Time Out: January 30, 2013

Living in the Catskill Mountains it’s sometimes easy to allow yourself to believe you reside in a locale far removed from ‘big time’ events. That’s generally not the case. If you know where to look, there are all kinds of things taking place in the Catskills.

A Catskill event calendar can include big-time college basketball. This past weekend I enjoyed two highly entertaining men’s college basketball games, Friday night at SUNY Delhi and Sunday afternoon at Marist.

A thunderous guard dunk at the front of a fast break, a goaltending call, an assistant coach’s stare down, a four-point play; Friday’s National Junior College Athletic Association showdown in Delhi had a little bit of everything. A grueling, physical finish saw our local Broncos hold on to edge rival Herkimer County Community College, 65-58. Delhi scored the final six points of the game in the last 7.9 seconds. Top that!

32 wins and counting
Delhi’s win extends its home win streak at Maines Arena to 32 games and leaves them 20-2 on the season. By the way, this year’s NJCAA Eastern regional will be held on the SUNY Delhi campus Friday through Sunday, March 1-3. Plan on catching a game.

Sunday, I accompanied the Margaretville boys’ basketball program’s annual pilgrimage to Marist College to watch the Red Foxes take on Siena. Each year Margaretville Athletic Director and boys’ basketball coach Jeremey Marks organizes a trip to Marist to watch some College Division I basketball action. Players and coaches at every level of the Margaretville program make the trip.

Behind some outstanding inside work from six-foot, eight-inch center O.D. Arnosike, Siena outlasted Marist, 79-75. Arnosike was Superman underneath the basket, notching his 13th double-double (15 points and 10 rebounds) of the season by halftime. The Siena giant finished with 20 points, 21 rebounds and a career-high five assists.

Court work
The kids had a blast with several of the Margaretville guys getting to shoot some hoops on the ‘big court’ and hawk some autographs after the game.

The MCS girls’ basketball teams made its annual excursion to Marist earlier in the month. Marist might not have the same ring as Connecticut, Tennessee, Stamford, Baylor, or Notre Dame, but the Lady Red Foxes have one of the most recognized Division I basketball teams in the land. The Red Foxes have won the Metropolitan Athletic Conference regular season championship every year since 2004, reached the NCAA Division I Tournament in six of the last seven years, advancing to Round II of the tournament in four of those years and reached the ‘Sweet Sixteen’ in 2007.