Far from the end…
As if to reiterate such stratospheric hijinx, the Sullivan West and James I. O’Neill’s boys basketball teams put on an enthralling airy spectacle on December 19 in a Division IV clash that might well have been called “The Reign Of Threes Redux” were it not for three contravening reasons. First, despite firing in 12, count ‘em 12, three pointers in the game, five of which came from Kyle Manzi, four from Matt Cardona and three from Chance Bibbo, the long assault came up a bit short as O’Neill won the game 67-60. Thus, despite the Westies’ rain of threes, it was the Raiders that would reign supreme. Had the Bulldogs won in this fashion the redux addition to the title would have referenced the 73-50 January 15, 2005 Westie win over Marlboro, wherein a record-setting 14 threes were registered by the Dawgs, with seven of them posted by Sean Semenetz, six from Joe Meyer and one from Sean Kelly. Given the outcome of this week’s spectacular display, though, for Sullivan West 2-1 (0-1 OCIAA) there was no reign and no redux. Skyward though went the Raiders as they leaped to pull down rebound after rebound, abetted by the early foul trouble of Sullivan West junior giant Patrick Pierce, who garnered three fouls in the first quarter, which minimized his participation and aggressiveness during the remainder of the game. On the contrary, Matt Cardona’s game-high 25 points and the 19 poured in by Kyle Manzi helped to keep the drama suspended in mid-air with this year’s populous and chanting Dawg Pound wondering as to which team would come out on top. The lead changed hands often and neither team ever enjoyed more than a seven-point edge, the very margin of victory as it would turn out.
On the girls side of the ledger, the Tri-Valley girls shook off a rare pair of losses and steamrolled Division V rival Fallsburg on the road to the airy tune of 53-25. The Lady Bears 3-3 (1-1 OCIAA) stopped a six-game winning streak of the Lady Comets, who are now 6-2 (1-2 OCIAA). Caroline Martin led Tri-Valley with 19 points. Katlynn Greffrath added a trio of treys for her 13-point contribution. Fallsburg’s Nyasia Blakney was game high scorer with 20, as she accounted for 80 percent of Fallsburg’s meager output.
In other girls action this week, Sullivan West fell to Port Jervis 40-17 and then lost a league game to O’Neill 43-26. Monticello’s girls improved to 4-1 (1-0 OCIAA) with a 56-17 win over Family School and a 69-32 league win over Port Jervis. Meanwhile, the Lady Yellow Jackets of Eldred lost to Chapel Field 58-48 to fall to 1-4 (1-1 OCIAA).