Greene Holiday Showcase
Chenango Valley 78, Greene 53
Trumansburg 60, Oxford 57
Chenango Valley 42, Greene 34
GREENE – Matt Mullins followed up a 23-point game in the semfinal round with a career-best 32 points in leading Chenango Valley to a title win over the host Trojans in Friday’s Greene Holiday Showcase final.
Mullins canned 7-of-10 from three-point range and scored 23 points in the first half to spark his club to a 40-27 lead.
Greene made a brief run early in the third closing to 40-32 after a Chris Engler bucket. Chris Mack and Mullins answered quickly just 11 seconds apart with a pair of three balls to kickstart an 11-3 run and put the game out of reach. “We didn’t do a good job of getting to their shooters, and we knew we had to stop their penetration and kickouts,” said Greene coach Jeff Paske. “We made a little run to start the third, but just like that, it was back to 14 points and that was it.”
CV was 10-for-18 on three-point attempts and over 50 percent shooting for the game. Mullins’ 55 points over two games earned him Most Valuable Player honors.
Engler scored 15 for Greene and Mike Porter added 14 in the loss.
Oxford fell short in the consolation game to Trumansburg as it failed to hit a three-point shot to tie the game down the stretch.
In a back-and-forth contest, Oxford’s leading scorer, Ben Burdick, went down with an ankle injury with just under five minutes left in the game, and didn’t return. “That hurt us (Burdick’s injury) because he has been our go-to guy down the stretch in tight games,” said Oxford coach Tim Davis.
Burdick led his club with 15 points.
Plagued by foul trouble in the first half, the Trojans’ girls fell behind CV by double digits and did not recover in Friday’s final.
Donnalynn Cross, named the tourney’s MVP, led the Warriors with 13 points, while Alanna Cooney added 12.
Trojans starters Jess Smith, Liz Wentlent, and Lizzy Buhl all sat significant minutes in the first half with foul maladies, and in that two-period stretch, Greene managed just 12 points and trailed by 11 at halftime. “Those are three important scorers for us, but we still managed to hang in the game defensively,” said Greene coach Bill Case. “CV is a disciplined team, so when they got the lead, they worked the shot clock down. I did feel we did a nice job in the second half and outplayed them.”