Devils roll past Windham

Staff report
Never underestimate the value of a layup. The Margaretville Blue Devil boys’ basketball team learned how important basketball’s most basic shot can be when they fell, 58-35, to first place Davenport last week. The Wildcats outscored their hosts, 20-7, during a critical third period to nail down the victory.

Margaretville missed six lay-ups, put-backs or high percentage inside shots during the period as the Wildcats pulled away. On the other side of the court, Davenport feasted on similar field goal attempts with seven of their nine scores in the period made from directly under the hoop.
Long-range shooting kept Margaretville in the game during the first half. The Blue Devils counted on five three-point goals, three by Kyle Short, to stay in the game during the opening half. Davenport led 29-21 at intermission. But, as is often the case, games are won and lost in the paint, and Davenport dominated the real estate under the basket in the second half.
Robert Myerhoff was the Wildcats’ real estate agent near the goal netting a game-high 14 points for Davenport. Garrett Reynolds and Troy Palmer tended the Wildcat property at the periphery scoring 12 and eight respectively.

Sophomore Kyle Short hit 11 and freshman Matt VanValkenburg 10 to lead Margaretville.
Last Tuesday, MCS was a 68-36 winner over visiting Windham.

The Blue Devils jumped in front 21-6 after one period and were never threatened. Mitch Hull paced the winners with a 14-point effort. Jon Fairbairn added13 points and he also nabbed six steals. Ryan Sanford followed with 12 points and Kyle Short scored six points and handed off 10 assists. Matt VanValkenburgh chipped in six points, Randy Morse had five and Sean Gauntt added four points.

Roxbury boys
An already condensed Roxbury boys’ basketball roster was shortened even more when sturdy, strong forward Dakota Caronia was sidelined last week with a leg injury. Roxbury felt the impact of Caronia’s absence dropping a tight, 36-31, decision to Downsville on the Eagles’ home court.
Roxbury held its own in the early going, nursing an 18-14 halftime advantage. But, the Eagles would wear down their shorthanded opponents down the stretch, outscoring Roxbury, 22-13, in the second half to secure the victory.

The one constant for Roxbury in the early season is the offensive play of senior forward Kyle Ciaravino. Ciaravino brought his A-game once again, scoring a game-high 19 points for the Rockets. A proficient foul shooter, Ciaravino swished seven of 10 charity shots for the visitors.
Six Eagles, led by senior Nick Baxter, scored five or more points for Downsville. Baxter had a team-high nine points. Baxter’s younger brother, Justin, a recent call-up from the junior varsity, cut his teeth with two three-point field goals for the Eagles. Baxter downed a key three, and Colin Norwood and Jared Stone hit five of six free throws; which made the difference for Downsville down the stretch.