January 16, 2013 —
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — As winter sports approach their midway point, certain athletes and teams are surging to the forefront. With the exception of Division IV boys basketball, which has already been clinched by James I. O’Neill (9-0, 4-0 OCIAA) by dint of their season-sweeping 62-40 win over Sullivan West, the other division races and bids for sectional contention in boys basketball are still up for grabs. A number of Sullivan County teams still have their hats in the ring as they continue to evince records of at least .500 overall in league play.
Sullivan West (4-2, 2-2 OCIAA) can clinch a sectional berth with a league win over Liberty (2-7, 0-3 OCIAA). In Division III, Monticello (5-5, 2-2 OCIAA) is on track to return to sectionals with either two more league wins or three more overall. The Monties rode the heroics of senior Latique Liles, who hit a half-court buzzer beater to ice a 51-48 win over league rival Goshen. Meanwhile in Division V, Tri-Valley (6-3, 3-1 OCIAA) needs just one more league win to make it to the postseason dance. They downed Tuxedo 72-63 before losing an overtime cliffhanger to S.S. Seward in a battle of league unbeatens by the score of 54-49. Fallsburg (5-2, 2-2) also bested Tuxedo 58-46 in a league encounter. The Comets need three more wins to claim a sectional berth.
In Division VI, Eldred is still in the mix for a sectional berth despite a 2-8 overall record, as their 51-41 win over Roscoe brought their league mark to 2-2. Livingston Manor (3-4, 3-1) downed Family School 70-46 to clinch a berth in the Class D dance. Roscoe (4-4, 2-2) needs one more league win to make the grade. They downed Manor this past week by the score of 56-43.