ACS boys down Eagles, Devils in hoop play

By Julia Green
Downsville 46, Andes 71 (Tuesday, Jan. 20)
It was a group effort that led to Andes’ sound victory over visiting Downsville on Tuesday night, which snapped a five-game losing streak for the Mountaineers.
Ethan Berghammer led Andes with 18 points and Eric Reed added 14 while Cody Ruff tallied 11 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds and two steals for the Mountaineers, who moved to 7-6 overall and 3-6 in the league. Josh Bonifacic led Andes in rebounds with 11.
“We hooked together some of our best offensive effort of the year that night,” said Andes Head Coach John Bernhardt. “We’ve been having trouble scoring and we played four good quarters, with double digits in each of the four quarters of the game, and that was very helpful.”
The Mountaineers jumped out to an early lead following a 16-10 first quarter; the visiting Eagles managed to stay in the game in the second quarter, in which Andes outscored them 21-20. A 34-16 second half, however, widened the lead and sealed the win for Andes.
Bernhardt said his team moved the ball well, executed offensively, and was able to get ahead of the Downsville defense – all factors that contributed to their success.
“We had some balanced scoring, led by Ethan,” he said. “We put some numbers on the board, which was something we had not been doing in that streak of losses. We had never scored 45 points in those games.”

Gilboa 37, Roxbury 53 (Tuesday, Jan. 20)
It was once again a dual-starred highlight reel Tuesday night, as DaVaun Morgan tallied 24 points and 13 rebounds for Roxbury and Ryan Skipper added 23 for the Rockets en route to a 53-37 win over the Gilboa Wildcats.
A 10-point lead at the close of the first quarter afforded the host Rockets a little breathing room and a lead they never relinquished.
“We did get out there and pressure with our press – we did a nice job defensively,” said Roxbury Head Coach Tom Faraci. “We limited them to one shot; we really got out and ran. It was very nice that way – we got up and down the floor.”
The Rockets led 32-15 at halftime and kept the pressure on in the second half, limiting Gilboa to a stingy three points in the third quarter.
“I thought we did a pretty good job with defensive intensity,” Faraci said. “I was very happy there. Some of the things we’ve been trying to talk about; we saw a lot of great things there defensively. We got some decent pressure.”

Andes 40, Margaretville 38 (Thursday, Jan. 23)
A Marcus Moore three-pointer at the buzzer wasn’t enough to reverse the outcome for the Margaretville Blue Devils Thursday night, as they fell in a close match-up to visiting Andes.
“We just kind of gritted that game out,” said Bernhardt. “That was the toughest-played game from start to finish. I thought Margaretville played well. They really hurt us on the backboards, and they got a lot of second shots and put-back baskets that kept them close.”
Ruff scored 11 points for Andes and Reed added eight points and 16 rebounds for the Mountaineers, who also got eight points apiece from Berghammer and Bonifacic.
“Cody had his third consecutive 11-point game, with five of them in the fourth quarter – he was five of six from the floor; Eric had a huge game for us off the backboards, pulling down 16 rebounds. That’s the single highest number of rebounds we’ve had a player have all year in one game.
“Nate Tuch came in when Josh went down and scored three points in the fourth and slowed down Brian Faulkner,” he added. “He guarded him one on one and I thought he did a credible job on him in that quarter; I thought he stepped up big for us in a supporting role.”
The Blue Devils led by a point at the close of the first quarter but trailed 20-17 at halftime.
“Overall, I thought we put four quarters together,” Marks said. “We had only 11 turnovers, four in the second half, which was huge for us. Our guards did a nice job handling their pressure and making good decisions with the basketball.”
Free throws were what plagued the Blue Devils, as they went four for 15 from the line and one for nine in the fourth quarter, including three front ends of one-and-ones.
“I was happy with how we played,” he said. “I was disappointed that we lost, but our team will get better in close game situations in the fourth quarter the more we get in them. We had our chances. They were four for 10 from the foul line in the fourth quarter, which gave us a chance.”
Margaretville plays at Downsville at 7 p.m. Friday night; Andes hosts Davenport Thursday night.

Stamford 56, Margaretville 40 (Tuesday, Jan. 20)
Marcus Moore led the Blue Devils with 16 points and 10 rebounds when Margaretville hosted Stamford Tuesday night. Brian Faulkner added 10 points and seven rebounds.
Margaretville fell behind early after a 17-6 first quarter but battled back in the second, posting 13 points to the Indians’ 16.
“I thought that in the first half we played pretty well,” said Head Coach Jeremey Marks. “It was 32-19 at halftime, but I thought we played a very competitive third quarter and did a better job settling in defensively and on offense got some more movement, more opportunities to score.”
The Blue Devils were outscored 17-8 in the third quarter but rallied outscore visiting Stamford 15-7 in the final quarter.
“Basically, with the young team we have, putting four quarters together has been a point of emphasis all year,” Marks said. “It seems like one quarter we let things slip away and it really puts us in a hole.”
Jon Lee added nine points for the Blue Devils and Mitch VanKeuren had five points and seven assists for Margaretville.

Roxbury 58, Windham 27 (Thursday, Jan. 23)
The Roxbury Rockets gave up six early points to the host Windham Warriors Thursday night, but they didn’t give up much more than that as they rallied to outscore the Warriors 22-8 in the first quarter.
“We got settled in and adjusted a little bit with our press,” Faraci said. “We gave them a little bit of trouble with our pressure. It was a pretty good night in terms of our transition game, and defensively… they had some guys scoring big points for them, and we did a nice job keying in on them.”
Morgan led the Rockets with 21 points and Skipper added 16 for the Rockets, who moved to 8-5 overall.
“We had quite a few guys who did a nice job on the boards,” Faraci added. “We gave up just one shot, and got out and ran and got a lot of easy transition baskets.”
Morgan tallied 13 rebounds and Tim Douglas and Garrett Hall added 12 and nine, respectively.
“It sounds hard to believe, but I think we have six games left and we still need to get those wins,” Faraci said. “We need to kind of reach that goal of sectional play and take that pressure off a little bit. I feel like we’re definitely playing better and getting better. For me, it’s really about us as a unit – we’re starting to play a little harder defensively and the guys are buying into that, so hopefully that’s going to play well for us here at the end of the season.”
The Rockets travel to Jefferson Thursday night to play at 7 p.m.