Hot shooting by SCS too much for Blue Devils
By John Bernhardt
Matt Anderson was feeling it. The Stamford shooting guard was on fire last week, hitting almost every shot he launched in the Indians’ opening round Section IV, Class D, victory over Margaretville.
Anderson blistered the nets with seven three-point goals, four in the second quarter, scoring a game-high 27 points as Stamford advanced with a 65-45 win.
For the opening eight minutes of play the game was taking shape as a possible back-and-forth affair. Stamford point guard Glen Cioccari drove the middle of the lane, cracking the Margaretville press to get the Indians on the board two minutes into the game. After a Greg Mattice foul shot, Margaretville fought back when Cooper Reither penetrated the lane, then dumped a pass to Alex Seddiouk for an inside score.
Margaretville guard Kyle Short deflected a Stamford pass with Reither getting to the loose ball first and shuffling it back to Short for a layup, and the Blue Devils led, 4-3. Short’s layup would be the last time Margaretville would lead in the game.
Keeping it close
Geoff Mattice pulled down an offensive rebound and converted a scoop shot from underneath the hoop putting Stamford back in front, 5-4. Colby Fancher penetrated the lane, stopped and popped a jumper just inside the foul line to give Stamford a three-point lead.
Matt VanValkenburg’s spin move along the baseline drew Margaretville within a point at 7-6. Stamford’s Dustin King pulled down an offensive rebound and kicked a pass out to Cioccari who nailed a jumper, and Armstrong got on the scoreboard by hitting one of t foul shots just before the first quarter horn. Stamford led 10-6
Anderson would set the tone for the remainder of the game in the first two minutes of the second quarter. The lanky Indian shooting guard buried three straight three-point shots in Stamford’s first three possessions; the first from the right wing, the second from the left corner on an out-of-bounds play and the last at the end of an inside/outside kick out pass from under the basket.
Anderson’s nine-point explosion stretched Stamford’s advantage to 19-6, and Margaretville never recovered.
Margaretville did get strong offensive performances from VanValkenburg and Reither but could never find a team offensive rhythm. VanValkenburg drove the lane and was fouled hitting both shots, then ripped down a defensive rebound whipping an outlet pass to Short who hit Reither on the fly to cut Stamford’s lead to 19-10.
A Cioccari three pointer in the right corner smothered the Blue Devils mini rally starting another Stamford run that ended with the Indians in front, 33-18, at the half.
A 12-1 Stamford scoring run to open the second half gave the Indians a 45-19 lead and nearly put the game out of reach. Reither put his Blue Devils team on his back and almost singlehandedly brought Margaretville back in the game. After a VanValkenburg three pointer in the middle of the third period cut Stamford’s margin to 45-22, Reither outscored the Indians, 13-2, his three-point goal seconds into the final quarter drawing Margaretville within 14, at 49-35.
Stamford’s Dustin King scored four straight points from the inside, but VanValkenburg scored from beyond the arc, then pulled down a defensive rebound with an outlet to Reither for a layup. With 5:30 left, the Blue Devils trailed, 53-40.
That was as close as the Blue Devils would get.
Stamford got a balanced scoring effort behind Anderson’s game-high 27. Dustin King netted 10 points and Cioccari and Greg Mattice both hit nine for the Indians.
VanValkenburg and Reither shared scoring honors for Margaretville with 19 points each. No other Blue Devils scored more than four points. Margaretville finished the season with a 12-6 record. The quarterfinal loss was the final game for three Blue Devil seniors; Kyle Short, Dylan Shaffer and TJ Haynes.
Delaware League Notes:
Stamford was eliminated in quarterfinal play to number one-seed Edmeston, 67-49. Anderson continued his hot hand scoring 25 points that included five three pointers for Stamford.
South Kortright erased an eight-point deficit over the final two minutes to stun Tri-Valley League champion Milford, 69-66, on the Wildcats‘ home court. All five SK starters; Tyler Lamport, Griff Metzko, Ty Magnan, Tyler Faulk, and Dan Nelson scored during the Rams’ late-game rally.
Gilboa dropped a high-scoring contest, 73-65, on their home court in quarterfinal play against Southern Cayuga.
Co-Delaware League Champion and second seeded Davenport advanced to the semi-finals with a 42-35 victory over Laurens.