MCS earns first victory; Roxbury rolls past Jay Hawks

Staff report
Margaretville’s boys’ basketball team found an outside game to compliment Mitch Hull’s play around the basket and the Blue Devils won for the first time Saturday besting Roscoe, 60-41, in the consolation game of the Booster Club Boys’ Varsity Tournament.

Jon Fairbairn, Marshall Bouton and Matt VanValkenburg all registered double-digit scoring outputs to go with Hull’s game high 18-point effort.

Bouton was blistering hot early in the contest hitting five of six shots in the first quarter when Margaretville raced to an 18-5 lead. The Blue Devils were careless handling the basketball, and Roscoe’s Rob Taurino lit up the scoreboard with 11 second-period points as Roscoe clawed their way back into the game.

The guests outscored Margaretville, 15-6, in the quarter and only trailed 24-20 at the half.
It was Fairbairn time in the third period. With Roscoe’s defense swarming around Hull close to the basket, Fairbairn found space to zero in from the outside. The senior guard buried three of his five three-point shots during the period. Hull would go a perfect six of six from the foul line in the frame as Margaretville pulled away.

Tournament honors
Hull finished with 18 points on the night. That total was matched by Roscoe’s Taurino. Both were tournament all-stars. Fairbairn, who also made the all-tournament team, netted 17 for Margaretville. Bouton added 13 and VanValkenburg 10 for the Blue Devils.

Margaretville had an up-and-down performance in an opening round loss to eventual tournament champion Stamford. The Blue Devils fell behind early by double digits then stormed back pulling within 23-21 with 1:04 to play in the half. But, Frankelly Santiago would bury a three-point shot, and eventual tourney MVP, Erik Erhart, hit a two, and the Indians took a 28-21 lead at the half.
Stamford scored the first seven points in the third quarter to build a 14-point advantage before Margaretville got going again. The Blue Devils rallied behind the inside play of Hull cutting their deficit in half with less than two minutes to play in the quarter. But, senior Indian center Ryan Dianich used the baseline to score two of three straight baskets near the basket and Stamford restored order.

Erhart and Hull finished with game-high 21 point totals to lead their perspective teams. Dianich netted 16 for Stamford. Dianich and sophomore Greg Mattice were Stamford tourney all-stars.

Roxbury boys
Senior forward Kyle Ciaravino, the key offensive cog on a thin Roxbury roster, is off to a torrid start this season. The gifted senior has burned the twines scoring 64 points in his first three games. Ciaravino was deadly from the foul line sinking 14 of 16 charity stripes as Roxbury won a big conference decision, 47-35, over Jefferson.

With only seven guys on their roster, Roxbury is not blessed with great depth, but the Rockets are making the most of what they have. Nursing a one-point, 31-30, lead heading into the final quarter, Roxbury busted loose in the final quarter Friday night in Jefferson. Ciaravino went a perfect six-for-six from the charity stripe down the stretch.

Roxbury’s spot on accuracy from the line would be the difference. The Rockets scored fewer field goals than Jefferson but went 20 for 25 from the foul line as opposed to two for four for the JayHawks. The lopsided effort from the foul line supports the fact that the Rockets plays a north to south offensive game and are clutch shooters.

The Rockets needed offensive contributions to back Ciaravino’s 22-point effort. Roxbury worked by committee with everyone contributing. Dakota Corona netted nine points, Eric Shultis six, and Nick Hamil five for Roxbury.

Margaretville girls
If they had their way, the Margaretville girls’ basketball team might do away with first quarters. The Lady Blue Devils have struggled to crank their game into gear all season long. Monday night was no different in Margaretville. The Blue Devils first period output was limited to a Tess Svoboda foul shot as Margaretville dug an early 9-1 hole. This time the shortfall would be too much to overcome as the home team fell, 37-26 to Hunter-Tannersville.
It looked like the Blue Devils might have a heroic comeback in their plans for the second game in a row, when Margaretville drew within 25-19 by the end of the third period. Five different Blue Devils scored as Margaretville outscored H-T, 10-5, in the quarter.
A nine-point Wildcat run to start the final frame doused Margaretville’s comeback dreams. H-T had too much inside power down the stretch, and the Wildcats went home with a 37-26 victory.