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  • BOYS' BASKETBALL: Morris knocks Richfield Springs from unbeaten ranks

  • JANUARY 11 BOYS' BASKETBALL ROUNDUP Levi Decker and Mike DeLuca combined to score 38 points for Morris Friday as the Mustangs beat the previously undefeated Richfield Springs Indians 62-50. The Mustangs led by as many as 20 points in the first half and held on ...
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  • MORRIS 62, RICHFIELD SPRINGS 50
    Levi Decker and Mike DeLuca combined to score 38 points for Morris Friday as the Mustangs beat the previously undefeated Richfield Springs Indians 62-50.
    The Mustangs (8-1, 6-1 TVL) led by as many as 20 points in the first half and held on as the Indians (8-1, 5-1 TVL) pulled within 10 in the fourth quarter.
    Richfield Springs, ranked ninth in the state in Class D, cut its 20-point deficit to 12 before Cody Myers hit a three-point shot at the buzzer signaling the end of the first half. Myers scored all seven of his points in the second quarter and helped Morris hold a 37-22 lead at the break. Decker, who led the Mustangs with 20 points, sat for most of the second quarter with two fouls.
    Decker scored the first seven Morris points of the second half and the Mustangs led 45-26 in the middle of the third quarter. A 9-1 Richfield Springs run brought the Indians back within 11 at the end of the period and Joe Kelly drove for a basket that made it a 10-point game with 5:15 left to play. Morris called a timeout and Decker hit a three-pointer to start a 7-0 run while the Indians went 3 1/2 minutes without scoring.
    DeLuca had 18 points for the Mustangs who won their third consecutive game.
    Ben Smith led Richfield Springs with 16 points, including 10 in the third quarter. Keegan Wheelock-Tanner added 13 points and Kelly scored 11. The Indians struggled at the foul line, shooting 2-for-12 in the first half and 6-for-17 overall.
    Richfield Springs’ next game is Wednesday at Milford.
    MORRIS MUSTANGS 62, RICHFIELD SPRINGS INDIANS 50
    MORRIS (8-1, 6-1 TVL) — Kerry Smith 2 1-2 5; Levi Decker 8 2-3 20; Mike DeLuca 5 6-7 18; Aidan Staib 2 3-4 7; Cody Myers 3 0-0 7; Skylar Maricle 2 1-5 5. Totals: 22 13-21 62.
    RICHFIELD SPRINGS (8-1, 5-1 TVL) — Keegan Wheelock-Tanner 5 1-2 13; Lucas VanRiper 3 1-6 7; Joe Kelly 5 1-6 11; Thomas Worobey 0 0-0 0; Steven Holland 1 0-0 3; Ben Smith 6 3-3 16. Totals: 20 6-17 50.
    Morris    18  19    9  16 — 62
    Richfield Springs    11  11  13  15 — 50
    Three-pointers — Morris 5 (Decker 2, DeLuca 2, Myers 1); Richfield Springs 4 (Wheelock-Tanner 2, Holland 1, Smith 1).
    FORT PLAIN 81, GALWAY 34
    GALWAY, N.Y. — The Fort Plain Hilltoppers took a 20-point lead in the first quarter Friday and coasted to an 81-34 win over Galway’s Golden Eagles.
    Five players scored eight or more points for Fort Plain (7-4, 5-3 WAC North) which topped its 24-4 first-quarter scoring spree by outscoring the winless Golden Eagles (0-12, 0-8 WAC North) 25-4 in the third. Jake Sardina led the victors with 13 points while Marcus Failing had 12, Stephen Belden added 10 and Zach Florian and Chris Hanifin each scored eight.
    Andrew Izzo led Galway with 10 points.
    The Hilltoppers are home Tuesday for a game against Western Athletic Conference North Division-leader Canajoharie.
    FORT PLAIN HILLTOPPERS 81, GALWAY GOLDEN EAGLES 34
    Page 2 of 3 - FORT PLAIN (7-4, 5-3 WAC North) — Stephen Belden 4 2-2 10; Marcus Failing 5 0-0 12; Austin Filmer 2 0-1 5; Zach Florian 3 2-2 8; Chris Hanifin 4 0-0 8; Eric Orologio 3 1-1 7; Ryan Potter 2 0-0 4; Joe Ray 2 0-0 6; Jake Sardina 6 0-0 13; Zach Sweet 2 1-2 5; Tim Wolfe 1 1-2 3. Totals: 34 7-10 81.
