The Daily Star
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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.
Kyle Short scored nine of his 14 points in the third quarter to help Margaretville extend its five-point halftime advantage to 12. All of Short’s third-quarter points came from three-point range.
Stamford closed its deficit to four points with two minutes remaining, but Margaretville protected its lead by going 11-for-16 from the foul line in the fourth quarter.
Matt Anderson scored a game-high 16 points for Stamford, which awaits its seed for the upcoming Section Four Class D Tournament.
Oneonta 73, CF 41
Natalie Vanderlaan-Meyering and Mariah Ruff led Oneonta (15-1, 12-0) to a Southern Tier Athletic Conference road win that concluded the regular season for the state’s third-ranked team in Class B.
Vanderlaan-Meyering finished with 18 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks for OHS, which received 13 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists from Ruff.
Ruff scored seven points in the first quarter and Vanderlaan-Meyering had six as the Jackets outscored Chenango Forks, 20-5.
Minnie Webster contributed 13 points for STAC East Division champion Oneonta, which will host a STAC Tournament semifinal against Binghamton or Maine-Endwell at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday.
Michaela Transue (17 points) and Ashley Williams (12) sank four three-pointers apiece for the Blue Devils, who went 10-for-36 from behind the arc.
Davenport 55, H-T 47
Sarah Haight and Sam Maidens scored 16 points apiece as host Davenport earned a Delaware League victory.
Haight and Maidens had nine points apiece in the fourth quarter, when Davenport secured the victory with a 22-6 period. Maidens also grabbed 10 rebounds for Davenport (14-2, 11-2), who received 15 points from Cassie Wubbenhorst.
Sarah Murin had 13 points for Hunter-Tannersville, which received 11 points from Taylor Dart and 10 from Sam Dibbell.
Davenport coach Ray Preston is one win away from tying retired Red Hook coach John Kuhn’s state record of 619 all-time victories.
“If and when the record falls, I guess maybe I’ll think about it,” Preston said. “We’ve got to go to Downsville on Monday, so that’s our thought-process right now.”
Upper Delaware Division champion Davenport closes its regular season at Downsville today, then plays undefeated South Kortright – the state’s top-ranked team in Class D – in the DL crossover at 5:30 p.m. Friday at SUNY Delhi.
SK is 4-1 against Davenport in the last five crossovers, including the last three in a row.
Downsville 31, Gilboa 26
Kaileen Townsend scored a game-high 14 points and Ashley Bivens grabbed 15 rebounds as Downsville won at home in the Delaware League.
Townsend scored nine points in the fourth quarter, when she went 7-for-11 from the foul line to help the Eagles (8-8, 7-7) secure the victory.
Brooke Koerner’s 10 points paced the Wildcats, who took a 13-11 lead into halftime.
Downsville hosts Davenport tonight.
Section Three Class C
Cooperstown’s Aaron Idelson won the Section Three Class C diving championship Saturday at Mexico.
Idelson scored a personal-best 331.80 points with his 11 dives and placed sixth among Class B and C divers. Including Class A divers, who competed at a different venue, Idelson placed finished 11th overall in the section.
By finishing in the top 12, Idelson advanced to the Section Three State Qualifiers, which are set for this Saturday at Hamilton College.
Idelson will also compete with his Cooperstown teammates in the Section Three Class C Championship Swimming Meet on Thursday in New Hartford.
Section Four Championships
Three Oneonta High girls rolled 200 games Saturday at Mid-Way Lanes in Vestal as the Yellowjackets placed fourth out of seven teams during the Section Four Class B Championships.
Cami Cleveland’s 216 paced OHS, which got a 213 from Caryn Balnis and a 204 from Amy Hait. Emily Loucks contributed a 196 and a 195 for the Jackets, who finished with a pinfall of 2,623.
Chenango Valley won the team title at 2,887, followed by Windsor (2,831) and Waverly (2,663).
Marina Mazzarella’s 192 led Sidney to a fourth-place finish (2,297 pins) in the Class C championships, which was won by Watkins Glen. Sam Vandermark’s 187 paced Walton, which finished last in the eight-team event with 1,662 pins.
Maya Cliffe’s 438 series led Bainbridge-Guilford to a fifth in Class D, with 1,800 pins. Afton rounded out the seven-team tournament with 966. Elmira Notre Dame won at 2,326.