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  • BOYS' BASKETBALL: New York Mills beats WCV in Wadas Tourney's title game

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  • NEW YORK MILLS, N.Y. — The West Canada Valley Indians fought to the end Saturday but suffered their first loss of the season in the championship game at the Ed Wadas Tournament.
    New York Mills, itself just once-beaten, won the championship at its 10th annual tournament by withstanding a strong West Canada Valley start and holding off a late rally in its 81-76 victory. The Marauders (9-1) trailed 14-2 just over three minutes into the game but came back to lead by 12 points at halftime and as many as 18 in the second half.
    The loss by West Canada Valley (6-1) leaves Waterville as the Center State Conference’s final unbeaten team. Waterville beat Cooperstown Saturday but has a game coming up this week against New York Mills.
    “At the end, that was just two good teams slugging it out,” New York Mills coach Mike Adey said. “They gave us all we wanted and I think we gave them all they wanted. We will both be better teams for it.”
    New York Mills led 45-33 at halftime in Beekman Gym and extended the margin to 18 points when Andrew Surprenant’s three-pointer put the Marauders up 58-40 midway through the third quarter. A basket by Michael Sternberg — his only field goal of the game — started a small spurt for the Indians who cut their deficit to 12 points with a Ryan Grogan basket at the end of the period.
    Jordan Yaworski drove for a basket early in the fourth quarter then went the length of the court to score and drop the margin into single digits. The baskets accounted for the first four of 20 fourth-quarter points for the senior who finished the game with 29 and was named to the tournament’s all-star team.
    West Canada Valley coach D.J. Shepardson called a timeout with 5:31 left to play and his team trailing by nine points. Yaworski came out and hit back-to-back three-point shots then threw in an off-balance layup to pull the Indians within one point at 67-66 with 3:13 on the clock.
    The layup capped an 8 1/2-minute stretch during which the Indians outscored the Marauders 26-9.
    West Canada Valley would never regain the lead. Seniors Zach Vennaro and Nick Comenale each converted on a one-and-one at the foul line to stretch the margin back to five points. The Marauders hit 23 of their first 24 foul shots on a night when Comenale, the tournament’s most valuable player, shot 16-for-18 to account for the majority of his 29 points.
    A four-point play by Yaworski got West Canada Valley as close as 71-71 at the 2:07 mark.
    After West Canada Valley made its initial run, New York Mills git back within five points at the end of the first quarter and took the lead for the first time 1:33 into the second on a basket by Terrance Nichols. Alex Williams’ three-point play put West Canada Valley up 25-24 but Zach Griffith scored on the break six seconds later to put New York Mills ahead for good.
    Page 2 of 3 - “We started taking some perimeter shots and giving up long rebounds,” Shepardson said. “That got them out on the break a little. That was the one point in the game when we weren’t attacking the basket.”
    Bobby Davenport scored 17 points with five assists for West Canada Valley and joined Yaworski on the tournament’s all-star team. Grogan finished with 10 points and Williams scored eight. Josh Sudakow had 11 rebounds and Sternberg grabbed eight. Grogan handed out a team-high six assists.
    Comenale had a four-point play during the game and hit all three shots after he was fouled on a separate three-point try. Vennaro had 16 points and 10 rebounds for New York Mills and was a member of the all-star team that also included Oneida’s Nate Carinci and Central Valley Academy’s Matt Klosner. Surprenant scored 10 points and Nichols chipped in with nine for the Marauders.
    Oneida beat Central Valley Academy 60-39 in the consolation game. Tyler Kuhn led Oneida with 14 points while Ryan Sponburgh scored 12 for Central Valley Academy.
    New York Mills advanced to the title game by beating Central Valley Academy 59-26 in Friday’s opening round. Comenale scored 25 and Vennaro had 16 with 10 rebounds. Mitchell Werenczak led Central Valley Academy with nine points.
