Vikings off to best start in over 20 years

Boys’ Basketball

Otselic Valley 60, Brookfield 57

SOUTH OTSELIC – Otselic Valley won its 16th straight game, and is off to the best start in head coach Dave Loomis’ 21 seasons in a barnburner with Brookfield Tuesday.

The Beavers rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit closing the gap to two points in the last quarter. Taylor Duell hit a free throw, and the Vikings made two defensive stops in the last minute to close out the victory. “We haven’t been in many games like this lately, and we really struggled to maintain our composure and regain momentum,” Loomis said. “Luckily we had enough to hang on.”

Dillon Brown, making his first start, was credited with outstanding defensive play against the Beavers’ point guard. He finished with seven steals to complement the scoring of David Cerasani (20 points) and Taylor Duell (15 points) Duell added eight rebounds and five steals to the mix.



OV plays at McGraw Saturday.

Brookfield: Owens, 1 0-0-3; Dan Plows, 5 0-1-10; Cowen, 2 0-0-4; Bradon Davies, 8 2-2-19; Corey Plows, 1 0-0-2; Brandon Kelly, 1 0-0-2; Dan Button, 6 5-10-17. Totals: 23 7-13-57 .

Otselic Valley: Chris Olin, 3 0-0-8 ; Taylor Duell, 7 1-2-15 Cerasani, 8 4-5-20; Brad Wentworth, 2 0-0-4; Justin Shapley, 4 0-1-8; Dillon Brown, 0 1-2-1; Corey Williams, 0; Robert Guyer, 2 0-0-4. Totals: 26 6-10-60.

Bfld 11 8 13 25–57

OV 22 11 10 17–60

Fouled out: Team fouls: (B) 10, (OV) 14. Three-point goals: Olin 2, (B) Davies 1, Owens 1. JV: OV won.

Sherburne-Earlville 49, Waterville 48

WATERVILLE – Sherburne-Earlville rallied from six points down in the final minute to steal a victory at Waterville Tuesday.

Caleb Brown cut a 48-42 deficit in half hitting a three ball with 44 seconds remaining, and following a turnover, Sean Boise hit a layup with 24 seconds remaining cutting the margin to one. S-E fouled to force a one-and-one, and recovered the rebound to set up for the final shot. Coming out of a timeout, Garrett Porack hit a baseline jumper with seven seconds remaining for the win.

It was the sixth win for S-E (6-8) this season by five points or less, and the two victories over Waterville were by a combined three points. “The kids have won their fair share of close games,” said S-E coach Kevin Vibbard. “The kids have executed in those situations, and our goal is to reach .500 by the end of the season. We’re creeping closer and closer.”

Dan Leet had 10 points off the bench to lead the Marauders. Porack, Boise, and Brown all had nine.

S-E: Brett Nelson, 2 3-4-7; Caleb Brown, 4 0-0-9; Ken Knickerbocker, 1 0-0-3; Sean Boise, 4 0-0-9; Bill Craine, 0; Garrett Porack, 4 0-0-9; Phil Price, 0; Dan Leet, 5 0-0-10; Ethan Sconzo, 1 0-0-2; Ryan Collins, 0. Totals: 21 3-4-49.

Waterville: Brandon Wrobel, 1 2-3-4; Jacquays, 3 2-3-8; Jesse Bowie,7 2-2-16 ; Wes Roberts, 4 0-1-9; Brett Baumgarden, 0 1-2-1; RJ Baumgarden, 3 2-2-8; John Maine, 1 0-0-2; Viktor Selyuzhisky, 0. Totals: 19 9-13-48.


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