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December 31, 2008

 

Warriors spoil CHS party

MVP Hull leads CV to tournament crown

CHS hoopsBob Ellis/staff photographer
Trevor Williamson (20) of Cortland High splits Chenango Valley defenders Tom Hull (left) and Matt Ball (44) on his way to the basket during Tuesday’s Royal Auto Holiday tournament title game. Chenango Valley won the title, 59-45, at Shafer Gym.

By TANEY BEAUMONT
Staff Writer

The Chenango Valley boys’ basketball team had a Hull of a good time Tuesday night in the championship game of the Royal Auto Complex Holiday Tournament at Shafer Gym.
Led by 21 points — including five 3-pointers — from tourney MVP Tom Hull, the Warriors from Section 4 beat host Cortland High 59-45 to win the event, which was hosted by the CHS Athletic Booster Club.
Oxford beat Dryden 58-44 in the consolation game.
“We kind of thought our goal going in was to keep an eye on 32 (Hull’s number),” Purple Tigers coach Mick Lowie said. “We didn’t do a very good job. Their second and third shots was what it really was. A guy scoring 21 points we can deal with, but those baskets on second and third shots hurt us bad. They killed us on the boards.”
Chenango Valley finished with a 40-28 rebounding advantage.
“They played better than we did tonight, and were the better team. They executed their stuff, and we didn’t. Had we finished some shots in the first half — we had some good looks — it would have been a game,” added Lowie. “If we’d just make some of the easy ones we missed. We didn’t attack their press well. We knew going in we’d see it, but we don’t have a true point guard and are a little weak with our ball-handling.”
“I think that when they missed a couple shots from close inside early, it got to them,” Warriors coach Bob Zanot said as his team celebrated its title and improving to 7-2 on the season. “We always talk about contesting shots and rebounding misses. Against Oxford (in a 76-75 first-round win Monday night) is wasn’t as easy — they’re physical.
“Tom is one of our better long-distance shooters. Last year he went more to the inside, because there wasn’t enough room outside. But this year he’s extended his range. (Junior forwards) Matt Ball and Brian Wagstaff have allowed him to do that,” he added.
“Andy Fox (junior point guard who scored 18 points and made the All-Tournament team) and I are good shooters, and Kyle Christoffersen stepped it up last night,” Hull said, the latter held scoreless Tuesday night after scoring 18 against Oxford. “This was one of my best 3-point shooting games. My teammates looked for me and set good screens. It was a good all-around team effort. We played good inside and outside, and our 2-3 press worked. We needed all of that to win.
“We didn’t know much about Cortland. Coach told us who their good players were and how often they passed. We knew our press would work against their ball-handling. Being named MVP doesn’t mean much; it was a good win. We worked as a team and played well, and it really raises our confidence. If we continue to play hard, we’ll be all right.”
Especially if the Warriors play like they did against CHS. Hull scored 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, in the first quarter alone as his team rolled to a 17-8 lead. After sophomore forward Justin Hogan drained a trey early in the second Cortland junior guard Jeff Brown took matters into his own hands early in the second quarter, with three consecutive steals and six points in a row to tie the game at 17-17. From there, though, the visitors scored the next 10 points in a stretch of 1:33 and were pretty much in control thereafter.
Chenango Valley led 35-29 at halftime, increased the margin to 11 (46-35) after three quarters and led by as much as 17, at 59-42 after two Fox free throws with 1:23 left. Brown then knocked down a shot with nine seconds left to finish with nine points and close out the scoring.
Senior center Trevor Williamson, who had scored 31 points in a 72-56 first-round win over Dryden Monday night, again led the Purple Tigers with 17 points and made the all-tournament team, while Hogan finished with eight.
“We knew that scoring 31 points the night before, Trevor would draw some attention, and he did,” Lowie said. “he struggled to finish his shots. It was one of those games where we never got into anything good that we could do.”
“We watched Cortland against Dryden; it was a fast-paced game, and we didn’t want that,” Zanot said. “They play lots of kids, and they all can handle the ball and are active. We feel we beat a good team today.”
Hull was also the Warriors’ leading rebounder with seven, while Ball had six and Wagstaff five. Fox had seven assists and four steals, while Christoffersen had five assists and Hull four. Hogan and Williamson had six rebounds apiece to lead Cortland, while junior guard Jordan Prior had four assists and Brown four steals in all.
“Now we go back to league play, where every game is tough,” Lowie said. “East Syracuse-Minoa comes in Tuesday (5:30 p.m. JV start), and then we’re at Bishop Ludden next Friday. Every game is a battle, and we have to do everything well or we’re not in the game.”
Oxford 58, Dryden 44: Oxford (4-3) won the consolation contest as senior forward Craig Champlin scored a game-high 23 points and earned a berth on the all-tournament team. He was joined there by junior guard-forward Dan Holland from Dryden (1-6), who led his team with 16 points. Senior forward Tom Gould added 14 points for Oxford, while Dryden also got 12 from senior guard Cory Goodenough.
CORTLAND WON the junior varsity championship by beating Chenango Valley 45-35 as freshman forward-center Brandon Babcock led the Purple Tigers (5-3) with 17 points. The game was tied 18-18 at halftime before CHS outscored the Warriors 13-2 in the third to establish control. Freshman guard-forward Robert Heller scored 14 points in the losing effort.
Dryden won the JV consolation game 58-47 behind 15 points from eighth-grade forward Brian Norman and 11 by sophomore center-forward Nick Leyburn. Eighth-grade forward Andrew Golden had 14 points for Oxford.
— In the CHS Alumni game played Tuesday afternoon between the JV and varsity doubleheaders, Jack Wood from the Class of 2006 hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Youngsters an 86-83 win over the Old-Timers. It was only the second win in 12 tries for the younger group of players against their elders.

