Devils celebrated their senior night Friday at home with a convincing and important 58-44 victory over the always-competitive Charlotte Valley Wildcats. The Devils finished their regular season 10-6 overall and 5-3 in Delaware League play. That qualifies them for sectionals. Going into the game, both Margaretville and Davenport were 4-3 in Delaware League play. The winner would secure fourth place and qualify to play in the Delaware League’s post-season championship tournament. And, according to coach John Bernhardt, “ It was senior night and it was nice for the seniors to get a win in their final home game.”
The Devils opened the scoring about two and-a-half minutes into the contest on a layup by sophomore Connor Joedicke and then never trailed as the raced out to a 14-4 firstquarter lead. Putting aside their season-long nemesis of too many turnovers, the Devils took much better care of the ball for most of the night and it paid them instant dividends. Behind six points in the second quarter by their big man, senior Curtis Roberts, the Devils increased their margin at the half to 27-16. A pair of threes by the Wildcats’ Greg Zuill led Davenport’s 12 points in the second.
The Devils came out strong after the half and 16 points in the quarter, with Roberts again leading the way behind two threes and a layup, extended their lead to 43-29.
Again it was Roberts who led the way in the final frame as the Wildcats tried to rally. Seven points by the Devils’ center, along with four each by Billy Miller and Ivan Herrera, kept pace with the Wildcats as each team scored 15 in the final frame.
After the game coach Bernhardt commented, “We played hard defensively all night long. Dave Ruff is coordinating our defense and he had the guys switching up our defensive assignments all night long. They executed the changes well. Ivan Herrera was incredible on defense, picking off 10 steals on the night. Davenport played in a manto man defense all night long. A big factor for us was the penetration of both Billy Miller and Connor Joedicke. Billy scored several driving layups as part of a 20-point night. He went four for four from the foul line. Connor dished out five assists and added a few drives of his own. In addition, in recent games, Curtis Roberts has been wandering to the outside. Last night he reestablished himself as a presence around the basket. I thought it was perhaps our most sustained four-quarter effort on both sides of the floor for the season.”
Roberts, who also dominated the backboards at both ends of the court, led all scorers with 22 points including a pair of threes and a four-for-seven effort from the foul line. Junior Billy Miller’s steady scoring, with five points in each of the first two frames and then six and four in the final two frames, gave the Devils 20 on the night. Sophomore Ivan Herrera hit for four two pointers including two in the final frame. Sophomore Connor Joedicke’s steady play at point guard helped settle the Devils’ turnover issues as he scored six points on the night. Senior Ian Stanton had one two-point bucket.
The Wildcats had two players in double figures with Jordan Wamsley hitting for 19 followed by Greg Zuill’s 14. Zuill’s effort included four baskets from three-point range. Warren Quigley added seven and Dylan Ward and Ryan Zuill chipped in two points each to round out the Wildcats scoring.
As a team, the Devils were eight of 14 from the line while the Wildcats hit just two of six.