March 2, 2016

McGraw, Cincy trio court shine

Staff Writer

Two members of the runner-up McGraw Central boys’ basketball team and one from third-place Cincinnatus Central are members of this year’s Central Counties League all-star first team.
Senior forward Justin Shorts and junior forward Jordan Cowen represent McGraw on the elite squad, which also includes Cincinnatus forward-guard Cody Beckwith. Also on the first team are Tyler Hummer, Sam Matteson and Lincoln Pisiak from league champion Madison and Kevin Abrams from fourth-place Brookfield.
The second team consists of McGraw senior forward Aiden Dittmann, Cincinnatus senior guard Casey Feehan, DeRuyter senior forward Josh Phelps, Brookfield’s Justin Barber and, from Stockbridge Valley, Jordan Jacobs and Andrew Jacobs.
The honorable mentions are DeRuyter eighth-grade guard Frank Glisson, Cincinnatus seniors Caleb Eaton (guard) and Justin Heath (guard-forward) and Madison’s Spencer Haviland.
McGraw coach Matt Martins had the following comments on his first-teamers.
On Shorts: “Justin, a senior captain, was our leading scorer with 15 points per game. He had his two best games with 24 points in each, against Oriskany and in our first sectional game against Tyburn Academy. Justin had a solid defensive year as well, playing the middle of our zone. He was a leader on our team this year and was recognized for his efforts with first-team honors.”
On Cowen: “A junior captain, Jordan was our second-leading scorer at 14.2 points per game. He had his highest-scoring game this year against Oriskany, scoring 24 points, and his second-highest game against Fabius-Pompey with 21. Jordan was one of our best defenders and has improved offensively this year as well. For his efforts, he was also awarded first-team honors.”
Cincinnatus coach Rich Borst said of Beckwith: “Cody averaged 19.3 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and two steals per game. His being named a first-team all star is well-deserved, as he worked hard in off season to improve his game. Cody played AAU for me on the Southern Tier Rage fall league team, which consisted of top players from around the Southern Tier, and also played on the Lions spring and summer league team we had. Cody was not only was tops at his game but is tops in the class room as well. He is a very polite young man with a bright future and will definitely be missed. It was my privilege to have known him, let alone be his coach.”
The final league standings: Madison 9-1, McGraw 8-2, Cincinnatus 7-3, Brookfield 4-6, Stockbridge Valley 1-9, DeRuyter 1-9.

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