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.