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The Telegram
  • BOYS' BASKETBALL: Mounties blow lead, come back to beat Herkimer

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  • HERKIMER, N.Y. — The Little Falls Mounties trailed Herkimer by 10 points with 2 1/2 minutes left to play Friday and rallied to beat the Magicians 50-46 on the road.
    Rahmere Greene’s putback started a 14-0 Little Falls run with 2:24 left on the clock. Greene missed a chance to make it a three-point play but Sam Yallowitz grabbed the rebound on a bounce and kicked the ball out to Theo Wind for a three-point shot that brought the Mounties within five points.
    “We were outhustled pretty much the whole game,” Little Falls coach Brian Dodge said. “Honestly, Herkimer deserved to win this game. We played hard the last two minutes, hustled and got out with a win.”
    Wind’s three-pointer gave him his first points of the game and was the only successful shot from beyond the arc for the undefeated Mounties (6-0, 4-0 CSC-II). Little Falls, ranked 14th in the state in Class C, had missed its first 17 three-point tries.
    Mitchell Baumeister was fouled on Little Falls’ next possession and made two free throws then added a layup with an assist from Wind who had stolen the ensuing inbounds pass.
    “Theo played great,” Dodge said of the senior guard who scored all seven of his points in the final 2:17.
    Following a Herkimer timeout, Baumeister made a steal of his own and set up a layup by Wind that gave Little Falls a 46-45 lead with 1:18 let to play. Wind then made another steal and converted two free throws to put his team up by three points in the final minute. Baumeister added two more free throws to complete the Mountie scoring.
    Herkimer had used a 29-7 second-half run to turn an 11-point deficit into an 11-point lead. The Magicians were down 27-16 after Baumeister had the first basket of the second half. They cut Little Falls’ lead to one point twice in the third quarter then scored the first 13 points of the fourth and went ahead 45-34 on Mitchell Scherer’s drive to the basket with 3:41 left in the game. Scherer missed a free throw with a chance to make it a three-point play and Andrew Stilwell missed two foul shots a minute later as Little Falls rallied and took the lead back.
    Greene led Little Falls with 14 points and nine rebounds. Brian Ewanyk added 11 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots while Baumeister also scored 11 points.
    Scherer had 22 points, 10 rebounds and three steals for Herkimer. Malik Briggs also had 10 rebounds and Tucker Vogt had six assists and three steals.
    Holiday tournament looms next on both teams’ schedules. Herkimer meets the host school Friday in the first round of the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Tournament while Little Falls heads to Canajoharie and also meets the host team at the Andy Palmer Tournament.
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    LITTLE FALLS (6-0, 4-0 CSC-II) — Sam Yallowitz 1 0-0 2; Mitchell Baumister 3 5-7 11; Theo Wind 2 2-2 7; Rahmere Greene 6 2-7 14; Brian Ewanyk 4 3-4 11; Todd Hubbell 1 1-2 3; Will Robinson 1 0-0 2; Sean Ward 0 0-0 0; Jon Willman 0 0-0 0; James Amuso 0 0-0 0; Michael Luppino 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 13-22 50.
    HERKIMER (1-4, 1-3 CSC-II) — Andrew Stilwell 1 2-4 4; Malik Briggs 3 0-0 6; John Zaleski 0 0-0 0; Mitchell Scherer 9 3-8 22; Derek Newman 1 0-0 3; Ryan Stilwell 0 2-4 2; Jeremy Adamson 0 1-2 1; Tucker Vogt 1 0-0 2; Zach Harrington 0 0-0 0; Michael Barreto 0 0-0 0; Josh Wilcox 0 0-0 0; Isaiah Herron 3 0-1 6. Totals: 18 8-19 46.
    Little Falls 15 10 9 16 — 50
    Herkimer 8 8 16 14 — 46
    Three-pointers — Little Falls 1 (Wind 1); Herkimer 2 (Newman 1, Scherer 1). JV — Little Falls 69, Herkimer 40.
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