    GALWAY (0-12, 0-8 WAC North) — Dan Diaz 3 0-0 6; Tyler Goergen 2 0-0 4; Dylan Gregory 3 1-4 7; Zachary Hartman 1 0-0 2; Andrew Izzo 4 3-10 11; Dayjohn Marshall 1 1-2 4; Austin Williams 0 0-1 0. Totals: 14 5-17 34.
    Fort Plain    24  19  25  13 — 81
    Galway      4  14    4  12 — 34
    Three-pointers — Fort Plain (Failing 2, Ray 2, Filmer 1, Sardina 1); Galway 1 (Marshall 1).
    CANAJOHARIE 48, SARATOGA CATHOLIC 42, overtime
    CANAJOHARIE, N.Y. — The Western Athletic Conference’s North Division-leading Canajoharie Cougars needed overtime to beat Saratoga Catholic 48-42.
    The Cougars (10-2, 7-1 WAC North) trailed by two points at the start of the fourth quarter and held Saratoga Catholic (6-6, 5-3 WAC North) to eight points through 12 minutes of the final period of regulation play and overtime. The game went to overtime tied at 39 and Canajoharie outscored the Saints 9-3 in the extra session to pull out its second win against Saratoga Catholic this season. Canajoharie also defeated the Saints 67-65 on the road in december.
    Dillan Veeder scored 15 points and hit three of his four foul shots in overtime for the Cougars. Josh Gonzalez added 11 points and Kevin Shannon scored 10.
    Michael Naughton and Keegan Murphy each had 13 points for Saratoga Catholic which saw its three-game winning streak end.
    Canajoharie plays Tuesday at Fort Plain. The Cougars have won seven consecutive games since suffering a 62-55 loss at home Dec. 12 against Fort Plain.
    CANAJOHARIE COUGARS 48, SARATOGA CATHOLIC SAINTS 42, overtime
    SARATOGA CATHOLIC (6-6, 5-3 WAC North) — Cameron Coons 1 0-2 2; Bryan Hall 3 0-0 7; Keegan Murphy 4 5-9 13; Michael Naughton 5 3-5 13; Luke Spicer 1 1-2 4; Jesse Winters 1 0-0 3. Totals: 15 9-18 42.
    CANAJOHARIE (10-2, 7-1 WAC North) — Zach Bowerman 0 1-3 1; Zach Folts 3 1-1 7; Josh Gonzalez 5 1-1 11; Karl Gustafson 1 0-2 2; Zach Ouderkirk 1 0-0 2; Kevin Shannon 4 0-0 10; Dillan Veeder 4 6-8 15. Totals: 18 9-15 48.
    Saratoga Catholic    11  12  11    5    3 — 42
    Canajoharie    13    7  12    7    9 — 48
    Three-pointers — Saratoga Catholic 3 (Hall 1, Spicer 1, Winters 1); Canajoharie 3 (Shannon 2, Veeder 1).
    ILION 75, FRANKFORT-SCHUYLER 46
    FRANKFORT, N.Y. — The Ilion Golden Bombers got 28 points from  Herschel Ivey and 24 from Brandon Harrigan in Friday’s 75-46 win against the Frankfort-Schuyler Maroon Knights.
    The Golden Knights (8-3) led by 21 points at halftime on the road. They outscored Frankfort-Schuyler (2-8) 23-8 in the first quarter.
    Mark Spina led the Maroon Knights with 12 points, Richard Morocco had 11 and Mitch Shortt scored 10.
    Ilion plays at home Wednesday against Mohawk while Frankfort-Schuyler travels to Rome Catholic.
    ILION GOLDEN BOMBERS 75, FRANKFORT-SCHUYLER MAROON KNIGHTS 46
    ILION (8-3) — Brandon Harrigan 24; Hershel Ivey 28; Ryan Burger 6; Ryan LaChacz 4; Cameron Madigan 4; Will Murray 2; Bob Paddock 7. Totals: 29-9-75.
    FRANKFORT-SCHUYLER (2-8) — Mark Spina 12; Richard Morocco 11; Mitch Shortt 10; Joe Juliano 8; Dante Migliore 3; Nick Cooper 2. Totals: 19-3-46.
    Page 3 of 3 - Ilion    23  16  16  20 — 75
    Frankfort-Schuyler      8  10  16  12 — 46
    Three-pointers — Ilion 8 (Harrigan 4, Burger 2, Ivey 2); Frankfort-Schuyler 5 (Morocco 2, Spina 2, Migliore 1).

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