Bill Kozak and Brandon Walters scored 19 points apiece Saturday, leading top-seeded host Sidney to a 71-48 boys basketball defeat of No. 4 Oxford in a Midstate Athletic Conference 1-4 Tournament semifinal.
Damian Zimmer contributed 13 points for the Warriors (16-1), who took a 36-23 lead into halftime after outscoring the Blackhawks, 23-11, in the second quarter. Walters hit two of his three three-point field goals en route to nine points in the period, when Kozak scored six.
“We made one little defensive switch and that changed the whole complexion of the game,” said Sidney coach Mike Brazee, who put Hunter Sowersby on Oxford’s Paul Wonka in the second quarter. “Wonka scored six of his 12 points in the first quarter, so we put a little more quickness on him with Sowersby. He couldn’t penetrate and get to the basket anymore, and that changed everything.”
Walters, who guarded Wonka in the first quarter, also had nine rebounds and six assists for Sidney, which beat Oxford, 50-45, on the road two weeks ago.
Andrew Golden’s 18 points paced the Blackhawks, who will play the loser of Tuesday’s semifinal between Greene and Unatego in the MAC 1-4 consolation game Wednesday.
Sidney will play Tuesday’s winner in the MAC 1-4 championship game at 4 p.m. this Saturday at Oneonta State.
Sidney fell to Unatego, 43-39, in the 2012 MAC 1-4 final. The Warriors beat Unatego, 48-36, in the 2011 title game.
Margaretville 53, Stamford 42
Mitch Hull finished with 15 points and 17 rebounds to lead Margaretville to a Delaware League victory that clinched the Upper Delaware Division for the Blue Devils.
Margaretville (15-2) finished the DL season at 11-2, one game ahead of Stamford (13-4, 10-3) for the division championship. The Blue Devils advanced to the crossover for the first time since back-to-back appearances in 1995 and 1996, although the latter was not played because of flooding. They’ll play Delaware Mountain Division winner South Kortright – their opponent in 1995 and 1996 – for the DL crown at 7:30 p.m. Friday at SUNY Delhi.