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  • BOYS' BASKETBALL: Little Falls, Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Jonsville play on in winners bracket

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  • ST. JOHNSVILLE, N.Y. — The Little Falls Mounties and Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Wolves emerged unbeaten from the third day of competition at the St. Johnsville Youth Center’s Joe L. Green Memorial Tournament to set up the winners bracket semifinal.
    Saturday saw four teams drop out of the tournament on the first day of elimination games. Adirondack, Cooperstown, Mt. Markham and South Lewis exited the 10-team, double-elimination tournament for returning varsity players.
    Little Falls won twice Saturday, running its record to 3-0, while Openheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville, needed a single victory to extend its stay to the tournament’s final day.
    Mark Aloisio scored 13 of his game-high 17 points in the second half and led the Mounties to a 54-32 win over South Lewis in the first game of the day. Preston Trumbull added 11 points for Little Falls while Dylan Durgan scored 16 for South Lewis.
    Little Falls returned to the court at noon and beat Owen D. Young 75-71. Todd Hubbell scored 15 of his 24 points in the second half and Trumbull had 17 of his 23 after the Mounties trailed 31-29 at halftime. James Amuso and Sean Ward chipped in with 12 and 10 points, respectively, for Little Falls which got up by as many as 13 points in the second half. Max Crisman led Owen D. Young with 25 points while Matt Cristman had 14 and Lynn Backus scored 11.
    West Canada Valley was a 70-47 winner against Central Valley Academy to set up its game against Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville. Bobby Davenport poured in 30 points for West Canada Valley which also got 12 Carson Marko. Kamyrn Perez led Central Valley Academy with 13 points in the Thunder’s first tournament game.
    Davenport added 23 more points in the afternoon but West Canada Valley came up short, 72-60, against Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville. The Wolves led 8-0 at the outset of the game while West Canada Valley went six minutes without scoring. The biggest Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville lead of the first half was 13 points and West Canada Valley got no closer than eight after the break. Dylan Klock’s three-pointer with 6:43 left to play started a 9-0 run by the Wolves and extended the lead to 17. Klock finished with five three-pointers and 29 points while Johnny Vicciarelli added 14 points, A.J. Hayes scored 11 and Andrew Hart had 10. Cole Smith and Dalton Gorinshek each scored 11 points for West Canada Valley.
    A busy day wrapped up with four elimination games in the losers bracket.
    •Central Valley Academy rallied from 12 points down with six minutes left to play and defeated Cooperstown 71-64. Hawkeye Christian Alexander missed a free throw with his team leading 55-43; the Thunder than scored 15 points in a row and took the lead on a three-point play by Mark Brough with 2:45 on the clock. Tyler Bertram tied the game with one three-pointer and gave Cooperstown its final lead with a another at 1:52. Brough converted a steal into a layup to break a 61-all tie. The Thunder hit six of seven foul shots and Perez scored six points in the final minute to clinch the win. Matthew Klosner led Central Valley Academy with 16 points while Brough had 14, Will Murray had 11 and Perez finished with 10. Bertram led Cooperstown with 19 points. Alexander and Grant Davine had 18 and 16 points respectively, but both fouled out and left the Hawkeyes to play the final 1:42 with four players.
    Page 2 of 2 - •The Thunder won the nightcap, as well, knocking Mt. Markham out with a 42-28 victory. Perez scored 14 of his game-high 19 points in the second half while Chad Collins led the Mustangs with 10.
    •Adirondack defeated South Lewis 40-23. Ethan Wiedmer scored 11 points and Kyle Swiecki had 10 for the victors. Josh Newman scored 10 points for South Lewis.
    •Fort Plain eliminated Adirondack with a 69-64 win. Fort Plain had an early 22-12 lead before Adirondack made a 13-2 run and took a brief one-point lead. The Hilltoppers got up by 10 again before halftime and led 35-29 at the break. Fort Plain’s biggest lead was 53-33 early in the second half but Adirondack’s Brian McConnell hit three consecutive three-pointers and started another Adirondack rally. The Wildcats got no closer than the final five-point margin. McConnell led Adirondack with 16 points while Wiedmer scored 15 and Swiecki had 14. Jon Calbet scored 20 points to lead Fort Plain; James May added 15 and Kiernan Briggs scored 14.

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