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Sexton leads Lions past Rams, 70-59

December 29, 2013
By ShAUN ANICH , The Leader Herald

GLOVERSVILLE - The Amsterdam Rams never held a lead against Mekeel Christian Saturday, falling 70-59 in the first game of the Coach Kobuskie Holiday Tournament at Gloversville High School.

The Rams (2-5 overall) got 22 points from Kory Bergh, including 17 in the second half, but the stifling defense of the Lions was too much for Amsterdam to overcome. Mekeel (4-0) led by 18 in the final minute of the fourth quarter, but two Amsterdam steals and seven straight points by Andrew Rouse made the final score less gaudy.

The Lions and Rams, two quick, athletic teams, traded hoops throughout the first quarter. As the half pressed on, Herbie Sexton did it all for Mekeel. Sexton dropped 13 points in the first half, driving strong to the hole and showing his range with a three-pointer near the start of the second quarter.

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Mekeel Christian Academy’s Herbie Sexton (4) drives past Amsterdam’s James Valentin (15) to bring the ball up court during the opening round of the Coach K Holiday Tournament Saturday at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/Shaun Anich)

Amsterdam had few open looks in the first half. A swarming Mekeel defense forced Amsterdam to settle for jumpers and last-second drives to the basket late in the shot clock. The scoring was handled evenly among eight Rams, led by five for Bergh. Despite trailing, Amsterdam was strong on the glass all game. Two Amsterdam blocks midway through the second quarter led to a Bergh layup at the other end to cut into an eight-point Lions lead. The lead was spurred by an 11-1 Mekeel run to begin the frame.

Amsterdam's offense was run through Bergh in the second half while Sexton continued to provide the spark for Mekeel. A layup by Amsterdam's Marcus Pritchard to kick off the third quarter brought Amsterdam within three at 28-25, but it was the closest Amsterdam would get.

Mekeel showed a good balance of driving to the basket and outside shooting Saturday. The Lions drained six from downtown, including two in the third from Alex Mulvey and Mike Mann that bookended Mekeel's 20-point quarter. Mann knocked down three from beyond the arc and finished behind Sexton's game-high 23 with 13 points of his own.

Amsterdam won the battle of the boards in the second half 20-18, but couldn't do enough defensively to extinguish Mekeel's offensive rhythm. Mekeel had their best offensive quarter of the game in the fourth, pouring in 22 points.

The 11-point victory was by far the tightest of the season for the undefeated Lions, who had crushed their opponents by an average of over 38 points entering Saturday's action.

The second game of the Coach K Tournament will be played tonight at 5:30 and will feature Gloversville taking on Columbia Prep. The winner of that game will face Mekeel Christian tomorrow at 3 p.m. in the tournament title game. Amsterdam will face the loser in the consolation game at 1:30 p.m..

Mekeel Christian 70, Amsterdam 59

Mekeel Christian14 14 20 22 - 70

Amsterdam13 10 15 21 - 59

Mekeel Christian

Sexton 8-6-23, Mann 3-4-13, Senthil 4-3-12, Newman 4-0-8, A. Mulvey 3-0-7, White 1-3-5, Rogers 1-0-2. Totals 24-16-70

Amsterdam

Bergh 7-6-22, Rouse 4-0-9, Martin 3-1-7, Pritchard 3-1-7, Stanavich 2-1-5, Valentin 1-3-5, Robertshaw 1-1-3, Aponte 0-1-1. Totals 21-14-59

3-point-goals: Mekeel Christian 6 (Mann 3, Sexton, Senthil, A. Mulvey); Amsterdam 3 (Bergh 2, Rouse)

Boys

Woodward Tournament

Consolation game

Northville 63, Galway 35

NORTHVILLE - Nick Jonas connected for three 3-pointers in his 13-point performance to lead the Falcons past Galway 63-35 in the consolation game of the Woodward Tournament at Northville High School.

Danny Reidell and Kalob Russell both finished with 10 points for the Falcons.

Dan Diaz led Galway with 16 points.

Diaz and Northville's Tim Monette, who finished with nine points Saturday, were named to the all-tournament team.

Consolation game

Northville 63, Galway 35

Galway9 8 9 9 - 35

Northville17 12 21 13 - 63

Galway

Z. Hartman 1-0-3, Diaz 7-0-16, T. Hartman 1-1-4, Mattice 2-0-4, roy 2-0-4, Flint 1-0-2, Longworth 1-0-2. Totals: 15-3-35.

Northville

Monette 4-1-9, Russell 4-1-10, Holmes 3-2-8, Jonas 5-0-13, Reidell 4-1-10, Edwards 3-0-8, Onzo 2-1-5. totals: 25-6-63.

3-point goals: Galway 2 (Z. Hartman, T. Hartman); Northville 7 (Nick Jonas 3, Nate Edwards 2, Kalob Russell, Danny Reidell).

Dick White Memorial Tournament

Championship Game

Cooperstown 64, Fort Plain 40

COOPERSTOWN - Aiden VanLoan and Jon Calbet hit for eight points apiece in a losing effort for Fort Plain in the championship game of the White tournament at Cooperstown High School.

The Hawkeyes were paced by Christian Alexander, who hit five 3-pointers en route to his game-high 25 points. Jordan Manikus also broke the 20-point plateau with a 22-point effort.

VanLoan, Manikus and Alexander were all named to the All-Tournament team.

Cooperstown 64, Fort Plain 40

Fort Plain8 10 7 15 - 40

Cooperstown18 17 13 16 - 64

Fort Plain

Calbet 3-2-8, Potter 1-0-2, VanLoan 2-4-8, Briggs 2-2-6,. Florian 1-0-2, Oriogio 2-1-5, Lanier 1-0-2, Empie 2-1-7. Totals: 14-10-40.

Cooperstown

Johnson 1-0-2, Cabrera 0-2-2, Frevele 1-1-3, Summers 3-0-6, Devine 1-0-2, Manikus 11-0-22, Alexander 9-2-25, Eldred 1-0-2. Totals: 27-5-64.

3-point goals: Fort Plain 2 (Isiah Empie 2); Cooperstown 5 (Christian Alexander 5)

 
 

 

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