Mohawk knocks S-E out of division title chase

Boys’ Basketball

Mohawk 61, Sherburne-Earlville 57

SHERBURNE – Mohawk avenged a loss to Sherburne-Earlville last weekend, and ended the Marauders’ Center State Conference Division II title hopes.

Trailing the Marauders 29-27 midway through the third quarter, Mohawk used a 14-1 run to take an 11-point lead, one that allowed the visiting team to prevail.

“We were getting good shots, we just didn’t make ours, and Mohawk’s players made theirs,” said S-E coach Kevin Vibbard. “We struggled with their dribble penetration in the first half, but I felt we shored that up in the second half. I guess our defensive rotations were not as quick as they should have been. Ultimately, that stretch in the third quarter is what cost us the game.”

Cameron Yerton had 15 points for S-E (10-6), and Randy Briggs added 12. The Marauders host Waterville on Wednesday.

Mohawk: Hunter Watkins, 2 2-2-6; Greg Laubenstein, 0; Paul Joyce, 0; Joe Smith, 3 2-7-8; Mike Santillo, 0 2-2-2; Corbin Woodruff, 7 1-1-15; Carson Murphy, 5 5-6-16; Kianan, McCarthy, 4 2-3 10; Ram Nichols, 2 0-0-4. Totals: 23 14-21-61.

S-E: Randy Briggs, 5 2-3-12; Cameron Yerton, 5 2-2-15 Paul Romanenko, 3 0-0-9; Branden McDaniel, 1 2-2-4; Cole Hodges, 3 2-4-8; Ethan Johnson, 3 1-1-9; Sam Caton, 0; Matt Piazzi, 0. Totals: 20 9-12-57.

Moh. 12 13 16 20–61

S-E 15 11 7 24–57

Fouled out: none. Three-point goals: (SE) Romenko 3, Yerton 3, Johnson 2. (M) Murphy. JV: S-E won 45-36. Officials: Bennett, Szelkowski.

Unadilla Valley 58, Afton 47

AFTON – Unadilla Valley won for the third time in four games, and with its seventh win this season is in position to qualify for the Section IV playoffs.

After Afton closed UV’s halftime lead to three at the end of three periods, the Storm regrouped behind sophomore Justin Hofer. Hofer scored nine of his game-high 27 points in the last quarter. He added 10 steals and eight rebounds to his night. “Justin was just everywhere tonight,” said UV coach Matt Osborne. “They had Davis (Adam of Afton) guarding him close, but Justin picked it up on defense. He had some steals and easy buckets out of that.”

The Storm also had 10 points from Brett Smith to win for the sixth time in nine games. “We’ve come together pretty nicely in the second half of the season,” Osborne said. “Guys know their roles and we’re playing pretty good defense.”

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