Boys' Basketball: Slow Start Hurts S-E In Tournament Championship Game
Published: December 6th, 2021
By: Patrick Newell

Vernon-Verona-Sherrill 62, Sherburne-Earlville 45

Cooperstown 50, Unadilla Valley 46

Sherburne-Earlville 67, Cooperstown 38

V-V-S 78, Unadilla Valley 28

SHERBURNE– Vernon-Verona-Sherrill had the size advantage inside, but it was first-half miscues that accounted for much of the difference in VVS's Sherburne-Earlville Tournament championship game win over the Marauders on Saturday night.

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"They're big, quick and athletic," said S-E head coach Kevin Vibbard. "In the first half, we turned it over too much, which led to easy buckets (for them)."

Elijah Donegan had 13 points in the second quarter for the Red Devils - including three 3 balls - lifting his team to a 37-15 halftime lead over the host club.

The Marauders rebounded with a strong third quarter closing the deficit to as little as 12 points. Zach Trass scored nine of his 11 points in the second half, while Brock Weidman hit for eight of his team-high 17 points.

"I'm proud of the fact we fought back," Vibbard said. "We gave an outstanding effort in the second half. We could have rolled over, and we didn't. That shows we have an opportunity to have a good season."

Friday, the Marauders (2-1) blanketed the Cooperstown offense building a 27-11 halftime lead en route to a 67-38 victory.

Weidman scored 18 points in the victory, and Taylor Gryzmkowski added 12 in a balanced team scoring performance.

"Our defense just wore (Cooperstown) down," Vibbard said. "I liked our defensive intensity, and our discipline in halfcourt sets."

The Marauders play at Mount Markham on Tuesday.

Unadilla Valley and Cooperstown matched up in the tournament's consolation game, and Hawkeyes prevailed over the Storm, 50-46.

Charlie Lambert had two threes and scored 10 of his game-high 20 points in the third helping Cooperstown take a three-point lead into the fourth quarter.

The Storm struggled from the foul line during the game hitting just 2-of-9, but were 0-for-5 in the final quarter.

Zach Smith scored 12 points for UV, while Zach Fleming and Trent Marinelli netted 10 apiece.

Championship Game

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VVS: Ben Donnelly 0, Mike DiGiorgio 1, Isaac Jacobs 8,  Ben Wittman 18, Jackson Horodeck 2,  Ethan Killian  0, Bryce Palmer 11, Elijan Donegan 20, Nate Costello 0. Totals:  25-FG, 7-12-FT - 62.

S-E:  Toby Frisbie 0, Ethan Simonds 2, Taylor Gryzmkowski 4, Preston Eaves 7, Brock Weidman  17, Zach Trass 11, Darren Miles 0, Garrett Fleming 2, Jack Rodman 2, Aaron Key 0. Totals:    16-FG, 9-14-FT 45.

Score by quarters

VVS 18 19 12 13--62

S-E:    8  7  20  10--45

Three-point goals:    S-E 4 (Weidman 4); VVS 5 (Donegan 4, Palmer).

S-E 67, Cooperstown 38

Cooperstown:  Montana Wyatt-Joseph 3, Ethan Kukenberger 11,  Kalen Dempsey 2, Peter Kiuber 8, Tray Davis 6, Chris Criqui 2, Cooper Bradley 0, Conrad Erway 1, Dillon Burns 0, Charlie Lambert 5 , Garet Bush 0. Totals:  14-FG,  6-11-FT -38

S-E:  Toby Frisbie 9, Ethan Simonds 4, Taylor Gryzmkowski 12, Preston Eaves 9, Brock Weidman  18, Zach Trass 7, Darren Miles 2, Garrett Fleming 0, Jack Rodman 6, Aaron Key 0. 24-FG, 13-19-67,

Score by quarters

Coop.  4  7  17  10-38

S-E  14  13  19  21--67

Three-point goals:  (Co) 4 (Kukenberger 2 Kiuber, Lambert). S-E 6 (Frisbie 2, Gryzmkowski 2, Eaves, Weidman).

Consolation Game

Cooperstown 50, Unadilla Valley 46

Cooperstown:  Wyatt Montana 2, Ethan Kukenberger 9, Kalen Dempsey 2, P.J. Kiuber 13, Tray Davis 4, Conrad Erway 0, Charlie Lambert 20.  FG-20 FT 5-9-50.

UV:  Zach Fleming 10, Colin Gilbert 2, Keegan Platt 2, Zach Smith 12, Trent Marinelli 10, Ben Gorrell 8, Kaden Butts 2. 20-FG, 2-9-FT-46.

Score by quarters

Coop  11  10 19-10-50

UV  12  9  16  9--46

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Three-point goals:  Cooperstown 5 (Lambert 4, Kiuber). UV 4 ( Smith 2, Marinelli 2)

Friday

V-V-S 78, Unadilla Valley 28

UV (0-3):  Dakota Johnson 3, Zach Fleming 2, Colin Gilbert 11, Ben Gorrell 10, Kaden Butts 2. 13-FG, 1-3-FT, 28.

  VVS:  Ben Donnelly 4, Mike DiGiorgio 4, Isaac Jacobs 9, Ben Wittman 23, Ethan Killian 2, Bryce Palmer 7, Elijah Donegan 17, Nate Costello 12.  34-FG 3-6-FT-78

Score by quarters

UV  6  7  4  11--28

VVS  22 18 30  8-78

Three-point goals:  UV 1 (Johnson). VVS 5 (Donegan 2, Palmer, Wittman, Jacobs)

All-Tournament Team:  Charlie Lambert, Cooperstown;  Brock Weidman, S-E; Zach Trass, S-E;  Ben Wittman, VVS (MVP); Elijah Donegan, VVS, Bryce Palmer, VVS.




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