MCS boys keep winning; Stamford downs Rockets

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By John Bernhardt
The Margaretville boys’ basketball team didn’t get caught looking ahead to last night’s Delaware League showdown in Tannersville as the Blue Devils scored early and often in defeating Jefferson, 66-29, Friday night. The win was Margaretville’s 12th in a row and allowed the Blue Devils to keep pace with Hunter-Tannersville on top of the Delaware League’s Upper Division standings at 8-1.
Margaretville raced to a 15-point lead in the opening period holding their guests to just three points. The Blue Devils extended that margin to 34-10 by the half.

Hull leads the way
Mitch Hull had a big night around the basket leading a balanced Margaretville scoring attack with 20 points. Matt VanValkenburg followed with 14. Cooper Reither added nine and Sean Gauntt eight for the Blue Devils.

James Reese was the only JayHawk to reach double-figures with 12.
The Margaretville win and Hunter’s victory over Gilboa sets up a scintillating basketball scenario down the home stretch. Last night the Blue Devils traveled to Tannersville in a key league match-up with the winner grabbing the lead in the Upper Division. The results of that contest could not be received before the Catskill Mountain News’ publishing deadline.

And, there’s a third team eager to crash the league’s Upper Division title party. Stamford, 7-2, in league play, follows closely behind the frontrunners. Stamford used a bookend scoring effort, outdistancing Roxbury by eight points in both the first and last quarters, to down the Rockets, 64-45, on Friday.

Tough to stop
A combination of long-range shooting accuracy, inspired Greg Mattice’s inside play and a sizzling performance from the foul line by the Indians was too much for Roxbury to overcome. Stamford hit six three-point goals with Greg Keating nailing three and Erik Ehrhart two, made 24 of 35 foul shot attempts and enjoyed a 19-point scoring performance by Mattice to secure the victory. Ehrhart scored 17 points and Keating 14 for the Indians.

Eric Shultis paced Roxbury with 13 points. Derek Cowan reached double figures netting 10. Dakota Caronia added eight and Spencer Hinkley seven for Roxbury.

Stamford gets a crack at both of the Upper Division leaders during the final leg of the season playing both H-T and Margaretville. The Indians conclude their regular season at Margaretville of February 8.