OXFORD – Unadilla Valley had no business playing in the MAC boys’ basketball championship game – it wasn’t even the best team in its division this year.
However, through a scheduling mistake by division winner Sidney, the Storm gained the opportunity to defend their league title, and made the best of that opportunity Saturday afternoon beating division two champion Oxford, 55-46.
Not only did UV gain an improbable repeat, but it garnered the hardware with leading scorer and all-division guard, Juston Parks, sitting out the game due to an ankle injury.
Parks rolled his ankle in practice the night before and dressed for the contest wearing an air cast. His services, as it turned out, were not needed with the big efforts of Matt Potter and Raffi Perry picking up the much-needed slack.
Potter, who didn’t play in last year’s title game, had a game-high 20 points, double-digit rebounds, and multiple blocked shots. Perry carried the scoring load in the second half netting 14 of his team’s 27 points on his way to a 19-point game.