On the boys side of the ledger, T-V bested Oxford in the opening round of the Walton tournament, easily handled Livingston Manor and then beat Chapel Field 64-50. This year’s Bears team, overseen by veteran coach Brian Tingley, is quick and aggressive on defense. They have size and speed as well as veterans like big men Alex Brown and Devin Donnelly inside, along with senior guard Justin Swarthout who led the way with 16 points against the Lions. With other fine guards in Sam Tingley, Jarrett James, Dontae Brock, Dion Lynch, along with veteran forward Jesus Lozada and former J.V standout Zach Nilsen, the Bears are deep. A pair of league games against Tuxedo and S.S. Seward this week should be more revealing. T-V lost to Pine Plains in the Class C semifinals last year. The Bombers went on to demolish Seward for the title, but with the exit of superstar Tyler Lydon, Pine Plains will come back to earth this year though they will likely still be in the mix when the C-wars begin in earnest in late February. Monticello (2-1) lost the championship game of the Lake Region Tip Off Classic to Wallenpaupack by the score of 48-44 despite leading most of the way. Sha-Shawn Drayton was named to the All Tournament Team. Up next for the Panthers are a pair of crucial league games vs. Goshen and Cornwall.