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  • BOYS' BASKETBALL: Mohawk beats West Canada Valley to clinch CSC-II title

  • JANUARY 30 BOYS' BASKETBALL If this is, in fact, the last hurrah for Mohawk Central School, the Mohicans are going out on top. Mohawk, facing a Feb. 12 district merger vote, clinched the Center State Conference’s Division II title Wednesday with a 76-66 w...
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  • MOHAWK 76, WEST CANADA VALLEY 66
    If this is, in fact, the last hurrah for Mohawk Central School, the Mohicans are going out on top.
    Mohawk, facing a Feb. 12 district merger vote, clinched the Center State Conference’s Division II title Wednesday with a 76-66 win over the West Canada Valley Indians. The Mohicans (15-1, 8-0 CSC-II) shared the league title with Little Falls last year and have lost just one league game over the two seasons.
    “I’m happy with the way we played,” Mohawk coach Luke Judd said. “These kids played hard (and) this was kind of a sectional (playoff) environment.”
    West Canada Valley (11-5, 5-3 CSC-II) kept the game close but led only after the first basket and was never tied after Mohawk scored the final four points of the first quarter. Carson Murphy broke a 15-all tie with a putback in the final minute of the first quarter — his first basket of the game — then added a layup to give the visiting Mohicans a 19-15 lead at the end of the opening period.
    The Mohicans ended the first half with an 11-3 run and led by 14 points at halftime. West Canada Valley closed to within seven points at the end of the third quarter but Mohawk broke the game open with 10 straight points at the start of the fourth.
    “Being down 14 at the half and getting it down to seven, the first few points of any quarter are important,” West Canada Valley coach D.J. Shepardson said. “I we get a few points (in the fourth quarter), we get a little bit closer. They get the first few and its back to double digits. At that point you’re battling back.”
    “They made their run at us and we responded to it,” Judd countered.
    Mike Santillo had two baskets during Mohawk’s decisive run and his breakaway layup put the Mohicans up 64-47 with 4 1/2 minutes to play. The lead was 19 points one minute later but the Indians were not ready to quit. Mohawk hit half of its 12 foul shots down the stretch, going 1-for-2 each time, and West Canada Valley made a 17-5 run over a two-minute span. The Indians pulled back within seven points in the final minute but committed two late turnovers as Mohawk wrapped up the league title.
    Kainan McCarthy scored 15 of his 19 points before halftime for Mohawk and added 13 rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots. Murphy finished the game with 20 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Santillo, who went scoreless in the team’s first meeting this season, had 13 points and six assists and Mitchell Werenczak added nine points and four steals.
    Jordan Yaworski led West Canada Valley with 20 points and four assists. Mike Sternberg had nine points, nine rebounds and three steals, Bobby Davenport scored 13 points and Jack Minasi battled foul trouble to contribute 10 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots.
    Page 2 of 2 - Mohawk is home Friday for a game against Herkimer. West Canada Valley plays at Frankfort-Schuyler Friday.
    MOHAWK MOHICANS 76, WEST CANADA VALLEY INDIANS 66
    MOHAWK (15-1, 8-0 CSC-II) — Mike Santillo 5 3-4 13; Tyler Kehl 0 0-0 0; McKensy Reardon 1 0-0 2; Jared Marquissee 3 0-0 6; Paul Joyce 2 2-6 7; Carson Murphy 7 6-10 20; Kainan McCarthy 8 3-3 19; Mitchell Werenczak 4 1-2 9. Totals: 30 15-25 76.
    WEST CANADA VALLEY (11-5, 5-3 CSC-II) — Bobby Davenport 4 2-4 13; Jack Minasi 4 0-0 10; Brandon Roberts 0 0-0 0; Ryan Grogan 3 1-2 7; Mike Sternberg 4 1-2 9; Josh Sudakow 1 0-2 2; Alex Williams 2 0-0 5; Jordan Yaworski 7 3-6 20; Ryan Moody 0 0-0 0. Totals: 25 7-16 66.
    Mohawk    19  20  13  24 — 76
    West Canada Valley    15  10  20  21 — 66
    Three-pointers — Mohawk 1 (Joyce 1); West Canada Valley 9 (Davenport 3, Yaworski 3, Minasi 2, Williams 1).

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