John Kennedy had 27 points on 13-14 from the field to lead the Cooperstown boys basketball team to a 55-39 victory over visiting Unatego Thursday, Feb. 25.

Kennedy also had nine rebounds and 4 blocks for the Hawkeyes.

Unatego opened the game with a 13-11 first quarter, but the Hawkeyes held the Spartans to just six points in the second quarter to take a two point lead into halftime.

Spencer Lewis scored 16 points, had seven rebounds and five assists for the Hawkeyes.

Tied at 35 going into the fourth quarter, the Hawkeyes used a 20-4 run to help put the Spartans away.

Destin Gecik led Unatego with 14 points, while teammate Shea Barber scored 12.

Cooperstown 55, Unatego 39

Unatego .... 13 6 16 4 – 39

Cooperstown .... 11 10 14 20 – 55

Unatego: Destin Gecik 7 0-0 14, Shea Barber 5 1-2 12, Miles Monrien 4 0-0 9, Jake Pitcher 2 0-0 4, Ton Gue 0 0-0 0, Garrett Backus 0 0-0 0, Michael Wheeler 0 0-0 0, Zander Rane 0 0-0 0, James Wright 0 0-0 0, Luke Foster 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 1-2 3.

Cooperstown: John Kennedy 13 1-2 27, Spencer Lewis 6 0-0 16, Joe Senchyshyn 2 0-0 4, Will Weldon 2 0-0 4, Chris Criqui 1 0-0 2, Alexander Paulson 1 0-0 2, jason Furnari 0 0-0 0, Dillion Burns 0 0-0 0, Sam Grigoli 0 0-0 0, Ian Quinn 0 0-0 0, Alex Hage 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 1-2 55.

3-point field goals: U 2 (Monrien, Barber); C 4 (Lewis 4).

Unatego 54, Cooperstown 41

Unatego returned the favor two nights later on their own floor.

Shea Barber scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Unatego boys to a victory over visiting Cooperstown, 45-41.

“We played with a lot more energy on the defensive end, and moved the ball on offense, and made more shots – a lot more shots,” Unatego head coach Travis Wood said.

Unatego grabbed an early 12-8 lead behind four points from Barber.

The Spartans outscored the Hawkeyes 6-4 in a defensive second quarter to take a four-point lead into halftime.

Unatego limited Hawkeyes center John Kennedy to just four points following his 27 point effort when the two teams matched-up last night.

“I had our center (Destin Gesik) deny him, and he played with a lot of energy,” Woods said. “When he did touch the ball we doubled him and tried to keep the ball out of his hands as much as possible.”

Woods added that his guards pinched in to help Gesik deny Kenndy the ball.

Unatego outscored the Hawkeyes 15-10 in the third quarter to extend its lead to nine points.

Throughout the game, Woods said, the Spartans did a good job of boxing Kennedy out and limiting his second-chance opportunities.

In the fourth quarter, Jason Furnari made two 3-pointers and scored eight of his nine points to help lead the Hawkeyes on a 19-12 comeback that came up just short.

Chris Criqui led Cooperstown with 14 points.

Unatego 45, Cooperstown 41

at Unatego

Cooperstown …. 8 4 10 19 – 41

Unatego …. 12 6 15 12 – 45

Cooperstown: Chris Criqui 7 0-0 14, Jason Furnari 3 1-2 9, Spencer Lewis 3 3-3 9, John Kennedy 2 0-2 4, Alexander Poulson 1 1-2 3, Joe Senchyshyn 1 0-0 2, Will Weldon 0 0-0 0, Sam Grigoli 0 0-0 0, Zach Quinn 0 0-0 0, Alex Hage 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 5-9 41.

Unatego: Shea Barber 7 5-12 20, Jake Pitcher 4 0-0 8, Miles Mohrien 2 3-3 7, Destin Gesik 2 1-2 5, Tori Gue 0 3-3 3, Xander Rane 1 0-0 2, Luke Foster 0 0-0 0, James Wright 0 0-0 0, Michael Wheeler 0 0-0 0, Garret Backus 0 0-0 0. Totals: 15 12-20 45.

Also:

Cooperstown 62, Edmeston 51

at Cooperstown – Feb. 24

Edmeston .... 8 16 12 15 – 51

Cooperstown .... 20 15 12 15 – 62

Edmeston: Josh Martin 8 5-6 25, Kyle Ough 5 1-2 13, Greg Devries 3 0-0 6, Tyler Jennings 2 0-0 5, Preston Graham 1 0-0 2, Ossa Pylinski 0 0-0 0, Collin Mcenroe 0 0-0 0, Derick Estevez 0 0-0 0, Gavin Mcenroe 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 6-8 51.

Cooperstown: John Kennedy 11 0-0 22, Chris Criqui 5 0-0 10, Spencer Lewis 4 0-0 10, Joe Senchyshyn 3 0-0 6, Jason Furnari 2 0-0 5, Will Weldon 2 0-0 5, Sam Grigoli 2 0-0 4, Alex Hage 0 0-0 0, Ian Quinn 0 0-0 0, Alexander Poulson 0 0-0 0, Dillion Burns 0 0-0 0. Totals: 29 0-0 62.

3-point field goals: E 7 (Martin 4, Ough 2, Jennings); C 4 (Lewis 2, Furnari, Weldon).

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