LITTLE FALLS, N.Y. — The Little Falls Mounties outscored Sherburne-Earlville 18-2 over a 6 1/2-minute stretch of the second half Monday and rallied for a 67-55 win over the Marauders.
The Mounties (9-2) tied the game at the end of the third quarter then scored the first 10 points of the fourth. After trailing by as many as 11 points in the first half, they found themselves down 48-42 with two minutes left in the third quarter. Theo Wind, who had already cut the margin from seven points to four with a three-pointer on his previous shot, delivered another three for Little Falls. Todd Hubbell delivered another three to tie the game at 48 and the teams traded baskets in the final minute of the period.
The fourth quarter went all the Mounties’ way. Wind drove for the go-ahead basket on the opening possession and Mitchell Baumeister added a pair of free throws. The score remained 54-50 until Rahmere Greene grabbed a rebound and went the length of the floor for a layup with 5:32 left to play, prompting Sherburne-Earlville coach Kevin Vibbard to call a timeout.
Wind would add two free throws and Hubbell a reverse layup for a 60-50 Little Falls lead before Sherburne-Earlville (8-3) could end its scoring drought.
The Marauders would get no closer than eight points in the game’s final two minutes.
Sherburne-Earlville had started fast. The Marauders led 24-16 at the end of the opening period and never trailed through the first three quarters.
“I thought if we could hold them to 55 points or less we could get a win,” Little Falls coach Brian Dodge said. “We did it but it didn’t look good early.”
The Mounties hit their mark by holding Sherburne-Earlville to 15 points in the second half.
“We did a nice job defensively in the second half,” Dodge added.
Baumeister led Little Falls with 20 points, shooting 17-for-20 at the foul line on a night when he was limited to a single three-pointer from the field. Baumeister shot 12-for-14 in the first half to keep the Mounties in the game.
“I thought Mitchell Baumeister did a nice job in the first half going to the basket,” Dodge said. “He was the only one in the first half so at halftime I said, ‘Guys, if he can do it, you can do it.’”
The Marauders kept fouling in the second half and Little Falls shot 30-for-41 from the line as a team, including 11-for-14 in the fourth quarter. Sherburne-Earlville attempted only 10 foul shots of its own.
Wind was 7-for-9 at the line and had 17 points and three steals for Little Falls. Greene added 14 points, 14 rebounds and seven steals. Sam Yallowitz had four steals and blocked three shots and Hubbell had eight points and three assists.
Page 2 of 2 - Austin Jasper led Sherburne-Earlville with 12 points. Ben Khoury scored 11.
The Mounties were on the road Tuesday for a game at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill.
LITTLE FALLS 67, SHERBURNE-EARLVILLE 55
SHERBURNE-EARLVILLE (8-3) — Elijah Morris 3 1-2 7; Cody Marango 1 2-4 4; Julienne Alsheimer 2 0-0 4; Derek Capria 3 0-0 9; Ben Khoury 5 0-1 11; Austin Jasper 6 0-3 12; Brady Elderkin 0 0-0 0; Keith Rose 0 0-0 0; Kevin Vibbard 3 0-0 8; James Osborne 0 0-0 0. Totals: 23 3-10 55.
LITTLE FALLS (9-2) — Sam Yallowitz 0 3-6 3; Mitchell Baumeister 1 17-20 20; Theo Wind 4 7-9 17; Rahmere Greene 6 2-4 14; Brian Ewanyk 2 1-2 5; Todd Hubbell 3 0-0 8; Will Robinson 0 0-0 0; James Amuso 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 30-41 67.
Sherburne-Earlville 24 16 10 5 — 55
Little Falls 16 18 16 17 — 67
Three-pointers — Sherburne-Earlville 6 (Capria 3, Vibbard 2, Khoury 1); Little Falls 5 (Hubbell 2, Wind 2, Baumeister 1). JV — Little Falls 66, Sherburne-Earlville 58.