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The Telegram
  • BOYS' BASKETBALL: West Canada Valley wins playoff opener

  • FEBRUARY 19 BOYS' BASKETBALL



    The West Canada Valley Indians’ balanced attack absorbed the absence of Bobby Davenport Wednesday and the fourth seed advanced to Section III’s Class C-2 semifinals with a 79-56 win over Morrisville-Eaton’s Warriors.

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  • WEST CANADA VALLEY 79, MORRISVILLE-EATON 56
    The West Canada Valley Indians’ balanced attack absorbed the absence of Bobby Davenport Wednesday and the fourth seed advanced to Section III’s Class C-2 semifinals with a 79-56 win over Morrisville-Eaton’s Warriors.
    With Davenport sidelined by an ankle injury, five other Indians scored in double figures.
    “Our main focus was on defense tonight,” West Canada Valley coach D.J. Shepardson said. “We knew we could score.”
    West Canada Valley (14-5) now waits for the winner of Wednesday’s game between Weedsport and No. 1 Mohawk to determine its opponent for Saturday evening at Allyn Hall on the campus of Onondaga Community College. Two of West Canada Valley’s five losses were against Mohawk, a five-point game in Mohawk in December and a 10-point defeat at home in January.
    Section III’s leading scorer Will Thomas had 11 points in the first quarter and gave Morrisville-Eaton (13-6) an early lead. West Canada Valley moved ahead before halftime then got eight points each from Jordan Yaworski and Jack Minasi inn the third quarter to open a 17-point lead.
    Matt Roher, the Warriors’ second-leading scorer, had all six of his points in the third quarter but suffered a cut on his forehead in the final minute and did not return to the court. Two Morrisville-Eaton players later fouled out in the fourth quarter.
    Minasi and Yaworski shared the scoring lead for West Canada Valley with 19 points each. Minasi added 12 rebounds, two steals and three assists while Yaworski had four steals, four rebounds and three assists. Ryan Grogan had 12 pints, six rebounds, three assists and two steals while Mike Sternberg and Alex Williams each had had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
    Williams, a key reserve, stepped into the lineup for Davenport who hurt his ankle in practice last week.
    “Alex is like having an extra starter,” Shepardson said. “We don’t lose anything when Alex comes in and we don’t lose anything when Josh (Sudakow) comes in.”
    Thomas, the seventh player to reach 2,000 points in Section III, finished his final scholastic game with 36 and raised his total to 2,185.
    “He’s going to score his points,” Shepardson said of Thomas. “You just try to break his rhythm a little bit, get a hand in his face. ... He’s a great scorer. You’re not going to shut him out.”
    Dakota MIller had 11 of Morrisville-Eaton’s other 20 points. Only four Warriors scored.
    Davenport is expected to return to action for the Indians Saturday.
    WEST CANADA VALLEY INDIANS 79, MORRISVILLE-EATON WARRIORS 56
    MORRISVILLE-EATON (13-6) — Matt Roher 3 0-2 6; Coby Merkle 1 0-1 3; Will Thomas 13 9-10 36; Lucas MacLaury 0 0-0 0; Dakota Miller 4 0-0 11; Aaron Olney 0 0-1 0; Alec Diable 0 0-0 0; Dan Hilts 0 0-2 0; n/a Clark 0 0-0 0; n/a Paljarvi 0 0-0 0; Brandon Episcopo 0 0-0 0. Totals: 21 9-16 56.
    Page 2 of 2 - WEST CANADA VALLEY (14-5) — Tyler Grogan 0 0-0 0; Jack Minasi 7 4-7 19; Brandon Roberts 1 0-0 2; Ryan Grogan 5 1-2 12; Mike Sternberg 5 0-1 10; Josh Sudakow 2 1-2 5; Alex Williams 4 2-4 10; Jordan Yaworski 4 9-10 19; Dalton Gorinshek 0 0-0 0; Ryan Moody 0 1-2 1; Cole Smith 0 1-2 1. Totals: 28 19-30 79.
    Morrisville-Eaton    17    8  17  14 — 56
    West Canada Valley    15  18  26  20 — 79
    Three-pointers — Morrisville-Eaton 5 (Miller 3, Merkle 1, Thomas 1); West Canada Valley 4 (Yaworski 2, R.Grogan 1, Minasi 1).
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