Sherburne-Earlville 56, Sauquoit Valley 41
SHERBURNE – Sherburne-Earlville stands alone as the last remaining undefeated boys’ basketball team in Chenango County winning its fifth straight game Wednesday night.
The Marauders scored the final seven points of the first half, and when the Indians had the contest to within seven points in the third, went on a 14-2 salvo to create a large bulge. “We can be a streaky team on offense,” said S-E coach Kevin Vibbard. “We still had too many silly turnovers that we’ll need to clean up for Friday’s game (against Cooperstown).”
Wilson Rose cleaned up, indeed, on the inside scoring 19 points – most on layups in the low post – Gabe Fowler netted 16, and Jon Pinney added 12 in the victory.
The Marauders face fellow league unbeaten Cooperstown tomorrow night, then host Westhill Saturday for the S-E Tip-Off Tournament title.
SV: Brian Gaskell, 0; David Kuhn, 2 0-1-4; Rafael Morales, 0; Cory Gibson, 5 1-2-14; Kyle Edelman, 1 1-2-3; Josh Randall, 5 0-0-11; Jared Montgomery, 0; Nick Hanretty, 4 0-0-9; Pat Julian, 0. Totals: 17 2-5-41.
S-E: Ken Knickerbocker, 0; Corey Fitzgerald, 0; Gabe Fowler, 7 0-0-16; Jon Pinney, 4 2-2-12; Drew Doscher, 2 0-0-5; Wilson Rose, 9 1-2-19; Caleb Johnson, 1 0-0-3; Garrett Porack, 0; Tom Niles, 0 1-2-1; Dan Leet, 0; Ethan Sconzo, 0. Totals: 23 4-6-56.
Score by quarters
SVal. 12 8 13 8–41
S-E 18 12 18 10–58
Fouled out: none. Three-point goals: (SE) Pinney 2, Fowler 2, Johnson, Doscher. Officials: Griffin, S. Berg.
Oneonta 69, Norwich 43
ONEONTA – Oneonta’s second line of scorers made the Tornado pay in the first quarter, and the Jackets made a 12-point first-stanza lead hold up in pulling away for the 26-point win Wednesday.
It was the first loss for the Tornado after a three-victory start to the season. “They are very good, but it’s a deceiving final score,” said Norwich coach Mark Abbott. “We fought really hard with them up until the final quarter.”
Norwich’s focus on defense was to slow Dan O’Brien and Andrew Tenace, the top two returning scorers for Oneonta. In limiting those two, guard Lance Ratchford pocketed 10 points in the first, and senior forward Devin Vanderhoof nailed three baskets for another six markers. Combined with Norwich’s inability to finish on the inside, Oneonta led 20-8 at the first turn.
That same double-digit margin held until a 17-3 final quarter left the tally a bit more lopsided than one might think. “We tried to make it happen (a comeback) too fast in the last quarter, and we didn’t play well offensively,” Abbott said. “We did everything we weren’t supposed to do.”