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  • BOYS' BASKETBALL: Carson Murphy breaks career scoring record at Mohawk

  • JANUARY 3 BOYS' BASKETBALL Needing 11 points to break Mohawk’s career scoring record, Carson Murphy quickly took care of his personal business Thursday. Murphy scored 13 of his 30 points in the first quarter and led the Mohicans to a 71-40 victory over th...
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  • MOHAWK 71, HERKIMER 40
    Needing 11 points to break Mohawk’s career scoring record, Carson Murphy quickly took care of his personal business Thursday. Murphy scored 13 of his 30 points in the first quarter and led the Mohicans to a 71-40 victory over the Herkimer Magicians.
    “I wasn’t worried about it,” the 6-foot-3 senior said. “I just wanted to get it out of the way and focus on getting a win.”
    The milestone basket came on a layup assisted by Paul Joyce 6:19 into the game. The layup gave him 1,327 points — one more than 2009 graduate John LeClair — and he finished the game with 1,346.
    Murphy scored seven of his points during an 11-2 run that put the Mohicans (8-1, 3-1 CSC-II) up by nine points in the first quarter. Another 11-2 run put Mohawk, ranked 12th in the state in Class C, up by 16 points in the second quarter.
    The career scoring record comes just 11 months after Murphy joined Mohawk’s 1,000-point club with a single-game record 41-point performance against Ilion Feb. 6, 2012. An eighth-grader playing on the junior varsity squad at the time, Murphy was in attendance for LeClair’s 1,000th point, as well.
    “I remember it like it was yesterday,” Murphy said of the Mohicans’ Jan. 6, 2009, game against Mt. Markham.
    Luke Judd, who also coached LeClair and before him John Slopnick, has enjoyed the benefits of coaching a string of talented Mohican scorers.
    “Most coaches have a pretty good handle on what they’re doing,” the 10th-year varsity coach said. “It makes you look better when you have talented kids.”
    A varsity starter beginning the year after LeClair’s graduation, Murphy admitted to setting the 1,000-point mark and eventually the school record as goals.
    “It was definitely a goal,” he said. “I played on varsity in ninth grade and after a couple years I knew I had a chance.”
    A little help from the weather gave Murphy a chance to set the record close to home. He likely would have scored the 11 points he needed Saturday but the final round of the Ray Clement Holiday Tournament was postponed in Morris. With the Mohicans’ championship game against Edmeston on hold — it will likely be made up in Mohawk at a later date — the next stop on the schedule was neighboring Herkimer.
    “That was definitely the bright side of getting a game canceled,” Murphy said.
    Thursday’s margin continued to grow in the second half. Kainan McCarthy added 16 points and 14 rebounds for Mohawk. Murphy had four steals and three blocks in addition to his 30 points. Paul Joyce handed out five assists and Mike Santillo had four steals.
    Malik Briggs had nine points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots for Herkimer (3-5, 2-2 CSC-II). Joe McKinney also scored nine points and Dan Graziadei grabbed 12 rebounds.
    Page 2 of 2 - Herkimer takes on Little Falls at home Tuesday while Mohawk plays at Frankfort-Schuyler.
    MOHAWK MOHICANS 71, HERKIMER MAGICIANS 40
    MOHAWK (8-1, 3-1 CSC-II) — Mike Santillo 2 3-7 7; Tyler Kehl 0 1-2 1; McKensy Reardon 1 0-0 2; Jared Marquissee 1 0-0 2; Brandon Brault 1 0-0 2; Paul Joyce 0 0-0 0; Ryan Sponburgh 0 0-0 0; Connor Schultz 2 0-1 4; James Baylor 0 1-2 1; Carson Murphy 11 5-11 30; Kainan McCarthy 6 4-4 16; Eric Bowes 0 0-0 0; Derek Franco 0 0-0 0; Mitchell Werenczak 2 2-3 6. Totals: 26 16-30 71.
    HERKIMER (3-5, 2-2 CSC-II) — Mike Dobek 0 0-2 0; Joe McKinney 3 3-7 9; Mitchell Scherer 1 0-0 2; Tucker Vogt 0 0-0 0; Adam Kirkpatrick 1 0-0 2; Malik Briggs 4 1-3 9; Jeremy Adamson 0 0-0 0; Adrian Viscomi 2 0-0 6; Dan Graziadei 2 0-1 4; Demetrius Brown 3 0-0 8. Totals: 16 4-13 40.
    Mohawk    20  16  17  18 — 71
    Herkimer    11    9  14    6 — 40
    Three-pointers — Mohawk 3 (Murphy 3); Herkimer 4 (Brown 2, Viscomi 2).
    Compiled From Times Staff Reports

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