Charlotte Valley boys' team outlasts ACS Mountaineers
By Julia Green
Davenport 89, Andes 47 (Thursday, Jan. 29)
The Andes Mountaineers moved to 8-7 overall and 4-7 in the league following an 89-47 defeat at the hands of the Charlotte Valley boys on Thursday.
“We knew we were going to have a tough time going in,” said Andes Head Coach John Bernhardt. “But we did well for a long time.”
The Mountaineers stayed with the Wildcats until toward the end of the first half, when they scored a basket to bring themselves within four points. Charlotte Valley scored the last five points of the first half to take a 36-28 halftime lead, and rode that momentum into a third quarter where they outscored the Mountaineers 33-6.
“From that point where we were 31-28 until about a minute into the fourth quarter – in just under 11 minutes, they outscored us 43-6,” Bernhardt said. “They just did everything right and we did everything wrong in that period of time. They had five three-point shots, they pounded the glass from the inside…just everything they did. And it was a total team effort; they didn’t have any one player overwhelm us.”
Despite the scoring run that effectively doomed the Andes boys, Bernhardt was able to see some positives in his team’s performance.
“We broke their press well in the beginning of the game,” he said. “They played man-to-man early and I thought we attacked the man-to-man well in the first. And I was really pleased with Peter Fabrykiewicz – he played really well, really hard and assertive.”
Ethan Berghammer led Andes with 11 points and Josh Bonifacic added nine.
“It was just a total meltdown,” Bernhardt said. “It was one of those nights; during that stretch, the first 15 minutes of the game, we played really well. We were within three points of one of the top teams. But in the next 10 minutes, we played as poorly as we’ve played at any point in the year. Every aspect of the game fell apart. They controlled the boards, our defense became kind of frozen, we were careless with the ball… it was a total meltdown. There’s nothing you can do with a game like that besides take something away from it and move on and forget about it.”
Roxbury 74, Jefferson 50 (Thursday, Jan. 29)
The Roxbury Rockets posted a convincing 74-50 win over the host JayHawks of Jefferson Central School on Thursday, cruising on 26-point games from both DaVaun Morgan and Ryan Skipper. Roxbury took the lead early, opening up an 11-point gap following a 16-5 first quarter.
“It was a good night for us on the boards,” said Roxbury Head Coach Tom Faraci. “We pressed and we did get a few turnovers. Tim Douglas had 12 or 13 boards on the night, which was big early. Overall, it was just a good night defensively. Things came together that night, with guys hustling and hitting the boards real hard and you worry about going over there and playing sometimes because it’s a smaller gym, but the guys were ready to go.”
Despite a stingy defense that gave up only five points in the first quarter, Jefferson fought back in the second to post 17 points to keep them in the game.
“We were doing OK there for a minute, and then we gave up two or three threes, I believe, and they seemed to get back on track a little bit. Even though we gave up some points, we were steady. It wasn’t panic, it wasn’t big ups and downs – it was steady.”
Following a 35-22 halftime lead, the Rockets kept up the pressure in the second half, posting a 21-point third quarter in which Morgan posted 14 of his 26 total points.
The Rockets head into the home stretch of the season, as they prepare to face South Kortright and Jefferson this week, and are still striving to qualify for sectional play.
“I feel like we’re playing as well as we have all year,” Faraci said. “We have a .500 policy and we’re sitting with nine wins right now, so we do need to get one more to get to that .500 record. Hopefully things are coming together a little bit and hopefully we can take care of it so we don’t have so much pressure coming down to the end. It’d be nice to win a couple more games and get a decent seed and see where things fall after that.”
Margaretville 34 @ Downsville 47 (Friday, Jan. 30)
It was once again a matter of one quarter for the Margaretville Blue Devils, who dropped a 47-34 decision to the host Eagles of Downsville on Friday night.
“I thought we played a pretty decent game but we got back to not playing four complete quarters, and it cost us,” said Head Coach Jeremey Marks. “We had a poor second quarter. Part of it was our transition defense; we handled their pressure fine, but our shot selection was a little questionable, which led to some long rebounds and they got out and ran and got some baskets in transition, which kind of got them going a little bit and got us back on our heels.”
Margaretville was down by only three points at the close of the first quarter, but a 13-2 second quarter dug them a considerable hole going into halftime.
“We couldn’t counter,” Marks said. “They hit a three at the end of the first quarter, and between that three and the second quarter it was a 16-2 run, and we couldn’t do anything to counter it. They did a good job hitting the boards and collapsing in, and they changed defense a little bit, too.”
Led by Brian Faulkner, who had 13 of his 18 total points, the Blue Devils were reinvigorated in the second half, outscoring the host Eagles 25-24. Danny Jenkins tallied all seven of his points in the half.
“We got the ball inside, got better at executing our offense, and defensively did a better job hitting the boards,” Marks said. “But that second quarter haunted us.
“We had 11 turnovers and created 18, so in the turnover department we did well. But in the rebound department – our leading rebounds were Mitch [VanKeuren] and Brian with five apiece, and Downsville’s a pretty big team, so we needed to do a good job rebounding but we didn’t.”
Margaretville 50, Roscoe 47 (Monday, Feb. 2)
Two free throws by Danny Jenkins sent Margaretville’s Monday night game into overtime, as Jenkins tied the game at 42 for the Blue Devils.
After a low-scoring first half that produced a 14-11 halftime lead for Margaretville, both teams ignited their offenses in the second half, with Roscoe tallying 31 points to the Blue Devils’ 28.
“It was kind of a tale of two halves,” Marks said. “I thought that defensively we did a pretty good job in the first half and offensively we didn’t, really, but the second half was the opposite. We seemed to execute our offense better, getting the ball inside, taking the ball to the basket, getting to the foul line, but we definitely had some breakdowns – we gave up 31 points.”
The Blue Devils were down by five with just over two minutes remaining in the game, when Marcus Moore hit a three to cut Roscoe’s lead to two points; Jenkins followed with two free throws with just over a minute to play in regulation to tie it at 42. Jenkins was three for four from the line in the final quarter. In overtime, the Blue Devils scored the first four points of the overtime period en route to an 8-5 lead to give them the win.
Faulkner led Margaretville with 20 points and 17 rebounds and Marcus Moore added 13 points, four of which came during the overtime period. Patrick O’Connell tallied a varsity best of eight points, six of which came in the fourth quarter.
The Blue Devils head into the closing stretch of the season, where they will face Hunter-Tannersville, Windham and Davenport, as well as a rematch with Roscoe.
“I’m hoping with this young team that we can make these last two weeks end on a positive note,” Marks said. “We have four games left, and in those four games I’m hoping to build on the last couple weeks where we’ve been playing better and practicing better. I like where we are as a team; we’ve got guys playing together, which is good to see.”