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The Telegram
  • BOYS' BASKETBALL: Mounties move on in C-1 playoffs

  • FEBRUARY 19 BOYS' BASKETBALL



    A two-minute spurt at the start of the fourth quarter gave Little Falls a double-digit lead in what had been a close game and the Mounties defeated Cooperstown’s Redskins 68-54 in the quarterfinals of Section III’s Class C-1 playoffs Tuesday.

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  • LITTLE FALLS 68, COOPERSTOWN 54
    A two-minute spurt at the start of the fourth quarter gave Little Falls a double-digit lead in what had been a close game and the Mounties defeated Cooperstown’s Redskins 68-54 in the quarterfinals of Section III’s Class C-1 playoffs Tuesday.
    The Mounties (11-8) had trailed by one point at halftime and took the lead for good in the final minute of the third quarter. Little Falls led 45-43 entering the final period and made a 10-0 run in the first two minutes to open a 12-point lead. The largest lead to that point had been the Mounties’ 18-9 advantage early in the second quarter.
    “We definitely played when we needed to,” Little Falls coach Brian Dodge said. “In the fourth quarter we stepped it up.”
    Theo Wind slipped around a screen and hit a three-point shot with 32 seconds left in the third quarter after Jordan Manikas had scored to give Cooperstown its final lead at 41-40. Jesse Lonis followed Wind’s basket with a putback and the Mounties would not trail again.
    Mitchell Baumeister started the decisive Mountie run with a pair of layups. Lucas Godlewski hit a hook shot in the lane then converted both shots of a one-and-one at the foul line to put Little Falls up by 10. Lonis capped the 10-point run with a basket along the baseline.
    Cooperstown (10-9) never got closer than eight points in the final six minutes of the game. Little Falls scored seven straight points in the final 2 1/2 minutes to seal the victory.
    Tyler Baumeister led Little Falls with 17 points and drew praise from his coach for his defense against Ethan Bliss, Cooperstown’s top scorer.
    “Tyler was all over the place on him,” Dodge said, “and the guys did a good job picking him up off screens.”
    Bliss, who averaged 19 points during the regular season and set a Cooperstown record with nine three-pointers in a December game against Westmoreland, hit one three-point shot and scored 11 points. Manikas led the Redskins with 19 points.
    Mitchell Baumeister and Godlewski each scored 14 points for Little Falls.
    The Mounties travel to Syracuse Saturday to play their semifinal game at Onondaga Community College’s Allyn Hall. Little Falls’ opponent will be the winner of a game between South Lewis and Beaver River that was postponed Tuesday. Thousand Islands squares off against either Sauquoit Valley or Tully in the other semifinal.
    LITTLE FALLS MOUNTIES 68, COOPERSTOWN REDSKINS 54
    COOPERSTOWN (10-9) — Sawyer Haney 3 2-4 8; Kyle Tallman 0 0-0 0; Jack Donnelly 1 0-0 3; David Zoltick 0 0-0 0; Park Summers 2 1-1 5; Nico Knull 2 2-2 6; Ethan Bliss 3 4-4 11; Grant Davine 1 0-0 2; Jordan Manikas 7 5-10 19; Kevin Frevelle 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 14-21 54.
    LITTLE FALLS (11-8) — Mike Battisti 2 1-2 5; Tyler Baumeister 6 3-5 17; Jesse Lonis 3 0-0 6; Lucas Godlewski 6 2-2 14; Mitchell Baumeister 6 2-3 14; Ben Delaney 0 0-0 0; Jordan Day 0 1-2 1; Theo Wind 2 1-2 6; Will Robinson 0 0-0 0; Brian Ewanyk 2 0-0 5. Totals: 27 10-16 68.
    Page 2 of 2 - Cooperstown      9  18  16  11 — 54
    Little Falls    15  11  19  23 — 68
    Three-pointers — Cooperstown 2 (Bliss 1, Donnelly 1); Little Falls 4 (T.Baumeister 2, Ewanyk 1, Wind 1).

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