Late heroics push SK past Blue Devils
By John Bernhardt
At crunch time for the New York Knicks, the ball finds the hands of Carmelo Anthony. In Miami, with the game on the line, expect the ball in the hands of LeBron James. The same can be said for Trevor Holdridge of the South Kortright Rams.
Holdridge, a senior and the only returning starter from last year’s Section IV champions, came up huge with the game on the line in last Friday’s season opener in South Kortright. Holdridge scored 11 points in the final period, swishing six of six from the foul line, as the Rams bested Margaretville, 60-52.
Kortright needed the Holdridge heroics to fend off a strong challenge by Margaretville. The Blue Devils never trailed until the closing minutes of the third period and were within a single bucket at 38-36 entering the final eight minutes of play.
But, at crunch time, Holdridge kicked up his game by penetrating hard to the basket again and again. That forward motion kept Holdridge on the foul line where he finished nine of 10 on the night.
Holdridge had offensive support from Dylan Cole who netted 15 points and Anthony Salcido with 14.
The season opener holds promise for Margaretville on several fronts. Friday’s season opener was the first time in many years where the Blue Devils mounted a challenge on SK’s home court. Margaretville showed good scoring balance with all five starters scoring above or near double figures. Finally, Margaretville center Mitch Hull was efficient at the foul line, a critical feature of the Blue Devils’ offensive success. Hull downed eight of 10 foul shots.
The Blue Devil guards unleashed a potent shooting arsenal with Matt VanValkenburg hitting three, three-point goals and Kyle Short and Cooper Reither two apiece.
VanValkenburg finished with 11 points, Reither nine, and Short eight for the visitors. Hull has team-scoring honors for Margaretville netting 16 points with Ryan Sanford adding nine.