February 15, 2011
Eagles ensured 1st place finish
The McGraw Central boys’ basketball team clinched at least a share of the Central Counties League championship Monday night with a 44-42 win over host DeRuyter.
The Eagles are now 9-2 in league play and sit a game ahead of Brookfield (8-3), with those two contenders going head-to-head in a regular-season finale Thursday night in Brookfield.
In a Center State Conference Division IV girls’ basketball game Monday night, Cincinnatus beat DeRuyter 42-25.
DeRuyter 44, Cincinnatus 42: Junior forward Wade Morse scored on a putback for the winning points with 40 seconds left as the Eagles wrapped up a share of the CCL crown and improved to 12-4 overall.
Morse’s score came after the visitors had missed two shots and collected both rebounds. DeRuyter then gave the ball back on a five-seconds call, and McGraw ran the clock down to four seconds before coming up empty on its next trip. The Rockets were unable to get a good shot off before the final buzzer sounded.
“We struggled offensively the whole night,” Eagles coach Corey Wilson said. “DeRuyter played a 2-3 zone all night and was aggressive on defense. All of our shots were contested. We tried to get into transition and get down the floor before they were able to set up, but they did a nice job in transition and were able to stop the ball.
“They led by six points in the first quarter. We tried to get inside more in the second half and were able to do that better. Matt Kenyon had nine of his 11 points for us in the second half,” he added.
The two teams were tied 12-12 after one quarter before DeRuyter rallied for a 24-18 halftime lead. The Eagles then bounced back to outscore their hosts 15-8 and take a 33-32 lead into the decisive final eight minutes.
Nick Cowen led McGraw with 15 points and also had three steals. Junior center Kenyon had 12 rebounds and three blocks to go along with his 11 points, while Austin Chambers had five rebounds, three steals and a block.
Kyle Tiffany paced the Rockets with 14 points in their regular-season finale.
McGraw was to host Blessed Virgin Mary Academy tonight in a non-leaguer prior to the showdown with the host Beavers. The Eagles will then compete in the Class D sectionals that start up next week.
IN GIRLS’ PLAY —
Cincinnatus 42, DeRuyter 25: The Red Lions overcame a slow start to win going away, outscoring the Rockets 33-15 over the middle two stanzas after only leading by one point, at 6-5, after the first quarter.
“we started out slow and made a little run in the second (14-5), then pressed in the third and got a lot of turnovers,” said Cincy coach John Rutan, whose team finished tied for second with Madison in the league at 7-3 behind champion Morrisville-Eaton and is now 9-6 overall. “DeRuyter had their full team this time; they were missing a player the first time we played them, and it took us a quarter this time to get used to it.”
Devin Blanchard had 13 points and nine steals for the winners, while Jen Rice added 11 points and Nicolette Otto had eight points and a team-high 12 rebounds. Amber Tucker led DeRuyter with 11 points and Sam Gordon added eight.
The Red Lions host Southern Cayuga Wednesday in a non-league to end their regular season, and will be involved in the Class D sectionals starting next week.
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