Jacob Goodspeed scored 21 points to lead Morris as the fourth-seeded Mustangs outlasted No. 5 Sharon Springs, 70-65, in the first round of the Tri-Valley League tournament Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Morris Central School.

Goodspeed totaled 21 points on eight field goals, hitting five of Morris’ 11 3-pointers. But Mustangs coach Gerard Joy said it was Goodspeed’s defense, which provided six steals, that proved decisive for his team.

“He had to guard (Sharon Springs standout Seth) Keller for half of the game and then he had to guard the big guy, (Connor) Mickel, and did a great job on him. It was a really solid defensive effort from him,” Joy said. “Offensively, obviously he had a really good game, but his defense was, for me, one of the biggest steps forward for us.”

Every step mattered for both sides as Morris owned the lead after each quarter, but never by more than five. A 19-14 deficit after one period was erased in the second quarter before Goodspeed got a steal and a layup and Hamid Williams hit a foul-line jumper for a 32-29 Mustangs lead at the break.

Morris owned the second half by a similarly tight 38-36 margin.

“They were our first Tri-Valley League game of the season and we won by seven, then here we won by five. It was a really good game both times,” Joy said. “I like their coach, I like the way he does things. They are good to play against, it’s not dirty or cheap. I’ve been on the winning and losing end of it and it’s a good style to play against.”

The Spartans nearly pulled the upset as Keller produced a game-high 27 points on 10 field goals and a 3-for-3 mark at the foul line. He also had four of Sharon Springs’ eight 3-pointers.

Mickel had 14 points, while Brandon Palmer hit three triples for 13 points.

Williams and Scott Murphy each scored 15 points to join Goodspeed in double figures for Morris, while Scott Strain had seven points and Jan Meyer scored six.

Meyer led the Mustangs with 14 rebounds, and Murphy passed out six assists.

The win earned Morris a date with No. 1 Edmeston, which defeated the Mustangs in the league final last season. Joy noted that his young team has already overachieved by earning a top-four seed in the league tournament, and a chance at the top-seeded Panthers provides another perhaps-unexpected opportunity.

“It’s nice to be able to go back and take on Edmeston at their gym. They got us last year, twice, and I’d like to go back and steal one,” Joy said. “Nobody really expected us to be here, so we are on borrowed time. We can play with reckless abandon.”

Edmeston will host Morris (11-7) at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, for a TVL semifinal.

Cherry Valley-Springfield 71, Laurens 56

Caleb Carpenter led three CV-S players in double figures as the sixth-seeded Patriots upset No. 3 Laurens on the road in the first round of the TVL playoffs.

CV-S took a 22-12 lead after one quarter, which Laurens trimmed to 33-29 at halftime with a 17-11 edge in the second. But the second half belonged to CV-S, 38-27, as the Patriots earned a place in the TVL semifinals.

Carpenter hit three of CV-S’ five 3-pointers to total his 21 points on eight field goals and a pair of foul shots. Luke Dubben followed with 18 points on seven field goals and a 3-for-4 effort from the line, while Silas Wilson totaled 14 points on five field goals and a 4-for-7 mark from the foul line.

Brock Mann hit six of Laurens’ seven 3-pointers to lead the Leopards with 19 points. Jordan Weir totaled 17 points and nine rebounds, while Chris Long had nine points and a team-high 17 rebounds.

Laurens is the first team on the boys or girls side to be upset in the first round of this year’s TVL tournament, which is following a new, eight-team format. But Leopards coach Andy Carr had nothing negative to say about the set-up.

“It is what it is. I don’t have a problem with it. This is why we play the game,” Carr said. “A three seed should beat the six seed, but they beat us up there earlier in the season and they match up really well with us. We don’t like to get knocked out, but it is what it is.”

The Leopards honored seniors Weir, Long and Zach Shaul before the contest.

Laurens (9-8) will host No. 7 Worcester at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, while CV-S will travel to No. 2 Richfield Springs for a semifinal on the same day.

Richfield Springs 65, Worcester 59

Brady Young scored 20 points to pace second-seeded Richfield Springs past No. 7 Worcester in the first round of the TVL playoffs.

The Indians took an early 19-1 lead and had a 21-7 advantage after one quarter, which expanded to 41-19 at halftime, but Worcester made it close with a 40-24 run in the second half.

James Odell led Worcester with a game-high 27 points, including 13 points in the third quarter as the Wolverines began their response. His penetrating style produced nine field goals and a 9-for-11 effort from the foul line.

