Strong finish for local clubs as hoop season winds down

Staff report
How about the play of Roxbury senior Kyle Ciaravino? Ciaravino is closing the final chapter of an impressive Roxbury hardwood career in incredible style. Last Wednesday the Roxbury strong forward scored a career-high 29 points on senior night, his last game on the Roxbury home court, when his Rockets bested rival Gilboa, 55-41.

Friday night, Ciaravino almost topped that effort playing his last Delaware League game in South Kortright. As the game entered the fourth quarter, Ciaravino had scored 27 of his team’s 41 points, leaving Roxbury only two points behind and positioning the Rockets for a major upset.

A top effort
Ciaravino’s play did not go unnoticed by SK coach Bob VanValkenburgh. The SK coached called the Roxbury’s senior performance absolutely great, one of the better performances he’s seen all season. And, VanValkenburgh needed to come up with an answer for the Rockets’ juggernaut if he hoped his team would win.

The answer; a super chaser named Trevor Holdridge. SK came out of the huddle to start the final quarter in a box-and-one defense with Holdridge assigned to cover Ciaravino. Cover him he did, holding the Roxbury scoring machine scoreless over the game’s final eight minutes of play. The Holdridge defense and serious Roxbury foul trouble was too much for the Rockets as SK rolled to their 16th win of the year.

Four Rams scored in double figures led by Brandon Tuttle who scored 23 points. Holdridge netted 13 points, nine in the fourth quarter, Jesse Boest added 12, and Sage Beemer had 10.
Nick Hamil scored nine points for Roxbury.

Roxbury coach Tom Faraci is optimistic as his team prepares for post-season play. “The progression of our guys has been fun to see,” explained Faraci. We finished the regular season playing our best basketball of the year. We’re really starting to get there. I hope it carries into sectional play.”

MCS boys win
If an electrifying finish is the catalyst to keep a young team active during the off-season, then the Margaretville boys’ basketball team got a shot in the arm in their season finale last Thursday night. Kyle Short’s three-point bomb with 0.2 seconds to play in regulation time launched over four minutes of high-stakes basketball drama that didn’t end until Roscoe’s Jesse Huggins last- second, three-point attempt rimmed out of the hoop, and Margaretville had secured an adrenaline pumping, 45-43, overtime victory.

Margaretville carried a 33-32 lead into the final two minutes of the game. Roscoe’s high scoring guard Rob Taurino buried a jump shot from long range adding three points to the home team’s total. Margaretville’s Ryan Sanford was fouled with 1:28 remaining. The junior forward hit one-of-two attempts pulling Margaretville within a point at 35-34.

Taurino answered by driving the left lane for a score on Roscoe’s next possession. Things looked bleak when a Margaretville shot missed the mark, and with less than 50 seconds to play Roscoe rebounded and secured the ball. It took a series of Blue Devil fouls before Roscoe had reached the bonus and with 14.8 seconds to play Taurino went to the line with a one-on-one. His foul shot missed the mark providing Margaretville a final opportunity to tie the score.
It wasn’t easy. Roscoe’s defense fanned out behind the three-point arc. First Matt VanValkenburg got a look, but Roscoe’s defense closed too quickly. VanValkenburg pitched the ball to Mitch Hull with the same result. Hull returned it to VanValkenburg but there still wasn’t room to put the ball in the air.

The ball finally found Short’s hands. The Margaretville guard pump-faked to get the nearest Roscoe defender off his feet, dribbled once and launched a prayer. Short’s bomb swished through the nets with 0.2 seconds left sending the contest into overtime.

VanValkenburg’s pull-up jumper just outside the lane gave Margaretville back the lead. Huggins drove the baseline for Roscoe to even things at 39-39. Mitch Hull’s put back nudged Margaretville in front again, but a Taurino drive knotted the score at 41-41. Marshall Bouton stepped forward from behind the arc to hit a two-point goal for Margaretville. Roscoe’s Marc Rosario answered by downing a jump shot from the right wing, and the two teams were deadlocked at 43-43. Incredibly, Rosario was the sixth different player to score in the overtime.

The final Margaretville blow came when VanValkenburg was fouled while driving the middle of the lane with 11 seconds to play. The freshman guard hit both free throws setting up Huggins last second three-point attempt. The Huggins shot rimmed out ending the game and ending the Margaretville season with on a climatic high.

Lady Devils triumph
“And they’re off…….” The starter’s cry as the referee tosses the ball into the air for the opening tip-off has not been a clarion call for the Margaretville girls’ basketball team this season. Game after game it seemed like the Lady Blue Devils were running through quicksand during the opening minutes of play.

Margaretville put all that aside Wednesday night, bursting from the starting gates to outscore Roscoe, 18-7, and rolling to a 44-30 season-ending win.
Tess Svoboda was the catalyst that got the Blue Devils off and running. Svoboda scored six of her eight points to accelerate her team’s start.

The Filupeit sisters, seniors Erin and Amy, made the most of their final game on the Margaretville court by teaming up to score 17 points. Erin reached double figures netting 10 points from around the basket for the victors.

Scrappy sophomore guard Annette Hogan continues to impress. Hogan’s 13-point effort took game scoring honors.

The Blue Devils finish the season at 8-10 with the win.

RCS girls on fence
There’s often a fine line between qualifying for post season play or staying at home. The Roxbury girls’ basketball team dropped their final two games of the season, one a heartbreaking 41-39 overtime decision in Gilboa, to finish 8-10 on the season. Roxbury has sectional play in mind and the team is waiting for the go ahead.

A mad fourth quarter Roxbury scramble knotted the score at 35-35 and forced the game into overtime last week in Gilboa. Kennedy Faraci scored 11 points in the period helping the Rockets overcome an 11-point deficit. Faraci would finish with a game-high 22 points.
The Roxbury effort fell short when Gina Caputo scored the winning basket with 40 seconds left in the overtime. Caputo’s basket was her only field goal in the game.

“Toward the end of our season we came together more as a team and sort of hit our stride,” noted Roxbury coach Lisa Faraci. “These girls have worked hard and played with their hearts and souls all season long.”

Strong ACS finish
Good scoring balance helped the Andes girls’ basketball team end their season on a high note. With several girls scoring, the Lady Mountaineers bested Downsville and Jefferson in games played last week.

A big second half pushed Andes past Jefferson Thursday. Leading by a single point at halftime, Andes outscored the Jayhawks, 27-17, in the second half to bring home a 39-28 decision.
Desirae Coss led the Andes attack with 13 points. Ashley Terry added six and Kelsey Little and Marissa Hennings five for the Mountaineers.

Jade Litaker got into the scoring act pacing the Mountaineers with 11 points earlier in the week as Andes toppled Downsville, 40-32. Terry netted eight points, Coss eight, Little six and Hennings five for the victors.