Rockets edge ACS in boys’ hoop; WAJ stops Devils
By Julia Green
In boy’ hoop play last week, Roxbury edged visiting Andes and Windham downed Margaretville.
Windham 76, Margaretville 37 (Thursday)
Despite coming off a satisfying home victory against the visiting Wildcats of Hunter-Tannersville last week, the Margaretville Blue Devils were unable to make it a streak when the visiting Windham Warriors came to town on Thursday.
The Warriors jumped out to a quick lead, outscoring the hosts 26-6 in the opening quarter to put the Blue Devils in the hole early.
While Margaretville worked on high-pressure defense inside the arch, shooting from the perimeter proved to be a challenge for the Blue Devils’ defense, as 30 of Windham’s 76 points came from 3-pointers. Windham’s Anthony Alesi sank seven of them, with three coming in the first quarter.
The Blue Devils’ offensive output improved steadily throughout the game, but continued long-range shooting and aggressive rebounding by the Windham offense did not allow them to chip away at the Warriors’ early-established lead.
The Blue Devils were led by senior Mitch Vankeuren, who tallied 14 points; Andre Smith added 10 and Danny Jenkins had nine for Margaretville, which finishes the season 3-14 overall.
Roxbury 51, Andes 47 (Thursday)
It was a battle when the Roxbury Rockets played host to the visiting Mountaineers of Andes on Thursday night, but there was little doubt as to who was setting the pace for the host Rockets, who posted a 51-47 victory in the last game of the regular season.
The Rockets were led by senior DaVaun Morgan, who tallied 37 points, 21 of which came from 3-point shooting, and went 4-for-5 from the free throw line.
Scoring was tight from the get-go, as Roxbury earned a three-point scoring edge in the first quarter, posting 14 points to Andes’ 11; however, the Mountaineers took the lead in second-quarter scoring with a one-point edge to bring them within two at halftime. The three-point difference in the third quarter, in which the Rockets outscored the Mountaineers 18-15, was the biggest scoring difference in a single quarter, and Andes posted an 8-7 fourth quarter but the team was unable to claim the lead from RCS.
The Rockets received eight points from Dylan Stock and 10 rebounds from Garrett Hall.
Andes was led by James Litaker and Cody Ruff, who tallied 14 points apiece; Eric Reed added seven for the Mountaineers.
Both teams will compete in the sectional tournament, which begins next week.