“He’s a good player, and that sparked their comeback,” Richfield Springs coach Nate Rittenburg said. “Worcester fought hard and played well.”

Young had nine field goals, two of them 3-pointers, for his 20 points.

Dylan Hosford followed with 17 points of his own, also sinking two triples, while collecting seven rebounds and had four steals. Austin Bowman had eight points and seven rebounds for RS.

Ryland Evans followed Odell with 14 points on six field goals for Worcester.

Richfield Springs (16-1) will host No. 6 Cherry Valley-Springfield for a TVL semifinal at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7.

Edmeston 70, Milford 41

Top-seeded Edmeston took care of eighth-seeded Milford at home in the first round of the TVL playoffs.

The Panthers powered out to a 18-8 lead after eight minutes, but the Wildcats fought back with 18 points in the second quarter to make it a 12-point game by the midway point.

Edmeston’s offense continued to produce in the second half as it outscored Milford, 31-14, in the final two quarters.

“The first half (Milford) played well, we were a little slow on defense,” Panthers coach Darren Belden said. “We came out in the second half and corrected that in the third quarter, and the second half it was pretty much in hand.”

Josh Martin and Logan Williams paced the Edmeston offense as Martin led with 17 points and Williams had 16.

Belden also credited Nate Jennings (seven points) with “steady” play throughout and thought Garrett Lum “stuck out defensively.”

Lum contributed a team-high two 3-pointers as well for the Panthers.

Louis Banks’ 10 points led all Milford players, while Lawson Williams followed with nine and Cameron Cintron had eight.

Field goals favored Edmeston, 29-15.

The Panthers (16-2) will host No. 4 Morris in the second round of the TVL tournament at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7.

Gilbertsville-Mount Upton 64, Franklin 53

No. 9 Gilbertsville-Mount Upton’s senior duo of Ethan Newman and Zach Grabo highlighted its win against visiting 10th-seeded Franklin in the TVL playoffs.

Newman and Grabo each attained varsity highs with Newman recording 18 points and Grabo garnering 12 in the victory.

“Both brought a lot of energy and effort tonight on both sides of the court,” Raiders coach Greg Bonczkowski said.

Newman scored 14 points in the first half while Grabo secured eight in the second half.

Gavin Bonczkowski finished as G-MU’s high scorer with 22 points while also making both of G-MU’s 3-pointers.

The score favored the Raiders, 47-44, at the end of the third quarter, but a 19-7 fourth-quarter run put G-MU in control.

Three Purple Devils compiled double-digit point totals as Matt Serrao (19), Brian Johns (14) and Brandon Gregory (13) paced their offensive attack.

Serrao and Gregory each netted three 3-pointers while William Mettler (three points) hit one.

Gilbertsville-Mount Upton (9-8) will host Schenevus at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7.

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS

Morris 70, Sharon Springs 65

Sharon Springs ..... 14 15 20 16 – 65

Morris ..... 19 13 22 16 – 70

MORRIS (11-7): Garrett Aikens 0 0-0 0, Hamid Williams 6 0-0 15, Scott Murphy 5 4-8 15, Jake Goodspeed 8 0-0 21, Scott Strain 2 1-2 7, Jacob Spoor 0 0-0 0, Matt Burtis 2 0-0 4, Jan Meyer 3 0-3 6, Jon Child 1 0-0 2. TOTALS 27 5-12 70.

SHARON SPRINGS: Noah Acampora 0 0-0 0, Brent VanArsdale 0 0-0 0, Colin Brown 1 2-2 4, Nate MacFadden 1 0-0 3, Seth Keller 10 3-3 27, Brandon Palmer 5 0-0 13, Connor Mickel 6 2-2 14, Adam Euler 0 0-0 0, Carson Vahos 2 0-0 4. TOTALS 25 7-7 65.

Three-point field goals: M 11 (Goodspeed 5, Williams 3, Strain 2, Murphy); SS 8 (Keller 4, Palmer 3, MacFadden).

JV game: Sharon Springs won.

Cherry Valley-Springfield 71,

Laurens 56

Cherry Valley-Springfield ..... 22 11 19 19 – 71

Laurens ..... 12 17 14 13 – 56

LAURENS (9-8): Omar Andrades 2 2-2 6, Jesse Chase 1 0-0 2, Brock Mann 6 1-2 19, Rylie Nemitz 0 0-0 0, Zach Shaul 1 0-0 3, Cyller Cimko 0 0-0 0, Jordan Weir 6 5-7 17, Chris Long 3 3-7 9. TOTALS 19 11-18 56.

