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The Telegram
  • BOYS' BASKETBALL: Hamilton hangs on against Mt. Markham

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  • HAMILTON, N.Y. — The Mt. Markham Mustangs cut a 17-point fourth quarter down to six in the closing moments Thursday but Hamilton’s Emerald Knights held on to win 66-58.
    Hamilton led 54-37 after scoring the first four points of the final period. Mt. Markham cut the margin to eight at 62-50 and got to six on Travis Nelson’s three-point shot with 3.5 seconds left. Hamilton added a pair of free throws for the final eight-point margin of victory.
    Mt. Markham (5-6, 1-5 CSC-III) started the game by taking a 9-5 lead and last led at 11-10 before Hamilton scored the final eight points of the first quarter.
    Logan Bailey had the final two foul shots and led the Emerald Knights (8-3, 4-0 CSC-II) with 14 points. Zach Wilcox scored 12 points, Zach Bow had 11, Brent Harris had 10 and Bryce Belanger contributed nine to a balanced attack. Wilcox also had five steals and six rebounds.
    Nelson scored 20 points to lead the Mustangs and made four steals. Tyler Ostrander added 13 points and 15 rebounds, and Mike Alsante had 11 and six.
    Mt. Markham takes on Morrisville-Eaton at home Tuesday.
    HAMILTON 66, MT. MARKHAM 58
    MT. MARKHAM (5-6, 1-5 CSC-III) — Travis Nelson 7 4-6 20; Tyler Ostrander 6 1-7 13; Mike Alsante 4 1-2 11; Chad Collins 1 2-2 4; Aaron VanValkenburgh 2 3-5 7; Kris Pontero 1 0-0 3; Adam Westbrook 0 0-2 0. Totals: 21 11-24 58.
    HAMILTON (8-3, 4-0 CSC-III) — Zach Dow 3 5-6 11; Matt VonDauber 1 1-1 3; Pat Salmon 1 0-2 3; Zach Wilcox 4 2-2 12; Bryce Belanger 3 1-2 9; Logan Bailey 3 7-8 14; Brent Harris 3 4-4 10; Andrew Holcomb 2 0-0 4. Totals: 20 20-25 66.
    Mt. Markham 11 13 13 21 — 58
    Hamilton 18 16 16 16 — 66
    Three-pointers — Mt. Markham 5 (Alsante 2, Nelson 2, Pontero 1); Hamilton 6 (Belanger 2, Wilcox 2, Bailey 1, Salmon 1). JV — Mt. Markham won.
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