January 7, 2013


CCL: Eagles clip rival Cincy

MORRISVILLE — In a first-place basketball showdown between contentious neighbors played on a neutral collegiate court, McGraw Central boys took control from the start.
As part of a Central Counties League Coaches vs. Cancer gathering at Morrisville State on Saturday, the Eagles secured a 13-2 first quarter lead against arch rival Cincinnatus Central and went on to post a 54-45 victory in a clash of league unbeatens.
Jon Morse scored 18 points and Nick Cowen tossed in 12 for McGraw, now a perfect 5-0 in the CCL and 8-1 overall.
“The team played well defensively, holding Cincinnatus to only 13 points in the first half,” said McGraw coach Matt Martins, his team up by seven at the break. The Eagles out-scored the Red Lions just 34-32 after intermission, but made 11-of-17 foul shots over the final eight minutes to maintain their lead.
Also as part of the court festivities at Morrisville State, Brookfield came up with a 70-63 win over DeRuyter, Tyler Eaton was one of four Madison players scoring in double figures with 19 points in a 62-44 victory over Stockbridge Valley and Otselic Valley was a 56-37 non-league winner over Tyburn Academy.
McGraw 54, Cincinnatus 45: “This defensive effort was led by strong play from David Levitskiy, Collin Pickert, Chris Sweeney and Nick Cowen from the perimeter, and tough play in the paint from our big guys,” said Coach Martins of holding Cincy scorers in check. “We moved the ball well offensively and looked to get the ball inside.”
While Morse and Cowen led the McGraw scorers, Levitskiy tossed in eight points including his side’s lone 3-pointer and Brad Hill came up with a seven-point contribution.
Cincy falls to 4-1 in league play and 6-2 overall as Nick Lindley had 12 points, Shea Feehan 11 and Mickey Halstrom nine.
“We had a bad start offensively and just couldn’t find the basket in the first quarter,” said Cincy coach Jim Halstrom. “Too many turnovers in the first quarter really got us into a hole. McGraw was very patient on offense and passed the ball around our zone, allowing them some good opportunities early.”
Cincy kept things interesting as Halstrom had all nine of his points in the second half, including a trey. Feehan added six assists and five rebounds to his 11 points, while Collin McKee scored six points and grabbed five rebounds in his first varsity start for the Red Lions.
The Red Lions pulled to within two points in the third quarter, only to have McGraw answer that challenge. “It was unselfish play offensively that helped us pull ahead late in the third quarter,” said Coach Martins.
“You can’t expect to compete with McGraw or anyone really, when you commit as many turnovers as we did early combined with eight makes out of 22 free throw attempts,” said Coach Halstrom of Cincy’s plight. “They also out-rebounded us very badly and that just allowed more opportunities and possessions for them. We did continue to work hard and played until the end, and that was very positive going forward.”
The rematch between these long-time rivals comes on Feb. 1, when McGraw visits Cincy’s gymnasium. Both teams are back in CCL action on Tuesday, McGraw visiting Madison while Cincy entertains Otselic Valley.
Brookfield 70, DeRuyter 63: The Rockets (0-4 CCL, 1-7 overall) led 37-29 at halftime, thanks to a 26-point second quarter outburst, only to have Brookfield (2-3) rally for the victory.
Zack Fish had a game-high 25 points to lead DeRuyter, while Zack Thomas was also in double figures with 16 points. Jordan Price had 19 points, Jacob Cowen 16 and Austin Warner 13 for the victorious Beavers.
DeRuyter hosts Stockbridge Valley on Tuesday.
Living Word 3, DeRuyter 0: Though able to overcome a sluggish start and play well, DeRuyter still lost to visiting Living Word 25-22, 25-15, 25-21 in Saturday’s non-league match.
“Later in the first set we were able to pick it up and get back into it, only to lose,” said Coach Gary Burdick, his Rockets falling to 3-5 on the season. “In the second set we got down and were never able to recover. In the last set we were playing very well, winning most of the set, only to see Living Word move ahead and win with some very good play of their own.”
Andrew Newton had nine kills and a pair of blocks at the net to power the DeRuyter offense, as Hayle Rosseau had five assist and Krista Lake four setting the ball. Allison O’Herien and Nadine Newton topped the team with three service aces apiece, while Lake and Rosseau had eight digs each to lead the defense.
DeRuyter returns to CCL play today, hosting Cincinnatus.


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