Margaretville boys roll; slow start for RCS

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By John Bernhardt
Margaretville’s boys’ basketball team made a statement in Jefferson Monday night. The Blue Devils opened their season by scoring 27 points in the first period when they raced to a 27-3 lead and then coasted to a 59-35 win over the JayHawks.
The Blue Devils showcased a sizzling long-range shooting game, nailing eight three-point goals with junior point guard Cooper Reither and shooting guard Kyle Short nailing four long-range bombs each. Reither and Short teamed to score 21 of the Blue Devil’s 27 points in the devastating opening frame.
Short finished the night with 22 points with Reither netting 17. Matt VanValkenburg and Dylan Shaffer both added six for the Blue Devils.
James Quaglianno led Jefferson with 11.
The Blue Devils will be busy next week. Margaretville hosts South Kortright in its home opener on Wednesday, Dec. 4. They then travel to play Stamford Friday, Dec. 6 in a critical early season Delaware league matchup.
Stamford, which provided a stiff Mountain Division challenge to the Blue Devils last season, returns most of the key players from last year’s squad. The Indians opened their DL campaign topping by Roxbury, 58-34, on Monday.
Stamford pounded the backboards with the Mattice brothers, Gregg and Geoff, both pulling down 10 rebounds. Gregg Mattice netted 14 points for Stamford. Glen Cioccari paced the Indians’ attack with 18 points.
Roxbury hung tight in the first quarter trailing 12-8. A 20-9 Indian run in the second frame was the difference maker. Patrick Hanrahan led the Rockets, scoring a dozen points for the visitors.

Early struggles
The young Roxbury squad has struggled in the early going of all three of their early season contests. The Rockets fell behind by large first-quarter margins in both games of the Milford Tournament, dropping contests to the host school and to Cherry Valley over the weekend.
Will Rendler had a big night scoring 16 points in the Rockets’ 56-36 loss to the Patriots in the consolation game. Rendler and Hanrahan both netted double figures in Roxbury’s opening round, 53-40, loss to Milford. Rendler finished with 13 points and Hanrahan 10. Matt Faraci added nine more for the Rockets.