February 18, 2016

Red Lions ousted at home

bballBob Ellis/staff photographer
Kyle Loomis of Cincinnatus goes around Patrick Harrienger of Sackets Harbor for two points in Wednesday’s Class D contest.

Staff Writer

CINCINNATUS — The third quarter told the story Wednesday night as the fifth-seeded Sackets Harbor boys’ basketball team met host No. 4 Cincinnatus Central in the Section 3 Class D quarterfinals.
The two teams went into halftime of a low-scoring game tied 17-17, but the Patriots went on an 11-1 run over the first 2:39 of the third, ended up outscoring the Red Lions 19-9 in the quarter and never looked back en route to a 55-35 win.
In another Class D quarterfinal Wednesday night, second-seeded New York Mills was a 69-49 winner over visiting No. 10 McGraw.
“They made their shots and we didn’t,” Cincy coach Rich Borst said after his team had closed out the season at 14-5. “We hung in there and kept it a close game in the first half, then couldn’t hit any shots in the third or fourth quarter.
“We were off, and we’ve played good defensive teams before. We beat (D semifinalist and Central Counties League champion) Madison there and lost to them on a buzzer-beater here. Sometimes you just need a little luck.”
“Defensively I thought our energy was great all night,” said Sackets Harbor coach Jeff Robbins, whose team, which utilized an aggressive 2-3 zone, is now 17-5 and on an 11-game winning streak. “But that parlayed on the offensive end into us being so hyped up that we missed a lot of easy shots.
“We adjusted by moving our point guard (senior Kyle Gonseth) off the top to allow him to penetrate from the corner and told our players that if they got open for a good shot to take their time catching the ball and not to be in a hurry. Once we got up by 10 we were pretty confident, but Cincy came back and scored the next eight points. We ended up winning by 20, but it was a closer game than that because they had to foul down the stretch and we hit our free throws.”
The Cincy run Robbins referred to came after his team had used its early third-quarter run to go up 28-18. The hosts then scored the next eight points, six of those by senior forward Kyle Loomis, to make it a 28-26 game with 3:24 left in the period.
SACKETS HARBOR sophomore guard Eric Fillingham then hit a pair of 3-pointers, book-ending three missed shots by Cincy, and senior forward Kyle Larkin hit a layup with 39 seconds left to give the visitors a 10-point cushion again, 36-26, heading into the fourth.
The Red Lions got no closer than seven the rest of the way, that coming on a nice spin move inside by senior swingman Cody Beckwith to make it a 41-34 game with 2:19 left. The Patriots then scored the game’s next eight points on free throws as the hosts, who went from a 3-2 zone to man-to-man down the stretch, were forced to foul.
Two 3-pointers from Sackets Harbor reserves, sandwiched around the hosts’ final point, on a free throw by senior guard Jacob Crane, accounted for the final margin.
Cincy led 11-10 after the first quarter and grabbed its biggest lead of the night, 14-10, when Beckwith drained a trey 1:16 into the third.
Beckwith finished with a double-double, scoring a game-high 15 points and also grabbing a team-high 11 rebounds, while Loomis had 12 points and seven rebounds. Senior guard Casey Feehan had two assists and two steals to lead the Red Lions in both categories.
Sackets Harbor sophomore swingman Cadin Berie also had a double-double with 11 points and 16 rebounds while also coming up with four steals. Gonseth finished with 11 points and four assists while sophomore guard Eric Fillingham had nine points on a trio of 3-pointers and junior center Pat Harrienger also had nine points as well as seven rebounds to pace the winners to a 39-28 advantage in that category.
“We played with a lot of energy, starting with the bench,” Berie said. “This team has a lot of heart and came out strong and built on that to get the win.” Asked about his personal performance, Berie noted that “It’s all about the team getting the win. That’s the most important thing.
“It’s always fun to play someone you haven’t seen, to show them that we’re from the North Country and came to play. Maybe the bus ride contributed to us being a little cold at the start, but we had a lot of fun on the way down and were focused when we stepped off the bus.”
“CADIN HAS GROWN a lot this season,” Robbins said. “He’s matured and been able to channel his frustrations in good ways. He’s played great ball for us the last month or so.”
“I saw Sackets Harbor play Saturday and it wasn’t much of a game, so it was hard to tell much about them,” Borst said, the Patriots 75-48 first-round winners over No. 12 Lyme. “The guys stayed with it and I’m proud of that. We had a great season.”
The Patriots will next face top-seeded Oriskany (22-0) in the semifinals, that contest set for Saturday starting at 2:45 p.m. at Onondaga CC’s SRC Arena. The Redskins, ranked third in the state in Class D, beat No. 9 Hamilton 77-48 Tuesday in their quarterfinal contest.
New York Mills 69, McGraw 49: The host Marauders, ranked seventh in the state in Class D, moved to an 18-7 lead after the first quarter and never looked back in improving to 19-3 on the season.
“We struggled in the first quarter to gain momentum offensively,” Eagles coach Matt Martins said. “We began to battle back in the second quarter, improving our offensive effort and moving the ball better than in the first quarter. Chris Legg (senior center) and Carter Towsley (junior guard) did a nice job for us off the bench and each contributed offensively as well as a great defensive effort. In the second half we struggled to gain momentum as our team got into foul trouble.
“Aiden Dittmann (senior forward) did a real nice job of defending their key player, Terrance Nichols, and Chris did a good job playing physical in the paint.”
McGraw trailed 33-23 at halftime and was down 49-37 after the third. Senior forward Justin Shorts led the Eagles, who finished 11-8 overall, with 21 points, complemented by junior guard Devon Tuttle with 10.
Nichols, a senior guard, led all scorers with 23 points for New York Mills while senior forward Ben Kehrli added 13, sophomore guard Paul Ward had 12 and senior forward Griffin Baur had 10. The Marauders will face third-seeded Madison (17-5), the Central Counties League champion, in Saturday’s other semifinal at SRC Arena, starting at 4:30 p.m. The host Blue Devils shaded No. 6 West Canada Valley 77-75 Tuesday night in the quarterfinals.
“I would like to congratulate the team on a successful season and wish Madison, the last remaining CCL team in the tournament, luck the rest of the way,” said Martins.
The Class D sectional championship game will take place at the SRC Arena on Feb. 27, with an 11 a.m. tipoff.


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