This week was made for people who can't get enough high school basketball.
A total of 31 high school teams _ 16 boys and 15 girls _ will compete this week as 14 holiday basketball tournaments involving local squads are scheduled from today through Friday.
Six of the seven girls tournaments open today, beginning with the Harpursville Holiday Tournament. Gilbertsville-Mount Upton of the Tri-Valley League will play Oxford of the Midstate Athletic Conference at 1 p.m. in the first varsity game of the day. The defending Section Four Class C champion Hornets, who are ranked second by the New York State Sports Writers' Association, will follow at 2:45 p.m. against MAC rival Afton. The consolation and championship games are slated for 1 and 2:45 p.m., respectively, on Wednesday.
Oneonta High's state-ranked girls (eighth in Class B) will take part in the Pete Hyde Tournament today and Wednesday at Johnson City Middle School. The Yellowjackets open against Jamesville-Dewitt _ the state's No. 14 team in Class A _ at 2:15 p.m. today and close at 4 p.m. Wednesday against Class AA Union-Endicott.
Other Tuesday-Wednesday events are the Kazalski Tournament at Bainbridge-Guilford, the Stamford Booster Club Tournament and the Ray Preston Tournament at Davenport.
Interscholastic Athletic Conference adversaries Marathon and Whitney Point will start the Kazalski Tournament at 3:45 p.m. today, with Unatego and Bainbridge-Guilford meeting at 7:30 p.m. in an all-MAC first-rounder. The consolation game is set for 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, followed by the championship game at 7:30 p.m.
At 4:45 p.m. today, Milford and Laurens of the Tri-Valley League will play in the first round of the Stamford Booster Club Christmas Tournament, which features Roxbury and the host Indians _ both of the Delaware League _ at 7:15 p.m. The Stamford consolation game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, with the championship set for 7:15 p.m.
The Ray Preston Tournament will showcase two of the state's top-20 Class D teams when Tri-Valley League foes Schenevus (19th) and Worcester (20th) meet at 5:30 p.m. Class C-affiliate Cooperstown of the Center State Conference will play the host Wildcats of the Delaware League at 7 p.m. The consolation game starts at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, with the championship set for 7 p.m.
The three-day Greene Holiday Showcase opens today with Sidney against Susquehanna Valley at 6 p.m. and Chenango Forks versus the host Trojans at 7:45 p.m. SV and Forks compete against Oneonta in the Southern Tier Athletic Conference. Sidney and Greene are MAC rivals. The consolation game is slated for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and the championship game will start at 5:15 p.m. Thursday.
The Unadilla Valley Tournament runs Wednesday and Thursday. Sherburne-Earlville and Cazenovia open at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, followed by MAC foes Hancock and Unadilla Valley at 3:45 p.m. Thursday's consolation game begins at 2:45 p.m., with the title game to follow at 6:15 p.m.
Area boys teams also will compete in seven tournaments, with three state-ranked teams vying for titles as well.
Cooperstown, ranked third in the state in Class C, will host the Dick White Holiday Tournament today and Wednesday. Sidney of the MAC opens against Cobleskill at 6 p.m., followed by the host Redskins and Fort Plain at 8 p.m. The consolation and championship games are set for 6 and 8 p.m., respectively, on Wednesday.
Other Tuesday-Wednesday events with local boys teams are the Ray Clement Tournament in Morris, the Sharon Springs Christmas Tournament and the Downsville Holiday Classic.
Mohawk and Deposit start the Ray Clement Tournament at 3 p.m. today, with a Tri-Valley League showdown between Edmeston and the host Mustangs set for 4:30 p.m. The consolation and championship games are slated for Wednesday.
Tri-Valley League foes Richfield Springs and Cherry Valley-Springfield will compete at 6 p.m. today in the Sharon Springs Christmas Tournament, with Sharon Springs and Owen D. Young to follow at 7:30 p.m. The consolation game (6 p.m.) and the championship game (7:30 p.m.) are scheduled for Wednesday.
The Downsville Holiday Classic features Margaretville of the Delaware League against Gilbertsville-Mount Upton of the Tri-Valley League at 5 p.m., with the Family School and Delaware League-affiliate Downsville to follow at 6:30 p.m. The consolation and title games are scheduled for the same times, respectively, on Wednesday.
The boys version of the Greene Holiday Showcase runs Wednesday and Thursday and features state-ranked Unatego (20th in Class C) of the MAC. The Spartans open against the STAC's Windsor at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, followed by Chenango Forks (STAC) and Greene (MAC) at 7 p.m. The consolation game is set for 3:30 p.m. Thursday, with the championship game set for 7 p.m.
Another Wednesday-Thursday event is the Unadilla Valley Tournament. Oneonta and Walton (MAC) start at 6 p.m., followed by Sherburne-Earlville and UV at 7:45 p.m. The consolation game starts at 4:30 p.m. Thursday and the championship game is set for 8 p.m. that night.
The Pat Grasso Tournament in Laurens will conclude the tournament schedule this week. State-ranked South Kortright (third in Class D) of the Delaware League will face Hancock of the MAC at 5 p.m., followed by Tri-Valley League rivals Laurens and Milford at 7:30 p.m. First-round losers will meet in the consolation game at 6 p.m. Friday, with the opening-round winners to follow in the title game at 7:30 p.m.
AA 67, Cooperstown 55
Michael Moakler scored a game-high 20 points Friday, but the Redskins lost a non-league game at Class AA Albany Academy.
"They're very deep," Cooperstown coach Dave Bertram said of the Cadets, who started four players standing between 6-foot-3 and 6-4 and featured a 6-8 reserve. "They played probably 12 guys and they didn't miss a beat with their first nine or 10. They're all pretty similar and they're a very physically strong team.
"They were pretty big, but we matched up well," Bertram continued. "We took care of everything, but they killed us at the free throw line and we probably had 30 turnovers in the game. I think it was a great experience. We won't see a team like that again until sectionals."
Jack Morrow hit all five of the Cadets' three-point field goals en route to a team-best 17 points. Darrien White contributed 16 points and Jelani Currie had 10 for AA (3-1), which held a 40-29 scoring advantage in the second half.
Jay Davine and Jeremiah Ford scored 12 points apiece for the Redskins (3-1), who host the Dick White Holiday Tournament today and Wednesday.
AA 67, COOPERSTOWN 55
Friday's non-league game
COOPERSTOWN (3-1): Jay Davine 5 0-1 12, Jeremiah Ford 5 2-2 12, Harrison Clinton 0 0-0 0, Sam Bowen 1 4-4 6, Michael Moakler 7 4-4 20, Wes Lippitt 0 0-0 0, Michael Rowley 1 3-4 5. TOTALS: 19 13-15 55.
ALBANY ACADEMY (3-1): Jelani Currie 2 6-10 10, Nick Gavin 1 0-0 2, Matt Knezovic 1 0-0 2, Matt LaClair 3 2-2 8, Jack Morrow 6 0-0 17, Mike Paparian 4 0-0 8, James Puleo 0 4-4 4, Darrien White 5 6-9 16. TOTALS: 22 18-25 67.
Cooperstown ..... 7 19 12 17 _ 55
Albany Academy ..... 12 15 17 23 _ 67
Three-point field goals: C 4 (Davine 2, Moakler 2); A 5 (Morrow 5). JV score: Albany Academies won.