Unadilla Valley advances to MAC championship game

Evening Sun Report

Boys’ Basketball

Unadilla Valley 65, Greene 57

GREENE – Greene had no defense for Unadilla Valley, and David Dufresne in particular, in the fourth quarter Friday night.

Dufresne, a 6-foot-1 sophomore, scored 15 of his game-high 28 points in the final quarter as UV stormed into the Midstate Athletic Conference title game.

UV meets Unatego Saturday at SUNY Oneonta at 4 p.m.

“I was pretty happy with our defense, Dufresne just went off in the final quarter,” said Greene coach Rick Smith. “We tried man, we tried zone; he just made everything.”

It seemed like every UV player made everything during a 27-point final quarter. Aside from Dufresne bombing away from outside and slashing to the rim on the inside, Nick White buried a trifecta, and Nate Shackleton drove inside and canned a hoop over two larger Greene defenders.

To cap the game, UV was 10-for-12 from the foul line over the last two minutes. “We shot the ball pretty well, and we made our free throws,” said UV coach Matt Osborne. “That was the biggest difference from the first time we played (Greene).”

In a 63-50 win at UV two weeks earlier, Greene used its superior inside size to control the game. For one quarter – the first – that strategy was again effective. Brandon Davis, a 6-foot-3 senior, scored 16 in the previous win over UV. Davis had two early buckets, but picked up his second foul 4 ˝ minutes into the game, and was forced to take a seat for the rest of the first half. Colin Brooks, though, maintained Davis’ early effectiveness scoring three close-range hoops as the Trojans took a 16-8 lead into the second quarter.

Shackleton, though, carried the Storm back into contention. Shack had his team’s first 12 points of the second quarter hitting two threes and making 4 of 4 free throws drawing his team to 21-20. Dufresne scored on a layup and hit two free throws putting UV up 24-23, but Luke Erickson tied the game for Greene at halftime making a single free throw in the quarter’s final minute.

UV led through most of the third quarter before four straight free throws from Zach Wentlent and Joe Miranda gave Greene its last lead, 37-36.

UV reserve Jared Hanslmaier was fouled on a drive to the basket as time expired in the third. Hanslmaier hit both charity tosses as the Storm reclaimed the lead for good.

Shackleton finished with 16 points and White had 15.

Greene had four players score in double figures led by Davis’ 14. Wentlent had 13, Brooks scored 11, and Cameron Race added 10.

“We had four guys score in double figures, we just didn’t have anyone get consistently hot like (UV) did,” Smith said. “Unadilla Valley is playing well right now.”

Greene will host Sidney on Wednesday.

UV: Bryant Maynard, 0 1-3-1; Nick White, 6 2-2-15; Jared Hanslmaier, 0 2-2-2; David Dufresne, 9 7-8-28; Brett Hanslmaier, 1 1-2-3; Nate Shackleton, 4 6-6-16; Mason Alford, 0 0-0-0. Totals: 20 19-23-65.

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