CHERRY VALLEY-SPRINGFIELD: Silas Wilson 5 4-7 14, Larry Kroon 1 0-0 2, Austin Yerdon 2 0-2 4, Luke Bartlett 0 0-0 0, Luke Dubben 7 3-4 18, Dylan Smith 3 0-0 6, Michael Freer 0 0-0 0, Caleb Carpenter 8 2-2 21, Griffin Barrett 0 0-0 0, Owen Johnson 0 1-2 1, Kyle France 1 2-2 5. TOTALS 27 12-19 71.

Three-point field goals: L 7 (Mann 6, Shaul); CVS 5 (Carpenter 3, France, Dubben).

JV game: CV-S won.

Richfield Springs 65, Worcester 59

Richfield Springs ……… 21 20 12 12 - 65

Worcester …….. 7 12 20 20 - 59

RICHFIELD SPRINGS (16-1, 10-1): Cameron Duncan 4 1-2 7, Dylan Hosford 6 3-4 17, Damon Thomson 0 0-0 0, Connor Scheffler 1 2-3 5, Austin Bowman 4 0-0 8, Matthew Palmer 0 0-0 0, David Leonard 0 0-0 0, Darren Brown 0 0-0 0, Brady Cowan 0 0-0 0, Brady Young 9 0-0 20, Jacob Bennett 2 2-6 8. TOTALS: 26 8-15 65.

WORCESTER (): James Odell 9 9-11 27, Jeremy Southworth 1 5-5 8, Michael Countryman 0 0-2 0, Ryland Evans 6 2-2 14, Isaiah Haley 0 5-5 5, Aaron Lorette 2 1-2 5, Dawson Rielly 0 0-0 0 , Jacob Schoeberl 0 0-0 0, Marcus Mould 0 0-0 0, Jeffrey Kolka 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 18 22-27 59.

Three-point field goals: RS 5 (Hosford 2, Young 2, Scheffler); W 1 (Southworth).

Edmeston 70, Milford 41

Milford.... 8 19 6 8 – 41

Edmeston.... 18 21 17 14 – 70

MILFORD: Darrick West 0 0-0 0, Cameron Cintron 3 1-2 8, Riley Stevens 1 0-0 3, Sawyer Eckberg 2 0-1 4, Jayden Vass 0 0-0 0, Louis Banks 4 2-6 10, Martin Thorsland 2 0-0 4, Ethan Jubar 0 2-3 2, Lawson Williams 3 2-2 9, Zach Brown 0 1-2 1. TOTALS: 15 8-16 41.

EDMESTON: Greg DeVries 4 0-0 8, Brendan Ashton 0 0-0 0, Tyler Graham 2 0-0 5, Tyler Jennings 1 0-0 3, Garrett Lum 3 0-0 8, Nate Jennings 3 0-0 7, Josh Martin 7 3-3 17, Shane Smith 1 0-0 2, Logan Williams 6 4-4 16, Andy Veseley 2 0-0 4. TOTALS: 29 7-7 70.

Three-point field goals made: M 3 (Cintron, Stevens, Williams); E 5 (Lum 2, Graham, T. Jennings, N. Jennings).

JV game: Edmeston won.

Gilbertsville-Mount Upton 64, Franklin 53

Franklin.... 15 15 14 9 – 53

Gilbertsville-Mount Upton.... 16 18 13 17 – 64

FRANKLIN: Matt Serrao 6 4-7 19, Nick McWeeney 0 0-0 0, Brandon Gregory 5 0-0 13, John Davis 0 0-0 0, Cole Ruff 2 0-0 4, Brian Johns 6 2-2 14, William Mettler 1 0-0 3, James Meyers 0-0 0, George Machala 0 0-0 0. TOTLAS: 20 6-9 53.

GILBERTSVILLE-MOUNT UPTON: Samuel Piedmonte 4 0-0 8, Zach Grabo 6 0-0 12, Dominick Carey 1 0-0 2, Ethan Newman 9 0-0 18, Gavin Bonczkowski 6 8-8 22, Brandon Harris 0 0-0 0, Skyler Norton 0 0-0 0, Dominick Hartwell 1 0-0 2, Isaiah Stockdale 0 0-0 0; TOTALS 27 8-8 64.

Three-point field goals made: F 7 (Serrao 3, Gregory 3, Mettler); G-MU 2 (Bonczkowski 2).

JV game: GM-U won.

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