October 20, 2021

McGraw nabs share of CCL title

CCL Boys’ Basketball

Joe McIntyre/staff photographer

McGraw's Chase Curtis (12) brings down an defensive rebound in the first quarter against Stockbridge Valley.

The McGraw boys’ basketball team clinched at least a share of the Central Counties League championship Tuesday night with a 47-36 win over visiting Stockbridge Valley.

Cincinnatus scored its first win of the season, 48-44 over visiting Madison, and host DeRuyter rolled to a 93-39 win over Otselic Valley in other league games.

McGraw 47, Stockbridge Valley 36: The Eagles finished their league season at 11-1 and improved to 15-4 overall with the win as Brendan May had a double-double with 16 points and 17 rebounds, Chase Curtis scored 13 points and pulled down nine rebounds and Caleb Smith scored eight points with six rebounds. Kaleb Jones led the Cougars (5-6, 5-13) with 15 points and Andrew Wilson added eight points.

McGraw, which hosts Blessed Virgin Mary Academy Saturday in a non-leaguer (1 p.m. JV start), led 12-5 after one quarter, 26-11 at halftime and moved to a 43-19 lead after the third before Stockbridge Valley drew closer in the fourth.

“We played really tough for three quarters and in the fourth they had some shooters get hot, scoring four three-pointers,” Eagles coach Derek Allen said. “Tonight was Senior Night and it was a great night to recognize the five seniors on the team. They won a sectional title last year and have played well this season. Chris Pickert, Chase Curtis, Brendan May, Tyler Card and Mason Bleck were all recognized at halftime.”

The McGraw JVs improved to 10-7 with a 51-45 win over Stockbridge Valley as Antonio Underwood led the way with 14 points, Caleb Knickerbocker had 10 points and two players, Dylan Ignatowski and Michael Levitskiy, scored eight points each. Steven Mariano Jr. led the Cougars with 14 points, Alexander Smith scored 13 points and Ethan Smith scored nine points.

Cincinnatus 48, Madison 44: Caden Stafford scored a game-high 23 points as the Red Lions won for the first time in 10 league games and 14 contests overall. Nolan Rice added 14 points, Cason Stafford eight points and Trent Streichert three points as the only four players to score for the winners. Cincy led 14-6 after one, 26-13 at halftime and 37-32 after three before holding on over the final eight minutes.

Eric Eaton scored 10 points and Eamonn Shields added nine points for the Blue Devils (3-8, 3-14).

DeRuyter 93, Otselic Valley 39: Frank Glisson led the way with 25 points while Benjamin Barnes and Louie Glisson scored 16 points each as the Rockets improved to 9-1 league and 15-3 overall. A 21-5 first-quarter advantage gave the winners control early and they expanded the lead to 39-13 at halftime and 68-24 heading into the fourth quarter.

Dakota Adams scored 14 points and Justin Graham chipped in with 11 for the Vikings (3-9, 4-14).

“On Senior Nght in DeRuyter, the boys turned in another dominant performance,” DeRuyter coach Ric Barnes said. “We like to play aggressive defense and like to push the ball. We scored a lot of transition points. I am pretty disappointed in our free throw percentage (12-for-23) for tonight. That will never let us advance in sectional play. The defense has been solid, and we continued that tonight. The team is working very hard and it is paying off for them now.”

The Rockets host Stockbridge Valley Thursday, the JV game getting things started at 5:30 p.m.