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February 12, 2013

Milford, RS headed for clash

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Peyton Griffiths’ 14 points led visiting Milford to a 57-39 Tri-Valley League boys basketball victory at Worcester on Monday, setting up a huge game Wednesday at Richfield Springs.

With a win, Milford (12-3, 11-1) will clinch the Tri-Valley League East Division title. A loss will force a playoff between Milford and Richfield Springs, which would be played Thursday at Laurens.

The East Division winner will play West Division champion Morris at 8 p.m. Saturday in the crossover final at Oneonta State.

Steven Banks contributed 11 points, including three three-pointers, for Milford.

The Wolverines were paced by J.T. Horne’s 11 points. Jordan Wood contributed 10 points for the Wolverines (5-9, 3-9), who will play at Cherry Valley-Springfield today.

RS 77, Sharon Springs 37

Host Richfield Springs cruised to a non-league home behind Joe Kelly’s game-high 18 points.

Fourteen of Kelly’s points came in the first quarter, which ended with RS leading, 32-7.

The Indians (14-2, 11-2) will host Milford Wednesday. They need to win to force an East Division tiebreaker Thursday at Laurens.

RS lost to the Wildcats, 56-45, on Jan. 16 at Milford Peyton Griffiths led Milford with 17 points. Kelly had 10 points to lead the Indians.

CV-S 54, Schenevus 50

Host Schenevus whittled a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to three with 10 seconds left before falling in a Tri-Valley League game.

“I give our guys a lot of credit,” Schenevus coach Kerry Mason said. “They never game up and kept fighting back until they ran out of time.”

Down three, The Dragons had possession with 10 seconds left, but Cherry Valley-Springfield made a steal to seal it.

Senior Kevin Weinert had 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead Schenevus (5-10, 5-8), which received 14 points from Robert Burton.

A balanced Patriots squad was led by Dustin Collins’ 12 points. Wyatt Crowley had 11, Ben Drugatz finished with 10 and Jake Spencer had nine.

Crowley had six points, and Kyle Jaquay (seven points) and Collins had five apiece in the fourth quarter, when the Patriots outscored Schenevus, 19-11.

Morris 56, Laurens 44

Levi Decker’s 21-point night included a 9-for-10 showing from the free throw line to lead West Division champion Morris to a Tri-Valley League win at home.

The Mustangs (15-1, 12-1) finished 19-for-22 from the foul line. Mike DeLuca finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds for Morris, which sealed the win by going 12-for-13 from the line in the fourth quarter.

Morris will play the East Division champion in the Tri-Valley League crossover final at 8 p.m. Saturday at Oneonta State.

Mitchel Barra had 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead Laurens (9-8), which received respective 11- and 10-point nights from Jared Conklin and Ryan Holmes.

Waterville 63, Cooperstown 33Ethan Bliss scored 15 points, but Cooperstown failed to score in double figures in any quarter of its Center State Conference loss at home.

Jordan Manikas had eight points for the Redskins (9-8, 6-5), who will travel to Hamilton tonight.

SK 69, Jefferson 28

Nine of Trevor Holdridge’s game-high 21 points came during a 24-4 first quarter that helped host South Kortright to a Delaware League victory.

The Mountain Division champion Rams (13-4, 10-3) received 10 points apiece from Dylan Cole and Anthony Salcido.

“We’ve been getting more balanced scoring as of late,” SK coach Bob VanValkenburgh said.

Next for the Rams is a matchup against Upper Division champion Margaretville in the crossover final at 7:30 p.m. Friday at SUNY Delhi.

“We definitely have to rebound,” said VanValkenburgh, whose team opened the season with a 60-52 win over the Blue Devils. “They have two good rebounders, so it’ll definitely come down to how well we rebound. And, we have to break their press.”

Gilboa 46, Roxbury 40

Ben Standhart hit two three-pointers to lead Gilboa’s 17-9 fourth-quarter run that carried the Wildcats to a Delaware League victory.

Hunter Grace and Tyler Latta scored 13 points apiece for Gilboa, which received nine points from Zak Perry and eight from Standhart.

“It was a really physical game,” Gilboa coach Andy Dumas said. “We just put together a couple of stops and created some turnovers.”

Latta also had seven rebounds for Gilboa (10-7), which will begin play in the Section Four Class D tournament a week from Wednesday.

Eric Shultis scored eight of his game-high 15 points in the third quarter, when Roxbury turned a three-point deficit into a 31-29 lead.

H-T 72, Windham 30

Seniors Zach Mudge and Neal Statts had respectively 27- and 19-point nights to lead host Hunter-Tannersville to a Delaware League victory on Senior Night.

“Both seniors played great on an emotional night,” H-T coach Chris Glennon said.

They were especially good in the first quarter. Mudge hit four three-pointers and scored 16 points, and Statts contributed 11 as the Wildcats raced to a 29-8 lead.

Statts’ 19 points represent his varsity high. He also had 11 rebounds and five steals.

Mudge finished with six rebounds and five steals for H-T (13-4, 10-3), which will next play in the Section Four Class D tournament.

David Saunders’ 13-point night paced Windham.

Edmeston 59, G-MU 23

Brandon Fallon and Linton Wainright scored 14 and 12 points, respectively, to lead host Edmeston to a Tri-Valley League victory.

Fallon, who finished with six rebounds, had 10 points in the first half as the Panthers built a 32-10 lead.

Logan Vibbard contributed 10 steals for Edmeston (8-9), which will be off until sectionals start.

Tim French led Gilbertsville-Mount Upton with 13 points.