MARATHON — Diego Castellot was unstoppable as he helped propel top-seed Marathon into the Section 4 Class D Tournament semifinals.
Castellot scored 32 points in the Olympians’ 76- 31 rout over ninth-seed Margaretville Friday inside McDonald Gymnasium. Marathon (17-3 overall) will meet fourth-seed Richfield Springs (20-2) in one of the two semifinal games at SUNY Oneonta Tuesday. Richfield Springs was a 77-60 winner over fifth-seed Jefferson (16-6) Friday.
The other semifinal will feature second-seed South Kortright (19-2) against sixth-seed Hunter-Tannersville (15-7). South Kortright was a 58-44 winner over 10th-seed Davenport (12-10) while Hunter-Tannersville upset third-seed Edmeston (18- 3) 63-60. “The guys were dialed in tonight,” Marathon coach Jim Holland said. “The seniors played well and took care of business. I’m really pleased with the focus thus far. We played our style of ball and played defense together. We know every game gets tougher from here on in and we now have to refocus and prepare for Richfield Springs.”
The defending Section 4 Class D champion took a 17-10 lead in the first quarter while getting their footing after not playing since the IAC Overall Small School Championship game Feb. 20. Castellot scored nine of the Olympians 17 points in the quarter. Kenyon DePuy, Andrew Tillotson and Owen Hoyt chipping in.
Marathon really put the game way in the second quarter with 24 points while holding Margaretville to just two points. Castellot was on fire with 13 points in the quarter. Tillotson added seven points in the quarter and Braeden Morrison netted four points as the Olympians halftime lead stood at 41-12.
The Olympians had their biggest scoring quarter in the third as the team netted 33 points for a 74-25 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.
Castellot capped his busy night with 10 points in the third quarter and he was rested in the fourth quarter. Owen Hoyt scored nine of his 11 points in the third quarter and DePuy netted four of his eight points in the third quarter.
Tillotson was the only starter on the floor in the fourth quarter, but even his time was limited. He finished with 12 points in the game without scoring in the fourth quarter.
Morrison finished with 10 points in a relief role for Conor Holland who left the game in the first quarter.
“Braeden Morrison played super defense as he stepped in the absence of Conor who is out with a foot injury,” said Holland, who is Conor’s father.
Billy Miller scored 18 points for Margaretville as the Devils close out their season at 12-8. Trevor Ferrero and Michael Gavette added four points each.
“Great send off game for the boys,” Holland said as Marathon played its final home game of the season.
Indians eliminated in Class C quarterfinals
The Groton boys’ basketball team saw its season come to an end with a 61-50 loss at fourth-seed Greene Friday night.
The 12th-seeded Indians (11- 11) got a good start and led 17-11 after one quarter. Greene (15-5) began to chip away at the Indians’ lead as the Trojans pulled to within 31-28 by half-time. Greene took control in the second half. It began with a 44-39 lead after three quarters. Drew Erickson helped the Trojans seal the victory by going 10 for 10 from the foul line in the fourth quarter as Greene increased its final advantage to 11 points. Erickson netted 14 points for Greene while Nate Barry had a game high 21 points. Nolan Butler added 12 points to the Trojans’ total.
Kalib Manning paced Groton with 19 points. Kade Eldred pitched in with 13 points and James Lucey had 12 points.
Marathon girls in action tonight
The Marathon girls basketball team will be in Class D quarterfinal action tonight as the sixth seeded Olympians (11-10) travel to third-seed Franklin (15-2) for a 6 p.m. contest.