    West Canada Valley scored the final 10 points of its first-round game and pulled out a 71-67 win against Oneida. Carinci scored 19 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter when he hit five three-pointers. West Canada Valley led 53-40 at the start of the fourth quarter but trailed 67-61 with two minutes left to play. Yaworski scored eight of the final 10 points and finished with 23, shooting 11-for-14 from the foul line. Davenport added 15 points and Sternberg scored 11.
    “(Saturday) was the second night in a row we had to battle,” Shepardson said, “and that’s why we’re here. We’re building toward something and in that respect this was a good tournament for us.”
    New York Mills plays on the road Tuesday at Poland and West Canada Valley has a game at home Wednesday against Little Falls. Central Valley Academy takes on Canastota Tuesday in Ilion.
    WEST CANADA VALLEY (6-1) — Bobby Davenport 7 2-2 17; Jordan Yaworski 11 3-5 29; Ryan Grogan 4 0-0 10; Michael Sternberg 1 2-2 4; Josh Sudakow 1 4-6 6; Cole Smith 0 0-0 0; Alex Williams 3 2-3 8; Ryan Moody 1 0-0 2. Totals: 28 13-18 76.
    NEW YORK MILLS (9-1) — Terrance Nichols 3 2-2 9; Andrew Surprenant 4 0-0 10; Zach Griffith 3 0-0 6; Luke Sunderlin 3 0-0 7; Nick Comenale 5 16-18 29; Zach Vennaro 5 6-6 16; Corey Pastorelli 0 0-0 0; Ali Hassan 2 0-0 4. Totals: 25 24-26 81.
    West Canada Valley 22 11 17 26 — 76
    New York Mills 17 28 17 19 — 81
    Three-pointers — West Canada Valley 7 (Yaworski 4, R.Grogan 2, Davenport 1); New York Mills 7 (Comenale 3, Surprenant 2, Nichols 1, Sunderlin 1).
    CENTRAL VALLEY ACADEMY (1-8) — Mitchell Werenczak 6; Kamryn Perez 2; Tyler Miller 4; Matt Klosner 11; Ryan Sponburgh 12; Mark Brough 2; Will Murray 2.
    Page 3 of 3 - ONEIDA (3-7) — Matt Hood 4; Travis Moyer 12; Daniel Shene 3; Tyler Kuhn 14; John Nish 3; Rory McCarthy 2; Nate Carinci 12; Jeffrey Coulter 6; Ryan Garbry 4.
    Central Valley Academy 16 4 9 10 — 39
    Oneida 9 17 20 14 — 60
    ONEIDA (2-7) — Nate Carinci 29; Jeff Coulter 4; Rory McCarthy 2; John Nish 4; Travis Moyer 18; Daniel Shene 2; Tyler Kuhn 5; Matt Hood 3. Totals: 21-17-67.
    WEST CANADA VALLEY (6-0) — Bobby Davenport 15; Jordan Yaworski 23; Ryan Grogan 9; Mike Sternberg 11; Josh Sudakow 3; Alex Williams 8; Ryan Moody 2. Totals: 21-22-71.
    Oneida 9 23 8 27 — 67
    West Canada Valley 24 12 17 18 — 71
    Three-pointers — Oneida 8 (Carinci 6, Coulter 1, Moyer 1); West Canada Valley 7 (Davenport 3, R.Grogan 2, Yaworski 2).
    CENTRAL VALLEY ACADEMY (1-7) — Mark Brough 2; Connor Day 2; Matt Klosner 4; Cameron Madigan 1; Will Murray 4; Kamryn Perez 1; Mitchell Werenczak 9; Ryan Sponburgh 3. Totals: 10-3-26.
    NEW YORK MILLS (8-1) — Zachary Griffith 4; Nick Comenale 25; Griffin Baur 2; Zach Vennaro 16; Corey Pastorelli 4; Ali Hassan 8. Totals: 25-6-59.
    Central Valley Academy 9 2 9 6 — 26
    New York Mills 18 15 20 6 — 59
    Three-pointers — Central Valley Academy 3 (Werenczak 2, Sponburgh 1); New York Mills 3 (Comenale 3).
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