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  • BOYS' BASKETBALL: West Canada Valley wins 30th Joe L. Green Tourney

  • MARCH 10 BOYS' BASKETBALL One win against Utica’s Notre Dame Jugglers put the West Canada Valley Indians in the championship game at the Joe L. Green Memorial Tournament Sunday. Another gave the Indians the championship at the St. Johnsville Youth Center’s 30th annual f...
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    One win against Utica’s Notre Dame Jugglers put the West Canada Valley Indians in the championship game at the Joe L. Green Memorial Tournament Sunday. Another gave the Indians the championship at the St. Johnsville Youth Center’s 30th annual fund-raising tournament for returning varsity players.
    A big run early in the first half gave West Canada Valley control of finale against a Notre Dame squad playing its fourth game of the day. The Indians wound up winning 79-68 at St. Johnsville High School.
    An 83-79 win against Notre Dame earlier in the day gave West Canada Valley the clearer path to the championship for the 11-team, double-elimination tournament. With competition compressed into one weekend with 20 games over three days, the teams contending on Sunday all faced long roads to the final. Notre Dame had already beaten Little Falls 70-59 before it met West Canada Valley in the winners bracket semifinal.
    West Canada Valley had gotten a second game in Saturday and entered the semifinal with fresher legs. The Indians overcame a tournament-high 35-point performance by Juggler Devin Warmack and a five-point halftime deficit behind Jordan Yaworski who shot 11-for-12 at the foul line and scored 16 of his team-high 26 points in the second half. Ryan Moody added 13 points and Alex Williams scored 12 as West Canada Valley earned a two-game break with its pass into the championship game.
    Notre Dame was left to play again against the survivor of an elimination game between Poland and Owen D. Young. Cameron Tabor’s 27 points led Poland to the 65-57 win; Marty Collins scored 24 in the loss for Owen D. Young.
    Poland, also a 65-51 winner over Herkimer in the first of the day’s nine games, stayed on the court to meet Notre Dame and was eliminated with a 74-54 loss. Ryan Berman hit four three-pointers in the first half and led Notre Dame with 27 points while Mark Hennings countered with 20 for Poland.
    The Jugglers stayed on the court for the championship game and quickly fell behind. A 19-0 West Canada Valley run put the Indians up 23-4 midway through the first half. Notre Dame answered with an 11-4 run of its own and cut its deficit to seven points at halftime. The Jugglers got as close as six points in the second half but West Canada Valley never surrendered the lead. Warmack, whose brother Devin played baseball at Herkimer County Community College, led Notre Dame with 22 points while Berman scored 15 but the Jugglers could not overcome West Canada Valley and its scoring balance. Yaworski, a two-year varsity starter and the tournament’s most valuable player, led the Indians with 18 points while all-stars Alex Williams and Bobby Davenport added 17 and 12, Mike Sternberg scored 11, Ryan Grogan had nine and Josh Sudakow chipped in with eight.
    Page 2 of 3 - Berman and Warmack joined Williams and Davenport on the all-star team along with Poland’s Hennings.
    West Canada Valley’s path to the championship started with a 75-50 win over Mt. Markham Saturday morning; Davenport and Yaworski each scored 16 points and Williams had 15 while Travis Nelson led the Mustangs with 10.
    The Indians routed Adirondack 100-51 in Saturday’s nightcap, racing out to a 26-2 lead before Adirondack recorded its first field goal. Five players reached double figures in that game for West Canada Valley, led by Davenport and Cole Smith with 16 points each.
    Many of the West Canada Valley players were holdovers from the team that won the Kermit Weaver Memorial Tournament as eighth- and ninth-graders in 2011. Williams and Yaworski were all-stars that year and Sternberg was the tournament’s most valuable player after the Indians defeated Owen D. Young in the title game.
    West Canada Valley was beaten by Mohawk last year in the Joe L. Green Memorial Tournament’s championship game. Notre Dame had defeated Mohawk in overtime to claim the 2011 title.
    Notre Dame got its tournament started Saturday by beating Owen D. Young 67-47. Berman matched Owen D. Young’s Collins with 20 points as the game’s high scorers.
    The Jugglers broke away from a 31-all tie early in the second half to defeat Little Falls Sunday. Berman had 20 points in the win while Theo Wind led Little Falls with 21.
    In Sunday’s other games, Hennings scored 20 points in Poland’s 65-51 win over Herkimer; Collins and Maxwell Crisman each had 19 points for Owen D. Young in a 61-46 win over Mt. Markham; Ross Agen led Poland with 18 points against Little Falls while Brian Ewanyk scored 17 for the Mounties; and Collins scored 22 while Crisman had 18 in Owen D. Young’s 62-49 win over Adirondack.
    The tournament tipped off with a pair of games Friday. Owen D. Young defeated Herkimer 78-65 in the opener with Collins scoring 28 and Mitchell Scherer leading Herkimer with 25. St. Johnsville got 23 points form Dylan Klock in Friday’s second game and defeated Galway 59-28.
    Little Falls defeated Dolgeville 60-50 in the first of nine Saturday games; Mitchell Baumeister led the victors with 16 points and Alex Johnson had 14 for Dolgeville. In other games, Herkimer defeated Galway 65-24 with Scherer scoring a game-high 15 points; Little Falls knocked Poland into the losers bracket with a 63-61 win as Baumeister (29 points) and Ewanyk (20) combined for 49 points and Hennings countered with 25; Klock and Johnny Vicciarelli each scored 24 points for St. Johnsville in a 65-56 loss to Poland as Hennings put up 21; Adirondack used a 14-2 run in the final 2 1/2 minutes to beat St. Johnsville 75-70 despite 26 points for Klock and 21 for Vicciarelli; and Mt. Markham defeated Dolgeville 58-46 as Brandon Lewandowski scored 23 points for Dolgeville and Nelson led three Mustangs in double figures with 14.
    UTICA-NOTRE DAME — Kevin Warmack 10 0-4 23; Jerome Brabham 3 2-3 8; Ryan Berman 6 1-2 15; Alex Rocci 2 0-0 4; Alex Rushton 4 0-0 8; Quinn Davis 1 0-0 2; Carl Warnecke 1 0-0 2; DeJae Johnson 2 1-2 5. Totals: 29 4-11 68.
    WEST CANADA VALLEY — Jordan Yaworski 5 4-6 18; Alex Williams 7 2-2 17; Mike Sternberg 5 1-1 11; Bobby Davenport 5 2-2 14; Ryan Grogan 4 0-0 9; Josh Sudakow 3 2-2 8; Ryan Moody 1 0-0 2. Totals: 30 11-13 79.
    Halftime — West Canada Valley 39, Notre Dame 32. Three-pointers — Notre Dame 6 (Warmack 4, Berman 2); West Canada Valley 8 (Yaworski 4, Davenport 2, R.Grogan 1, Williams 1).

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