RCS boys clinch division; will face H-T in Crossover

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By John Bernhardt
It’s on to the second season for the Roxbury Rockets. With wins over Jefferson and Andes last week, the highflying Roxbury boys’ basketball team clinched the Delaware League’s Mountain Division title.
In winning, the Rockets reached their regular season goal and begin preparation for the Crossover Championship game to be played at SUNY Delhi on Friday, Feb. 15 where they will face the Hunter-Tannersville Wildcats.
The Rockets learned Monday night that they will face the Wildcats in the league championship game. H-T traveled to Stamford Monday evening and came home with a 54-39 win to clinch the Upper Division title. H-T’s Greg Mudge, probably the Delaware League’s MVP, poured in 30 points from his guard position to seal the deal.
The Rockets made quick work of Andes Thursday night when they clinched the Mountain Division crown. An avalanche of first period points erased any thoughts of a Mountaineer upset, as the Rockets outscored their guests 38-7 in the quarter. DaVaun Morgan blistered the nets for Roxbury by scoring 14 of his game-high 28 points in the period.
Three other Rockets reached double figures. Freshman Garret Hall and senior Steven Hubbard finished with 13 points apiece. Ryan Skipper added 11 more for Roxbury.
The 91-38 victory was the 14th straight for Roxbury. The Rockets have not played in the crossover championship since they won back-to-back Delaware League titles in 1992 and 1993, the second crown a 57-51 win over Downsville.
Roxbury set the table for Thursday’s title celebration by beating Jefferson, 69-59, earlier in the week. The JayHawks battled to within two points, 18-16, over the opening eight minutes of play. An 18-6 Roxbury surge provided the Rockets with a buffer in the second frame. The Rockets stretched their lead to 22 points, 59-37, entering the final quarter.
Once again, Morgan was a scoring machine for Roxbury. The Rockets’ sensation scored a game-high 29 points, 11 in the third quarter. Ryan Skipper dropped in 16 more for the Rockets.
Kevin Reed’s 15 points paced the JayHawks.

Three-pointers sink MCS
A long-range arsenal was the difference as Windham edged Margaretville, 37-34, on the Blue Devils’ home court last week. Five Andrew Alberti bombs from beyond the three-point arch sank Margaretville’s hopes for a victory.
Alberti had a hot hand the entire night netting 18 of his team’s 28 first-half points, as Windham built a 28-20 advantage.
Steely defense play got the home team back in the game. The Blue Devils limited their guests to only three points in the third quarter shaving the Warriors’ lead to 31-29 by the quarter break. Margaretville nosed ahead during the final frame and lead by a point with less than one minute remaining in the game.
But, the last Alberti bombardment turned the tide in Windham’s direction. Alberti nailed his fifth three-pointer from the top of the key, giving the Warriors the lead. Windham held on over the last 47 seconds to secure the 37-34 decision.
Alberti was the only Warrior to reach double figures by scoring a game-high 21 points. Brandon Terrill pulled down 11 rebounds and scored six points for Windham.
Marcus Moore and Josh Smith both scored 11 points to lead the Blue Devils. Margaretville played the contest without senior center Shane Delameter who is out for the season with a knee injury. Blue Devil point guard Brandon Lane was sick and did not play.

Lady Blue Devils split pair
It was one up and one down for the Margaretville girls’ basketball team as they played Windham and Hunter-Tannersville last week. Margaretville upended Windham, 30-19, early in the week before falling, 41-31, to H-T.
A big second quarter was the difference in Margaretville’s win over Windham. After the teams battled to a 4-4 tie in the first frame, Margaretville outscored their guests, 12-5, in the second frame and was never headed.
Both teams struggled offensively all night long. Margaretville outscored the Warriors 6-3 in the third quarter and 8-7 in the final frame.
Brandi Balcom scored seven points to lead Margaretville. Michelle O’Reilly grabbed 10 rebounds for the Blue Devils.
Second quarter blues prevented a repeat performance Thursday night at Hunter. Trailing 9-6 after one quarter, the Blue Devils were this time outscored 12-5 in a decisive second period. The Blue Devils could not make up the difference as they dropped a 41-31 decision.
Michelle Warren paced H-T with 11 points. Erica Faulkner took game-high scoring honors hitting 14 points for Margaretville.