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February 21, 2013

Spartans advance past Storm


“Sidney and UV played us tough man, so we’re coming off two teams that played good man defense,” he continued. “I may be misjudging them, but I think we can play with them. We’re a confident bunch _ not cocky but confident.”

Little Falls 68,

Cooperstown 54

Jordan Manikus and Ethan Bliss scored 18 and 11 points, respectively, but Cooperstown’s season ended with a Section Three Class C-1 quarterfinal loss at Little Falls on Tuesday.

The fifth-seeded Redskins trailed, 45-43, entering the final quarter before No. 4 Little Falls outscored them by 12 over the final eight minutes.

Last season, Cooperstown won the Section Three Class C title with a 72-58 win over Beaver River at the Carrier Dome. The Redskins went on to advance to the Class C state semifinal, falling to Middle College OTC of Buffalo, 58-57, in overtime.

All five of Cooperstown starters from last season graduated.

Sawyer Haney contributed seven points for Cooperstown.

Mitchell Baumeister had 16 points, and Tyler Baumeister and Lucas Godlewski contributed 14 points apiece for Little Falls, which will play Friday against top-seeded Beaver River or South Lewis on Friday.

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