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Delaware League basketball races taking shape

By John Bernhardt
The winter of 2005-2006 was the last time the South Kortright boys’ basketball team didn’t win the Delaware League Mountain Division title. That winter, Andes edged Downsville to win the Delaware League crown in a four-team race that included Roxbury and SK. The Mountaineers suffered three DL losses, but balance across the league helped Andes win enough games to reach in the league Crossover Championship for the first time in school history.


MCS boys edge Wildcats

 By John Bernhardt
“Box scores lie,” former New Jersey Nets’ power forward Kenyan Martin growled at reporters when explaining the value of teammate Jason Kidd’s contribution to the Nets after Kidd recorded rather pedestrian statistics in a victory several years ago.  Martin’s claim could have described Margaretville guard Matt VanValkenburg when he was the only Blue Devils’ starter who failed to reach double figures as Margaretville upended Hunter-Tannersville, 66-60, last week. Box scores lie!
 


Rocket boys blast Jefferson

After relying heavily on stingy defensive play during two crucial Delaware League victories last week, baskets came fast and furious for Roxbury in Jefferson last week.  Roxbury scored 28 points in the first quarter on their way to a crushing, 73-30, defeat of the JayHawks.

The Rockets’ onslaught continued in the second period when Roxbury outscored their hosts 18-6, to build a 46-11 advantage by intermission. 


Lady Rockets top Mountaineers

By John Bernhardt
Strong defensive pressure in the second half propelled Roxbury past Andes in a Delaware League girls’ contest played in Roxbury last week. Roxbury turned turnovers into offensive opportunity, using a 10-1 third quarter on their way to a 52-25 victory.
“The Roxbury girls did a nice job of capitalizing on our failure to protect the basketball,” lamented Andes coach Jeff Rhone.


MCS girls split games

By John Bernhardt
It was an unusual kind of girls’ basketball game in Tannersville last week.  Hunter-Tannersville downed Margaretville, 41-35, in a contest that proved far more competitive than their first encounter three days previously in the finals of the MCS Booster Club Tourney. 

The Wildcats enjoyed a huge advantage at the foul line, taking 20 foul shots during the game and making nine.  Margaretville wasn’t awarded a single foul shot in the contest.


RCS basketball tops Davenport and SK

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By John Bernhardt
In one short week the Roxbury boys’ basketball team managed to turn the Delaware League upside down. 

For what seems like forever, the Delaware League has been dominated by two teams, Davenport and South Kortright, with Hunter-Tannersville joining the party in recent basketball campaigns.  It wasn’t difficult showing off your basketball ESP each preseason.  Everybody could do it.  Just make sure the Wildcats and Rams were at the top of your DL prediction list.  Not so fast now!

Beating the best


Wildcats top MCS in tourney

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By John Bernhardt
Tess Svoboda was not happy at halftime of the Margaretville Booster Club Championship Girls’ Basketball Tournament Saturday.  The home team trailed Hunter-Tannersville, 18-7, and the Margaretville small forward was determined to do something about it.


Blue Devils win tournament championship

By John Bernhardt
The first three minutes of the final quarter in Saturday’s MCS Booster Club Boys’ Varsity Basketball Tournament demonstrated the poise the host team showed in securing the title.  Trailing 39-25 late in the third quarter, Gilboa went on a 10-2 run to whittle the Margaretville advantage to six at 41-35.  The Wildcats’ surge included a  long range, three-point Zac Perry prayer that banked off the backboard and through the nets, just beating the third-quarter horn, and a no-look pass from Tyler Latta to Hunter Grace for a layup to start the final period.


Lady Rockets open with win over H-T 'cats

By John Bernhardt
When he watched his Brooklyn Nets team play during the preseason, coach Avery Johnson knew he had the talent to battle for a spot in the NBA’s Eastern Division. Avery’s challenge was to convince his team they could be good. “What we need is a win that’s more than a win,” he told reporters.  Johnson was talking about a win over one of the NBA’s more established franchises like the Celtics, Knicks, or Lakers.


Andes girls rally past WAJ

By John Bernhardt
Andes coach Jeff Rhone had to breathe a sigh of relief that his team didn’t need a last-second basket from the foul line in last Thursday’s season opener at Windham.  The Mountaineers got very little help from the charity stripe, hitting only five of 25 foul shots, but rallied in the second half to down Windham, 31-26, in spite of the poor foul shooting.


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