Varsity Championship
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Chenango Valley 59, Cortland 45
Chenango Valley (59): Spahic 0 0-0 0, Fox 7 2-2 18, Bakker 0 0-0 0, Moochler 0 0-0 0, Ruffo 0 0-0 0, Christoffersen 0 0-0 0, Hull 8 0-0 21, Wagstaff 4 1-2 9, Hurlburt 0 2-2 2, Bleil 0 0-0 0, Ball 4 1-1 9. Totals: 23 6-7 59.
Cortland (45): Brown 3 2-3 9, Fickenscher 0 0-0 0, Becker 2 0-0 6, Wright 0 0-0 0, Prior 1 2-6 5, Robillard 0 0-0 0, Hogan 3 0-0 8, Williamson 7 3-4 17, Wade 0 0-0 0, Bombard 0 0-0 0, Guerin 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 7-13 45.
By quarters:
Chenango Valley 17 18 11 13 — 59
Cortland 8 21 6 10 — 45
3-point goals: Chenango Valley (7)- Hull 5, Fox 2. Cortland (6)- Becker 2, Hogan 2, Brown, Prior.

Varsity Consolation
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Oxford 58, Dryden 44
Oxford (58): Trask 3 1-5 7, Covey 0 0-0 0 Seiler 3 0-2 7, Champlin 7 9-15 23, Barry 0 2-2 2, Paul 2 1-2 5, Slater 0 0-0 0, Renaud 0 0-0 0, Nelson 0 0-2 0, Gould 7 0-1 14. Totals: 22 13-29 58.
Dryden (44): Goodenough 5 2-2 12, Horton 3 0-0 6, Phillips 0 0-0 0, Welch 3 0-0 6, Barber 0 0-0 0, Dodge 1 0-0 2, Jenne 0 0-0 0, LaViere 1 0-0 2, Holland 5 5-7 16, LaSala 0 0-0 0, VanSlyke 0 0-0 -. Totals: 18 7-9 44.
By quarters:
Oxford 14 12 17 15 — 58
Dryden 5 13 8 18 — 44
3-point goals: Oxford (1)- Seiler. Dryden (1)- Holland.

JV Championship
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Cortland 45, Chenango Valley 35
Chenango Valley (35: R. Mack 0 2-3 2, K. Mack 0 0-0 0, Moyer 3 2-2 9, Hillegas 3 0-0 7, Fillers 1 0-0 3, Heller 6 2-3 14, Williams 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 6-8 35.
Cortland (45): Stacy 2 0-0 6, Tabel 2 0-0 5, J. Prior 3 0-1 7, Bardsley 0 0-0 0, Reagan 0 0-0 0, Frederickson 0 1-2 1, Mahar 2 0-0 5, Reynolds 1 2-4 4, Babcock 6 5-6 17. Totals: 16 8-13 45.
By quarters:
Chenango Valley 6 12 2 15 — 35
Cortland 16 2 13 14 — 45
3-point goals: Chenango Valley (3)- Moyer, Hillegas, Fillers. Cortland (5)- Stacy 2, Tabel, J. Prior, Mahar.

JV Consolation
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Dryden 58, Oxford 47
Oxford (47): J. Wonka 2 1-3 5, Schray 0 2-4 2, Dilfer 2 4-8 8, Carr 1 0-1 2, Golden 6 2-3 14, Moore 0 1-2 1, P. Wonka 3 0-6 7, Izzard 1 2-5 4, Davis 2 0-2 4. Totals: 17 12-32 47.
Dryden (58): Goodenough 0 0-0 0, Morrie 1 1-2 3, Norman 4 7-11 15, Rugg 2 2-3 6, Youn 1 0-0 2, Leyburn 4 3-8 11, Winston 2 1-3 5, Bookhout 1 1-2 3, Wei 1 0-0 2, Tate 2 1-2 5, Ellis 3 0-0 6. Totals: 21 16-31 58.
By quarters:
Oxford 4 11 13 19 — 47
Dryden 11 19 14 14 — 58
3-point goals: Oxford (1)- P. Wonka. Dryden- None.