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The Times
  • BOYS' BASKETBALL: St. Johnsville wins Kermit Weaver Tournament

  • MARCH 3 BOYS' BASKETBALL The youngest division of the St. Johnsville Youth Center’s annual spring basketball tournaments came down to the play of some of its most experienced participants. Dylan Klock, already a two-year varsity starter as a freshman, ear...
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  • The youngest division of the St. Johnsville Youth Center’s annual spring basketball tournaments came down to the play of some of its most experienced participants.
    Dylan Klock, already a two-year varsity starter as a freshman, earned the most valuable player award for his role in leading St. Johnsville to the Kermit Weaver memorial Tournament championship on the Saints’ home court.
    Klock and the Saints were 62-56 winners over Herkimer March 3 to complete an unbeaten run through the seven-team tournament for seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders.
    St. Johnsville had already beaten Herkimer once on the first day of the double-elimination tournament.
    Herkimer led 29-21 at halftime of the championship game before Klock scored 14 of his game-high 18 points in the second half. Devin Battisti, a tournament all-star, added three three-pointers and 13 points after playing a scoreless first half and two other Saints scored in double figures; David Anselmo scored 12 points and A.J. Hayes had 10.
    Mitchell Scherer, a freshman who played in Herkimer’s varsity squad this winter, scored 15 points in the second half and led his team with 17. John Zaleski added 12 points and Adam Kirkpatrick, another varsity freshman, chipped in with 11.
    Scherer and Anselmo joined Battisti on the tournament all-star team along with Herkimer’s Derek Newman and Poland’s Cameron Tabor.
    Newman scored 105 points in Herkimer’s six tournament games — Klock had 93 in four games — while Tabor led Poland into the winners bracket semifinal opposite St. Johnsville.
    St. Johnsville played twice each day. The Saints defeated Little Falls 52-42 in the opening game behind 20 points from Klock and 14 from Peyton Johnson. Klock scored 32 points, a tournament-high, in St. Johnsville’s 60-40 win over Herkimer. Klock was again the high scorer with 23 points as St. Johnsville defeated Poland 57-29 to earn its place in the finals.
    Poland marched to the winners bracket semifinal with wins against Adirondack (60-20) and West Canada Valley (53-39) on the first day. After losing to St. Johnsville, the Tornadoes moved to the second semifinal and were beaten 65-57 by Herkimer; Newman scored 18 points for the victors while Tabor had 25 in defeat.
    Herkimer made it to the championship game despite a loss in its first game. The Magicians shook off their first loss to St. Johnsville and defeated Adirondack 57-44 behind 20 points from Newman and 16 from Kirkpatrick. Herkimer was a 74-59 winner against West Canada Valley early on the second day — Newman scored 22 points while Scherer had 19 — then faced the task of playing the tournament’s final three games in succession. Scherer scored 24 points and Newman had 16 in a 59-58 come-from-behind win over Little Falls — Herkimer had trailed 23-19 at halftime — then beat Poland to set up the championship game.
    West Canada Valley’s Josh Chapin had the tournament’s second-highest scoring performance, a 31-point effort in the Indians’ 76-45 win  against Mt. Markham.
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