Big Lake redemption
This year, though, the polarity was reversed as the Buckhorns, led by junior standout Jake Brown, defeated Monticello 47-35. Brown, the tournament MVP, had 24 points to go along with the 26 he posted against Mountain View. Early foul trouble for Monticello and its inability to sustain its defense in the no-shot-clock milieu of PA basketball led to its demise. Monticello led 10-9 at the end of the first quarter but trailed from there on. A heroic late run was answered by the Buckhorns, who celebrated the return of the trophy at game’s end. Riley was named to the All-Tournament team.
Monticello (1-1) plays host to Sullivan West (1-2) on December 15. The Westies were hoping to encounter Monticello behind the momentum of a championship win in the Chester Hambletonian Classic as they prepared to take on Fallsburg for the second time this season. Despite holding a 12-point lead against the Comets up in the Walton Tournament, Sullivan West succumbed 61-57. This time out it wasn’t even close. Fallsburg withstood a first-quarter 9-0 run by Sullivan West as they closed to within two at 9-7 at the end of the first quarter and then blanked the Westies 13-0 in the second frame for a 20-9 halftime lead. Fallsburg (3-1) went on to defeat Sullivan West 45-29 for the tourney title win. Comet standout Michael Robinson, named tournament MVP, had 16 points. Fallsburg’s Braiden DeGraw and Sullivan West’s Sawyer Erlwein were named to the All-Tournament team.
Earlier in the day, Fallsburg’s girls had defeated Sullivan West 43-20 in the consolation game. The Lady Comets (2-2) were led by Kelsey Moody’s 11 points and nine rebounds. Shanice Mack and Paige Seletsky each had nine rebounds. Mack scored nine points. Freshman Diana Presti had eight points in her varsity debut. Fallsburg’s Sheryl Pinder and Sullivan West’s Erika Stauch were named to the All-Tournament team. Chester (2-0) won the tournament championship by downing Eldred (1-1) 48-20. Sullivan West (0-2) hosts Monticello (2-0) on December 14.
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