretville on Wednesday.


Cooperstown 58, Waterville 38

Liz Millea scored a game-high 14 points as Cooperstown clinched a share of the Center State Conference Division III title with a home win.

Nicole Cring had 12 points, six rebounds, three blocks and three steals for the Redskins, which led by 27 points in the fourth quarter.

“I think Nicole, Sumer (Murdock) and Lexi (Bloomfield) have been playing against the Waterville 2-3 defense for three years now and they know how to play against it,” said Cooperstown coach Mike Niles, whose team beat second-place Waterville (9-6, 6-2) for the second time in one week. “I think we match up really well with their shooters. Our three perimeter defenders were able to keep their kids under wraps.”

Stephanie Yoxall led the Indians with 12 points on four three-pointers, and Hannah Gray scored 10 points.

Murdock scored 10 points for Cooperstown (14-2, 8-0), which is at Hamilton on Tuesday.


at Twentieth Century Lanes

Bryant Gray’s 570 series included a match-high 204 game as Sidney rolled to a 4-0 boys victory at home.

Tyler Boice contributed a 201 for the Warriors, who will compete in the MAC Championships on Tuesday at Sunset Lanes in Kirkwood.

Madisyn Cutting had a 198 game in her 522 series, leading Sidney’s girls to a 3-1 win.