Jan 23, 2010 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
On a Friday night full of local high school boys basketball action, Oneida’s boys achieved something special.
The Indians went to Camden and beat the Blue Devils 56-45, clinching the Tri-Valley League West division championship in the process.
It wasn’t too easy, though. Camden, despite a 2-12 record, hung right with Oneida in the first half thanks to Alex Van Pelt, who put up 17 of his team’s 25 points, mostly from making nine of 12 free throws.
Still, the Indians were up 29-25 at the break, and to keep Van Pelt from causing more damage, Oneida head coach Jeff Didio put guard Keith Johnson on him as part of a box-and-one defense.
It worked. Van Pelt only had five points after the break as the deeper, more balanced Indians briefly trailed 32-31 early in the third quarter, then reclaimed the lead with a 7-0 run, capped by Trey Didio’s 3-pointer.
Steadily, Oneida got away in the fourth quarter as, by game’s end, all 10 players that saw action got at least one point. Matt Tamburro led with 12 points, while Andrew Hornyak had nine points, Benn DeRocker eight points and Evan Watson seven points.
As this went on, Vernon Verona Sherrill’s rough season continued at Holland Patent with a 61-54 loss to the Golden Knights.
For three periods, the two sides continually swapped the lead, neither able to make a sustained run. But HP outscored VVS 20-14 in the fourth quarter to get away.
In defeat, Nick Rizzo led the Red Devils with 22 points. None of his teammates reached double figures, though, as Jason Dalton and Nick Eaton each got six points. HP’s Alex Smith had a big night, earning 26 points.
The VVS girls team finally won a home came on Friday, squeezing out a 44-42 win over Holland Patent.
Most of the Red Devils’ offense came in the first half, when it grabbed a 25-20 lead. All through the second half, VVS did just enough to fend off numerous Golden Knights charges to stay in front.
Tracee Schiebel led VVS with 13 points, while Erin Curtis and Nikki Schiebel earned seven points apiece. Megan Reed and Leanne Doolen each had six points. HP’s Randi Strumpfler led both sides with 15 points.
Oneida’s girls team, despite its 1-12 record, gave Camden a major scare, but still lost to the Blue Devils 64-54.
Early in the third quarter, Nicole Shene’s basket gave the Indians a 33-32 lead and gave home fans hope that a major upset could take place.
But Camden countered with an 11-0 run, moving ahead for good, and didn’t stop until its star forward, Ashley Roser, had put up 33 points and 16 rebounds.
Still, the Indians were competitive until the end, as Shene finished with 16 points. Mackenzie Lynch, Erika Williams and Jenna Didio each got seven points as Morgan Murawski added six points.
As the Oneida teams both visit Whitesboro on Friday, VVS gets to face Utica-Notre Dame.
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