Slow start keys OV defeat in D finals

SYRACUSE – Otselic Valley has shown the ability to make up ground, but even the Vikings have their limits.

New York Mills won its third Class D title in five seasons, and beat OV for the second time in three years, 70-62, in the Section III D-2 finals Saturday afternoon at Manley Field House.

Fred Russ, a burly 260-pound sophomore, put back an offensive rebound and converted a three-point play with just over a minute left to secure the Marauders’ victory. Russ finished with 22 points for Mills, who jumped out to 20-4 lead in the first quarter, and led 37-24 at halftime. Midway through the third quarter, the lead was pushed to as many as 18.

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