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February 21, 2013

Upsetting night in Class D boys tournament

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It was a night of upsets in the Section Four Class D boys basketball tournament, with the 14th, 11th and 10th seeds all advancing to Saturday’s quarterfinals.

Edmeston, the 14th seed, pulled the biggest upset. The Panthers defeated third-seeded Richfield Springs, 51-48.

No. 11 Gilboa also advanced, downing sixth-seeded Stamford, 47-44, and 10th-seeded Marathon knocked off defending Section Four Class D champion South Kortright, 75-67.

Edmeston 51, RS 48

The Panthers (9-9) held off a fourth-quarter rally by host Richfield Springs for an opening round victory.

Down three with five seconds remaining, Indians senior Keegan Wheelock-Tanner took a three-pointer that missed the mark.

The Indians trailed, 41-29, to start the fourth quarter. They closed to two points twice, but Logan Vibbard’s 3-for-4 free throw shooting helped keep the Panthers ahead.

Vibbard had a team-high 12 points. Clayton Hawes contributed 10 points, and Linton Wainright and Nick DeVries had

nine points apiece.

Hawes scored nine of his points in the first half as the Panthers built a seven-point lead.

Edmeston, which handed top-seeded Morris its only loss this season, 46-35 on Dec. 28, will travel to 11th-seeded Gilboa on Saturday.

RS’ Joseph Kelly scored a game-high 22 points for the Indians.

Kelly and fellow starter Benjamin Smith, who scored 10 points, dealt with foul trouble for most of the night. Both players fouled out midway through the

fourth quarter.

“The rest of our kids did a heck of a job getting us back in it.” Indians coach Bill Stevens said.

Marathon 75, SK 67

Defending Section Four Class D champion South Kortright scored 18 points or better in three quarters and placed four guys in double figures, but it wasn’t enough to win a Section Four Class D first-round game at home.

“We hung with them,” SK coach Bob VanValkenburgh said of the 10th-seeded Olympians. “We’d get down four or five points, but they’d always make a key shot. They’re a good team.”

VanValkenburgh cautioned teams still in the Class D tournament to ignore Marathon’s seed and its 7-11 record.

“They play a very good 1-3-1 three-quarter court press and that gave us trouble,” VanValkenburgh said of an Olympians squad that played Oneonta High to a four-point game Feb. 14. “We turned the ball over too much. I knew they were going to be tough. It’s not like we were playing a 6-11 team. When they play Margaretville, that will be a good ballgame.”

The Rams cut their deficit to four points in the fourth quarter, but Marathon went 13-for-22 from the line over the final eight minutes.

Griff Metzko had a team-high 20 points for SK. He scored eight points as SK outscored Marathon, 20-18, in the third quarter.

Dylan Cole and Anthony Salcido had 15 points apiece, and Trevor Holdridge finished with 11 points for SK, which ends its season at 13-6.

“I thought we had a good year,” VanValkenburgh said of a squad that won the Delaware League Mountain Division title for the fifth straight year before falling, 48-41, to Margaretville in the crossover final. “We started out slowly, but we progressed.”

Cody Barry had 20 points to lead Marathon. Jeff Contir contributed 18 points, David Lincoln had 16 and Zach Brandstadt finished with 10.

Second-seeded Margaretville (16-2) will host Marathon on Saturday.

Gilboa 47, Stamford 44

Senior forward Tyler Latta scored a game-high 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead 11th-seed Gilboa to an upset on the road.

“We were down 12 with about six minutes left and we made a nice run to cut it to three,” Stamford coach Greg O’Connell said. “We had a good look, but we just could not knock down the last second three-pointer.”

Stamford (13-5) played the last six minutes without senior point guard Erik Ehrhart, who fouled out with six points.

“Although we made our comeback with him on the bench, it hurt us not having his leadership on the court due to foul trouble,” O’Connell said.

Hunter Grace contributed 10 points and Ben Standhart had seven points for the Wildcats.

“Give Gilboa all the credit,” O’Connell said. “They came ready to play and they played hard for 32 minutes. We did not shoot well tonight, but credit their defense.”

The Indians (11-7) were lead by junior Greg Mattice’s 12 points.

Matt Anderson contributed 10 points for Stamford.

Gilboa will host 14th seed Edmeston on Saturday in a quarterfinal.

H-T 50, Laurens 38

Dylan Legg scored a team high 17 points and teammate Zach Mudge contributed 16 points as fifth-seeded Hunter Tannersville advanced at home.

“Laurens came to play,” H-T coach Chris Glennon said. “Coach Carr does a nice job with them and they took it to us in the first quarter. Our defensive pressure got to them a little in the second half and Legg and Mudge were able to get some easy looks.”

Mudge’s night also included eight rebounds and five steals.

Laurens (9-9) was lead by Ryan Holmes, who had a game-high 22 points.

“The Holmes kid really had a good game for them,” Glennon said of Holmes, who hit four three-pointers. “We did not have an answer for him in the first quarter.”

The Wildcats (14-4) will travel to fourth-seeded Milford (14-4) on Saturday.

“We saw them in the Tri-Valley Championship game,” Glennon said. “They are a nice team and the Griffiths kid is a nice player, so we will have our hands full on Saturday.”

Milford 66, CV-S 50

Sophomore Peyton Griffiths scored a game-high 26 points, including three three-pointers, to lead fourth-seeded Milford to a home victory over Cherry Valley-Springfield.

Will Ward contributed 20 points and five assists for the Wildcats (14-4).

“This was by far Ward’s best offensive game of the year and it could not come at a better time of the season,” Milford coach Frank Spurchise said.

Ward’s night included four three-pointers.

“I have to give all the credit to Cherry Valley-Springfield’s kids and coach (Terry) Brant,” Spurchise said. “They came ready to play tonight and they gave us everything we could handle. I cannot say enough about what a good job Terry has done with his team.”

Dustin Collins had a team-high 17 points and Wyatt Crowley contributed 15 for the Patriots (10-8).

“Collins and Crowley both played great games for them tonight,” Spurchise said.

Milford will host to Hunter-Tannersville on Saturday in a

quarterfinal.