Basketball

Scott Strain scored 26 points as fourth seed Morris responded to Tuesday’s league semifinal loss with a 62-53 win over sixth-seeded Cherry Valley-Springfield at home Wednesday, Feb. 12, in Tri-Valley League postseason play.

The Mustangs took a 22-13 lead after one quarter, but CV-S trimmed the deficit to two at the break with an 18-11 edge in the second. Still, Morris owned the second half, 29-22.

Strain hit six 3-pointers to lead all scorers with his 26. He totaled nine field goals and a pair of free throws.

“Scott played awesome. That is probably his best game and probably his last game at home, so he closed out his Morris career really well,” Morris coach Gerard Joy said. “He has been a great kid to coach, one of the few kids you have to almost plead to shoot more. He is unselfish and sometimes I wish he was more selfish.”

Hamid Williams hit three 3-pointers to score 17 points, while Scott Murphy hit the last of Morris’ 10 triples and scored nine points.

Joy also complimented Jan Meyer (six points) and Jon Child (four points) for their rebounding efforts.

“We controlled the backboards and so controlled their break,” Joy said. “They (CV-S) seem do a lot of that, and they are fast and they go hard.”

Austin Yerdon led the Patriots with 13 points. Luke Dubben had nine and Kyle France totaled seven.

Both teams await potential section tournament seedings.

Laurens 67, Milford 47

Third-seeded Laurens shook off losses in each of its first two TVL playoff games to defeat visiting No. 8 Milford.

The Leopards took an 11-4 lead after one period, and extended a 35-22 lead at halftime behind a 24-point second frame.

Jesse Chase hit four of Laurens’ six 3-pointers to lead all scorers with 20 points. Jordan Weir had 19 points and two blocks for the Leopards, and Omar Andrades had nine points.

Chris Long had eight points and a team-high 16 rebounds, while Rylie Nemitz had eight points and eight rebounds. Weir and Zach Shaul also each had eight rebounds.

Louis Banks led Milford with 14 points, and Martin Thorsland scored 10 for the Wildcats.

Franklin 68, Schenevus 48

Brian Johns scored 29 points as Franklin topped visiting Schenevus in the TVL playoffs.

The Purple Devils scored 45 points in the first half and allowed 28 to take control early.

The Dragons outscored the hosts, 11-7, in the third quarter, but Franklin responded in the final frame as it put up 16 points to Schenevus’ nine.

Johns hit five 3-pointers and totaled 10 field goals with four foul shots to pace the Purple Devil offense.

Leo Temple totaled 13 points, Matt Serrao had 10 and Brandon Gregory recorded nine for Franklin.

Peyton Darling scored 25 points to lead the Dragons on 10 field goals and five free throws.

The Purple Devils concluded with a 7-5 edge in 3-pointers.

The win brings Franklin’s final record to 4-12.

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS

Morris 62, Cherry Valley-Springfield 53

Cherry Valley-Springfield ..... 13 18 13 9 – 53

Morris ..... 22 11 16 13 – 62

MORRIS (12-8): Garrett Aikens 0 0-0 0, Hamid Williams 6 2-2 17, Scott Murphy 4 0-0 9, Jake Goodspeed 0 0-3 0, Scott Strain 9 2-4 26, Jacob Spoor 0 0-0 0, Matt Burtis 0 0-0 0, Jan Meyer 3 0-0 6, Jon Child 2 0-2 4. TOTALS 24 4-9 62.

CHERRY VALLEY-SPRINGFIELD: Larry Kroon 2 0-0 4, Austin Yerdon 5 1-4 13, Luke Dubben 4 0-1 9, Dylan Smith 3 0-0 6, Michael Freer 0 0-0 0, Caleb Carpenter 2 1-2 5, Griffin Barrett 2 0-0 5, Owen Johnson 2 0-0 4, Kyle France 3 0-0 7. TOTALS 23 2-7 53.

Three-point field goals: M 10 (Strain 6, Williams 3, Murphy); CVS 5 (Yerdon 2, Dubben, Barrett, France).

JV game: CV-S won.

Laurens 67, Milford 47

Milford ..... 4 18 8 17 – 47

Laurens ..... 11 24 13 19 – 67

LAURENS (10-9): Omar Andrades 4 0-0 9, Jesse Chase 8 0-0 20, Brock Mann 1 0-0 3, Rylie Nemitz 3 2-2 8, Zach Shaul 0 0-0 0, Jordan Weir 7 5-10 19, Chris Long 3 2-2 8. TOTALS 26 9-14 67.

MILFORD: Darrick West 1 0-0 3, Riley Stevens 2 0-0 5, Sawyer Eckberg 2 0-0 5, Louis Banks 5 2-2 14, Martin Thorsland 3 2-2 10, Ethan Jubar 1 0-0 2, Lawson Williams 3 0-0 6, Zach Brown 0 0-0 0, Tanner Morrissey 0 0-0 0, Carter Stevens 1 0-0 2. TOTALS 18 4-4 47.

Three-point field goals: L 6 (Chase 4, Andrades, Mann); M 7 (Thorsland 2, Banks 2, R. Stevens, West, Eckberg).

Franklin 68, Schenevus 48

Schenevus.... 17 11 11 9 – 48

Franklin.... 21 24 7 16 – 68

FRANKLIN: Matt Serrao 2 5-6 10, Nick McWeeney 0 1-2 1, Brandon Gregory 4 0-0 9, Cole Ruff 3 0-1 6, Brian Johns 10 4-6 29, Leo Temple 5 3-8 13. TOTALS: 24 13-25.

SCHENEVUS: Daniel Merwin 1 0-0 3, Wyndham Spooner 2 1-3 5, Ethan LaPre 2 0-0 5, Dylan Brundage 2 0-0 5, Peyton Darling 10 5-10 25, Owen Schneider 2 0-1 5. TOTALS: 19 6-14.

Three-point field goals made: S 4 (Merwin, LaPre, Brundege, Schneider); F 7 (Johns 5, Serrao, Gregory)

JV game: Schenevus won.

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