Sherburne-Earlville 51, Mount Markham 46
WEST WINFIELD – A furious comeback over the final two minutes allowed Sherburne-Earlville to clinch just its second division title in 25 years, Thursday night at Mount Markham.
Down 45-38 with two minutes to play, S-E finished the game on a 13-1 run to secure the top spot in division one of the Center State Conference. “The kids really fought through, and it was a great win,” said S-E coach Kevin Vibard. “The kids really wanted to clinch the division tonight.”
It was spotless offensive play combined with lock-down defense that led to the late S-E rally. Jesse Yerton hit a three ball drawing the Marauders to within 45-41 with two minutes left. One possession later, Randy Briggs provided the reward for a defensive stop pumping in a trifecta to slice the margin to one. Another defensive hold later, Yerton gave S-E the lead for keeps sinking a trey with 50 seconds left.
The Mustangs’ only answer was a single free throw with 34 seconds left. Down the stretch, Sam Caton and Paul Romanenko canned 4-of-4 from the foul line.
“They were really packing in their zone and daring us to shoot outside,” Vibbard said. “We had not made a lot of shots before then, but we have some good shooters, and we want our shooters to shoot.”
Caton and Yerton each had 12 points apiece for S-E (11-3), who host Ilion on Tuesday.
S-E: Randy Briggs, 3 0-0-7; Carter Cole, 0; Jesse Yerton, 4 0-0-12; Sam Caton, 4 4-5-12; Paul Romanenko, 1 2-2-4; Cole Hodges, 1 0-0-2; Mick Khoury, 0; Austin Jasper, 2 1-5-5; Matt Smith, 3 2-3-9. Totals: 18 9-15-51.
MM: James Beck, 0; Larry Hammill, 0; Ben Maxon, 3 2-2-10; Travis Nelson, 0; Jalen Hubbard, 3 0-0-6; Nate Hudson, 0; Josh Holtham, 3 0-0-7; Austin Kobler, 1 0-0-2; Josh Diehl, 8 5-8-21. Totals: 18 7-10-46.