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February 2, 2013

Buzzer-beater sinks CV-S boys

The Daily Star

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Keegan Wheelock-Tanner made his second basket count in a big way Friday night.

Wheelock-Tanner’s layup fell through at the buzzer as Richfield Springs escaped with a 55-54 Tri-Valley League boys basketball victory at Cherry Valley-Springfield.

“Keegan got the ball on the wing, drove to the hoop and made a left-side, backhanded layup,” said CV-S coach Terry Brant, whose team rallied from a 27-16 halftime deficit to take the lead in the fourth quarter. “It rolled around the rim and went in at the buzzer. The buzzer was going off as the ball went in.”

The shot capped a five-point night for Wheelock-Tanner, who also went 1-for-2 at the foul line. Joseph Kelly scored a game-high 21 points and Steven Holland had 11 for the Indians.

Kyle Jaquay finished with 18 points and eight rebounds for the Patriots (8-6, 5-5), who got 10 points from Wyatt Crowley, 11 rebounds from Ethan Drugatz and three threes from Jake Ostrander.

CV-S is at Milford on Wednesday.

Laurens 52, G-MU 26

Mitchell Barra scored 13 points and David Fraser had a double-double as host Laurens won its Senior Night game in the Tri-Valley League.

Fraser finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Leopards (8-6, 4-4), who took a 33-12 lead into halftime. Ryan Holmes contributed 11 points for Laurens, which honored seniors Pheonix Howard, Josiah Wenck, Bryan Segina, Fraser and Holmes.

Tim French scored 17 points to lead Gilbertsville-Mount Upton.

Morris 69, Franklin 22

West Division champion Morris (13-1, 11-1) jumped to a 36-15 first-half lead and cruised to a home victory in the Tri-Valley League.

Levi Decker scored a game-high 21 points, including 15 in the first quarter, when he had all four of his three-pointers. Cody Myers contributed 13 points for the Mustangs, who are at Brookfield for a non-leaguer Thursday.

Zach McNeilly’s six points paced Franklin.

Schenevus 44, Worcester 37

Robert Burton’s 14 points, including three three-pointers, helped visiting Schenevus to a Tri-Valley League win.

Teammate Kevin Weinert chipped in eight points to help the Dragons improve to 4-5 in league play.

“The difference in the game was the last two minutes of the second quarter,” Worcester coach Jim Kenyon said of a Schenevus run that gave them a four-point halftime lead.

Jordan Wood paced Worcester with 14 points and three three-pointers. Teammates Tim Mould and J.T. Horne contributed seven points each.

Worcester will host Richfield Springs on Wednesday.

Deposit 49, Afton 44

Deposit outscored visiting Afton, 18-13, in the fourth quarter to earn a Midstate Athletic Conference victory.

Matt Mills scored a game-high 23 points, which included 10 in an 18-13 fourth quarter in favor of the Lumberjacks.

Kyle Hinman scored 17 points and Mitch Decker contributed 12 to pace Afton.

Deposit (7-8) travels to Sidney on Monday.

Walton 64, Hancock 55

Walton outscored the host school by 11 points in the fourth quarter to overcome a two-point deficit and win in the MAC.

Dalton Kaminsky scored a game-high 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Warriors (5-11, 5-6), who received 10 points apiece from Colin Adam and Trevor Zandt.

“Our defensive pressure in the fourth quarter forced a few turnovers and we were able to get some easy buckets in transition,” Walton coach Gary Williams said. “We were well-balanced in the fourth quarter and were able to run our offensive sets.”

Tyler Philips scored 26 points and Zach Worobey contributed 13 for Hancock.

CV 80, Oneonta 44

Zach Collins needed but three quarters to score a game-high 30 points as host Chenango Valley cruised to a Southern Tier Athletic Conference win at home.

The Warriors made 13 three-pointers.

“If there was a camera man, you wouldn’t see us in any of the photos,” OHS coach Jerry Mackey said of his team’s inability to guard CV shooters. “We just didn’t defend the (three-point) line. We played man to not give up threes, we gave up early offense in transition because we weren’t back, we left guys who are shooters and guarded guys who weren’t. It was a disastrous effort.

“I’ll take the blame for our preparation and their execution,” he continued. “It was really disappointing.”

Alec Picinich led OHS with 18 points. Junior varsity call-up George Foti contributed eight points.

“Luckily for us, Picinich showed up and Foti came up from the JV team and didn’t play scared,” Mackey said. “He attacked the basket and gave us a good eight points.”

Skylar Thompson contributed nine points for the Yellowjackets (6-9), who will play host to Chenango Forks on Thursday on Senior Appreciation Night.