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KYLE JAQUAY SLIPS PAST Milford’s Elijah Coley for a basket during CV-S’ 38-30 win over the Wildcats on Friday. CHERYL CLOUGH

BY GREG KLEIN

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

 

A cold shooting night haunted the home team Friday and gave Cherry Valley-Springfield a head start on the Tri-Valley East title as the Patriots held on to beat the Wildcats 38-30. “Unfortunately, we had a cold night from the outside and that allowed CV-S to pack their defense,” Milford coach Frank Spurchise said. Kyle Jaquay and Isiah Montgomery scored 12 and 10 points, respectively, to lead CV-S. Corey Atwell scored a team-high 12 points for Milford.

The Wildcat boys are a young group this season, with five freshmen and two non-freshmen who are new to basketball. They started off tentative in their season opener against the Patriots, getting outscored 13-6 in the first quarter.

“I thought our team showed a lot of character in our first game,” Spurchise said. “That lack of game experience showed with the decisions we made down the stretch.

Our first three games are against three Tri-Valley contenders and we will need to be confident and believe we can play with anyone.”

To bring along its younger teammates, Milford will rely on seniors Atwell, Brett Smith, Brian Thorn and Dan Hoppe. Smith and Thorn were cold in the opener, but Spurchise said he knows his backcourt can shoot. At center and power forward, Atwell and Hoppe had more success inside against CV-S. Freshman Peyton Griffiths, who started as an eighth grader, will be the team’s third guard and share ball-handling responsibilities. Milford’s biggest loss is the graduation of Andrew Yerdon, whose 14 points per game last season earned him T-V first-team honors.

“Andrew Yerdon is a player that is not easily replaced. His size, shooting touch, and knowledge of the game are something we don’t have right now. Also, his leadership on the floor was evident every game he played,” Spurchise said.

In the T-V East, Spurchise said, CV-S and Richfield Springs will be the teams to beat; the west will be a battle between Morris, G-MU and Edmeston. He said he believes his young Wildcats will be ready for a run by sectionals.

In the meantime, Spurchise said he is impressed with the Patriots. Despite losing all five starters from its 16-4 run last year, CV-S will be a T-V contender this season, he said.

Anyone who witnessed the Patriots sectional title in soccer will recognize the players on the basketball team. So although experience will be a concern for CV-S on the court, athleticism shouldn’t be an issue. Junior guard Kyle Jaquay will be a bigger scorer on the court than he was on the soccer field. Seniors Andrew Bosc, Brett Adams and Collin Lamouret will provide defense, toughness and rebounds underneath. Isiah Montgomery provided a big spark off the bench against Milford.

The Patriots had some trouble with Milford’s size underneath, but they gave the Wildcats trouble on defense. CV-S employs a 1-2-2 zone and a press.

CV-S coach Terry Brant said that he too has high hopes for a run at sectionals this winter, but he isn’t sure he agrees his team is a cofavorite already.

“I believe the T-V East favorite is Richfield and T-V West favorite is Morris, Morris being the overall team to beat. We would like to give  Richfield a run, but we have a lot ofwork to do, “ Brant said at Friday’s game.

However, CV-S showed it could give Richfield a run for their money Tuesday night. The Patriots went a 17-7 run the final four minutes of the game to beat visiting Richfield Springs.

“I still think it is us and them,” Brant said.

“They were playing without Zach Boss — they told me he is going to be out with a sprained ankle until February — and we got on a roll at the end, but I still think they are going to be the team to beat in our division.”

Richfield led 34-33 in the fourth quarter before CV-S went on its closing run. Kyle Jaquay hit a three-pointer to put the Patriots ahead 36-34 with 4:14 left in the game. Andrew Bosc scored 13 of his game-high 20 points for CV-S in the fourth quarter. Bosc also had 14 rebounds.

“We played good man-to-man defense on them,” Brant said. “We were able to shut them down, keep them from getting good looks at the end.”

CV-S is at Schenevus and Milford is at Richfield Springs on Friday.

CV-S 38, MILFORD 30

CHERRY VALLEY-SPRINGFIELD (2-1, 1-0): Kyle

Jaquay 5 1-2 12, Andrew

Bosc 2 0-0 4, Brett Adams 1 2-3 4, Collin Lamouret

2 1-5 5, Isiah

Montgomery 5 0-0 10, Scott Stiles 0 0-0 0, Wyatt

Crowley 1 1-2 3,

Ethan Drugatz 0 0-0 0, Andrew Spencer 0 0-0 0,

Chad Thompson 0 0-2 0,

Dave Waterman 0 0-0 0, Kevin Doubleday 0 0-0 0.

TOTALS: 16 5-18 38.

MILFORD (0-1, 0-1): Blake Elliott 0 0-0 0, Brett Smith

1 0-0 2, Paul

VanWarner 0 0-0 0, Will Ward 1 0-0 3, Dan Hoppe 1

0-2 2, Brian Thorn 1

0-0 2, Peyton Griffiths 4 0-0 9, Jacob Tabor 0 0-0 0,

Corey Atwell 5

2-4 12. TOTALS: 13 2-6 30.

Cherry Valley-Springfield ..... 13 12 7 6 _ 38

Milford ..... 6 8 7 9 _ 30

Three-point field goals: C 1 (Jaquay); M 2 (Ward,

Griffiths). JV

score: CV-S won.

CV-S 51, RS 40

RICHFIELD SPRINGS: Keegan Wheelock-Tanner 1

2-5 4, Lucas VanRipper 0

4-4 4, Joe Kelly 3 10-16 19, Evan Swartout 0 0-0 0,

Kyle Richvalsky 1

1-3 3, Zach Boss 0 0-0 0, Steven Holland 0 0-0 0,

Thomas Domion 0 0-0

0, Joeal Gardner 0 3-4 3, Ben Smith 2 1-6 7.

TOTALS: 9 20-35 40.

CHERRY VALLEY-SPRINGFIELD (3-1. 2-0): Kyle

Jaquay 3 5-7 12, Andrew

Bosc 7 6-7 20, Brett Adams 3 0-0 7, Collin Lamouret

1 2-6 4, Isiah

Montgomery 3 0-0 6, Scott Stiles 0 0-3 0, Wyatt

Crowley 0 0-0 0, Ethan

Drugatz 0 0-0 0, Andrew Spencer 0 0-0 0, Chad

Thompson 1 0-0 2, Dave

Waterman 0 0-0 0, Kevin Doubleday 0 0-0 0.

TOTALS: 18 13-22 51.

Richfield Springs

8 9 7 16  40

CV-Springfield

8 10 9 24 51

Three-point field goals: R 2 (Kelly, Richvalsky); C 2

(Jaquay, Adams).

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