February 22, 2013
Cincy squads in quarters split
Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Cincinnatus junior Matt Lindley moves the ball down court with Lyme’s Timmy Morrow in pursuit during the second quarter of the Red Lions’ 44-33 Section 3 Class D quarterfinal win Thursday night.
The Cincinnatus boys’ basketball team got a third game against its top rival while the Red Lion girls saw their season end in Thursday night sectional Class D action.
The boys, seeded fourth, beat visiting No. 5 Lyme 44-33 to improve to 15-3 and will face top-seeded McGraw (17-1) Sunday at Onondaga CC’s Allyn Hall in the semifinals.
The Red Lion girls, seeded fifth, were beaten by host No. 4 Sackets Harbor 47-29 in a quarterfinal contest and closed at 10-8 overall.
Cincinnatus 44, Lyme 33: The hosts rolled to a 12-1 first-quarter lead and never looked back, though the Indians stayed relatively close. Coach Jim Halstrom’s squad was up 19-11 at halftime and 30-24 after three quarters.
“We wanted to get off to a good start on Lyme, knowing that their Troy Wilson is a prolific scorer who really gets to the basket and can score from anywhere,” Cincy coach Jim Halstrom said. “We shared the ball well early and Nick Peri and Mickey Halstrom each knocked down a 3-pointer in that first quarter. We rebounded the ball very well against a very big, physical team, and that was an important focus for us entering the game. But our zone defense was the story in the first and throughout the game as we did a great job of anticipating the pass to Wilson and closing on him when he did get the ball.
“We were a bit sluggish offensively in the second quarter but remained intense on defense and were quite positive going into halftime. We knew patience on offense in the second half would be the key to finishing. Mickey hit a trey coming out of halftime and we got some good opportunities to score at the basket, which allowed us to maintain the lead and gave us some confidence to get the ball into our bigs. Our guys were very patient offensively in the fourth quarter and controlled the final four minutes by making good decisions and taking care of the ball. Our defensive effort was as impressive as I’ve seen in some time.”
Senior guard Halstrom and sophomore forward Collin McKee led the winners’ balanced attack with eight points each, while junior guard-forward Shea Feehan and senior forward Nick Lindley scored six each. Senior guard Nick Peri and junior guard Matt Lindley both finished with five points. McKee was Cincy’s leading rebounder with eight, while Nick Lindley (three steals)and Feehan had seven boards apiece. Mickey Halstrom dished out a team-high four assists.
Lyme, which finished at 15-5, got 13 points from Troy Wilson and 10 from Darius Reed.
McGraw swept the Red Lions during the regular season, winning 54-45 at home on Jan. 5 and 39-29 at Cincy on Feb. 1 in Central Counties League play.
Sackets Harbor 47, Cincinnatus 29: The two-time defending Center State Conference Division V champion Red Lions stayed with their hosts for the first two quarters before an 18-5 third-quarter edge by the Patriots (11-6) did them in. The hosts were up 9-8 after one quarter and 8-6 at halftime.
“At halftime we felt pretty good about our chances,” Cincy coach John Rutan said. “They went to a 3-2 zone in the third quarter and we didn’t move off the ball well. They also cranked up their intensity on the boards hard
“We went man-to-man and press in the first half and caused several turnovers, but didn’t capitalize with points. in the second half they handled our press better.”
Junior guard Devin Blanchard led all scorers with 17 points for Cincy and also had a team-high eight rebounds, while junior forward Elizabeth Golicki added six points and six rebounds. Sophomore forward Carly McUmber had seven rebounds.
Jenna Field scored 13 points for the winners, who will meet No. 1 Oriskany (20-0) in the semifinals in a noon start on Sunday start at Allyn Hall.
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