WINDSOR — The Marathon boys’ varsity basketball team got off to a good start, had a sloppy middle third of the game and closed out with a flourish Tuesday night. It was all part of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class D Sub-Regional win by the Section 4 champions over Section 1 champion Children’s Village at Windsor High School.
Diego Castellot scored a game high 17 points and Owen Hoyt added 14 points as Marathon (20- 3 overall) posted a lopsided 61-33 victory. The Olympians are slated to face Section 11 champion Smithtown Christian (10-9) in the State Regionals, but no site and day has been announced after Center Moriches High School in Section 11 backed out of hosting the game on Long Island. A number of other games were postponed last night and rescheduled, some due to coronavirus worries. That is leading to a lot of speculation as to what will be happening with the rest of the state tournament. A conference call between Section Directors and NYSPHSAA Executive Director Dr. Robert Zayas is scheduled for 11 o’clock this morning.
Zayas actually responded to the announcement of the meeting late last night on Twitter.
“Received several calls tonight related to a conf call with Section Directors tomorrow. This mtg is designed for me to provide an update on Championships & answer questions. This mtg will NOT determine fate of championships. At this time championships will be hosted as scheduled.” – Dr. . Robert Zayas,
NYSPHSAA Executive Director. Marathon senior guard Diego Castellot and Olympians’ head coach Jim Holland offered their thoughts after the game.
“We always hope we can play to finish out,” Castellot said. “I’ve been here five years so it would be nice to finish, but you always have to be careful. Hopefully we will get it done.”
“There were a bunch of games rescheduled from tonight to tomorrow, so hopefully that is a good thing,” Holland said.
“We’ve got a team back from last year and here we are sitting and awaiting our fate. We don’t want it to end like this. These guys would rather end things on their own terms.”
As for the game, Marathon bolted to a 7-0 lead in the first minute of the game. Kenyon DePuy scored twice in the paint and Castellot nailed a 3-pointer from the left elbow. The Olympians continued to pour it on and built a 20-7 lead in the first quarter.
The second quarter began with DePuy scoring inside off an Andrew Tillotson assist, but things got sloppy from there. Children’s Village (4-17) outscored Marathon 6-5 the rest of the quarter. The Olympians still had a 25-13 at the break, but needed to regroup.
“We should have won the game tonight,” Castellot said. “We were very confident, but we got sloppy. We got too comfortable. We just thought we had it.We did have to go back to our game. They are a good team because they won their section so we just had to keep playing.”
“It’s a win,” Holland said. “We talked about it in the locker room. They have some good athletes, but we just need to play together and run our stuff. We did get a little complacent in the first half. We started pointing fingers. We weren’t rebounding well as a team and we weren’t shooting good as a team. We had six turnovers in that second quarter, that shouldn’t happen with seniors.”
Marathon shot 35.7 percent (10 for 28) in the first half to 23 percent (6 for 26) for Children’s Village. The Hawks held a 24-16 advantage in rebounding.
The Hawks scored the only two points in the first three minutes of the third quarter, but Marathon got back on track, used a 12-0 run get going and built a 47-24 cushion after a 3-pointer by Conor Holland closed out the quarter.
“We did come back out in the third quarter and took care of business,” Coach Holland said. “We ran some set plays in the quarter and they worked. We still have some work to do.”
Marathon continued to roll in the fourth quarter as Coach Holland began emptying the bench. All 12 players on the Olympians’ roster got playing time in the fourth quarter. Damian Randall and Trent Ensign each collected two points in the final minutes of the game for Marathon.
In addition to his 17 points, Castellot joined DePuy (9 points) and Conor Holland (7 points) with six rebounds each while Andrew Tillotson pulled down five rebounds and netted six points. Castellot and Tillotson led the team with five assists each and Hoyt had a team leading five steals.
Dezmound Singleton was the leading scorer for Children’s Village with 15 points and seven rebounds. Kevoy Fisher added nine points and nine rebounds.
Children’s Village finished with a 43-37 edge in rebounds, but the Hawks were hurt by 23 turnovers.