A tale of two halves for Oxford

Boys’ Basketball

Oxford 53, Delhi 31

OXFORD – It was a complete reversal of fortune – and momentum – Friday night at Oxford.

The Blackhawks fell behind by 10 points after one quarter, and found themselves trailing 27-19 at halftime. Delhi made five out of seven three-pointers and shot 60 percent from the field in the first half to grab the early thing. “We came out flat again, that has been one of our more consistent things,” said Oxford coach Tim Davis. “We didn’t change defenses, but we came out and played the way we are capable. We were just all over them.”

Delhi scored just four points in the second half, and the eight-point lead turned into a 22-blowout win for Oxford. Caden Izard was 8-for-11 from the field to finish with a season-high 17 points, and Andrew Golden went 8-for-12 from the field to also scored 17 points. Justin Schray contributed an all-around floor game dealing out five assists to go with five steals, six rebounds, and seven points.

After a slow start, Oxford finished 23-for-44 from the field.

Delhi: Ben Gifford, 6 2-2-16; Brandon Simonds 1 0-2-3, Carson King, 0; Macnaught, 0; Ethan Jhan, 0; Connor Tucker, 1 0-0-3; Brandon Snyder 1 0-0-3, Tyler Hymers, 2 0-0-4, Ben Denison, 0; Zack Fogle, 0, Brian Hannigan, 1 0-0-2, Jimmy King, 0. Totals: 12 2-4-31.

Oxford: Justin Schray, 3 0-0-7; Ryan Moore, 2 2-2-6; Andrew Golden, 8 0-0-17; Paul Wonka, 1 2-3-4; Dustin Harding, 0; Eric Dilfer, 1 0-0-2; Caden Izard, 8 1-2-17; Corey Olsen, 0. Totals: 23 5-7-53.

Del. 17 10 2 2–31

Oxf. 7 12 16 18–53

Fouled out: none. Three-point goals: (O) Gifford, Simonds, Tucker, Snyder, (O) Schray, Golden. JV: Oxford won 46-25 (first win of season). Officials: Stepanovsky, Barber.

S-E 44, Adirondack 41

ADIRONDACK – Sherburne-Earlville combated Adirondack’s superior size and strength with quickness and tenacity to win a hard-fought road game on Friday night.

Sam Caton, outsized on the interior, put 15 points in the books with his ability to drive to the basket. Forward Cole Hodges, also fleet afoot, added 10. “They were a very physical team, but we took it to the rim strong and drew a lot of fouls,” said S-E coach Kevin Vibbard. “We didn’t convert as many of those foul shot opportunities as we needed to.”

S-E was 10-for-27 from the foul line in the game, its worst effort of the season, and was 5-of-12 from the charity stripe in the last quarter. “Some nights, you just don’t shoot it well,” Vibbard said. “But we played really good defense. When you give up just 41 points, you’re going to win a lot of games.”

S-E (3-1) hosts Clinton on Wednesday.

S-E: Randy Briggs, 1 5-11-7; Carter Cole, 0; Jesse Yerton, 1 1-2-4; Sam Caton, 6 3-9-15 ; Paul Romanenko, 0; John McDaniel, 0; Cole Hodges, 5 0-3-10; Mick Khoury, 1 0-0-3 ; Austin Jasper, 1 1-2-3; Matt Smith, 1 0-0-2.Totals: 16 10-27-44.

Adirondack: Justin Kranbuhl, 2 4-5-8; Ryan Dellerba, 3 3-4-9; Nick Hardy, 4 0-0-8; Colton Cihocki, 0; Tyler Pocchiari, 2 0-0-4; Gabe Acey, 0; Josh Howland, 0; Aaron Woodworth, 0; Brandon Grenier, 3 2-4-8; Will Brown, 2 0-0-4. Totals: 16 9-14-41 .

S-E 12 14 9 9–44

Adir. 8 12 10 11–41

Fouled out: none. Three-point goals: (SE) Yerton, Khoury. JV: S-E won 70-30.

Unadilla Valley 62, Deposit 44

DEPOSIT – With leading scorer Justin Hofer slowed by a nagging injury, Unadilla Valley seniors, Brett Smith, and Brandon Miles, picked up the slack on the scoring end in Friday night’s road win.

Smith, coming off a two-point night against Walton, had a team-high 14 points, while Miles shrugged off a slow start to the season scoring a season-best 12. Jesse Ranger added nine points and Kurt Haycook eight to round out a balanced scoring lineup, and UV pulled away in the third outscoring the Lumberjacks, 14-3. “They were getting some easy baskets in transition against us in the first half, but we clamped down on defense in the third, and we continued to make shots,” said UV coach Matt Osborne. “It was nice to see four guys (other than Hofer) score at least eight points. Everyone played and had a chance to contribute.”

UV (3-1) hosts Sidney on Wednesday.

UV: Kurt Haycook, 1 6-6-8; Jack Wilcox, 1 0-2-2; Jesse Ranger, 4 1-2-9; Brandon Miles, 5 1-2-12; Justin Hofer, 3 0-0-7; Nate Mackey, 0 1-2-1; David Anderson, 1 2-2-4; Brett Smith, 5 2-2-14; Gunnar Sheldon, 0; Nate Shackelton, 0 2-4-2; Kevin Thomas, 1 0-0-3, Dylan Aikins, 0. Totals: 21 15-22-62.

Deposit: Evan Thomas, 5 0-0-11; Yelton Feringa, 2 0-0-4; Derek Lenio, 3 1-1-9; Josh Koch, 0; Austin Becker, 1 3-5-5; Matt Mills, 0; Mike Zuroha, 4 0-5-8; Jason Spry, 1 0-1-2; Shane Winans, 1 1-4-3; Trevor Hunter, 1 0-0-2. Totals: 18 5-16-44.

UVall 18 19 14 11–62

Dep. 15 13 3 13––44

Fouled out: (D) Mills. Three-point goals: (UV) Smith 2, Miles, Hofer, Thomas, (D) Leneio 2, Thomas. JV: UV won.

Greene 71, Harpursville 52

GREENE – Greene had its best offensive game of the season hitting four three-pointers in the first half to grab a 38-26 advantage.

Jeff Carlin scored 22 points for the Trojans, and Sam Adams had another double-double scoring 16 points and grabbing 11 boards. Ryan Borst added 14 points.

“We just got off to a great start. We hit some threes and we had some fast-break points,” said Greene coach Rick Smith. “They kind of made a game of it in the middle quarters, but it was nice to finish the way we did.”

Greene led by 11 entering the fourth quarter. Carlin had six in the last quarter and Adams four to extend the lead to nearly 20 points.

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