2018-01-09 / Sports

Roscoe Wins Battle of Blue Devils in Downsville Boys Hoop Tourney

DOWNSVILLE — When Roscoe and Margaretville sports teams face one another, the Blue Devils will always win. That happened again in the championship game of Downsville Holiday boys’ tournament on Thursday, as a strong push in the third quarter propelled Roscoe to a 57-47 over Margaretville. The first quarter saw the two teams trading baskets, and it finished with a 12-10 lead for the R-Devils. The second stanza was also close all the way, and a three-point goal by Erick Hill in the closing seconds gave the R-Devils a 27-24 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, Roscoe pulled away, outscoring the MDevils by a 17-9 margin and taking a 44-32 lead. Despite a strong fourth frame by Margaretville’s Donovan Bullock, the R-Devils did not let the margin be closer than six points. Roscoe was led by Dan Clancy’s 15 points, Hill’s 12 points and seven assists, and Alex Rosario’s 12 points. Rosario got all of his points from beyond the arc, Clancy netted three from “downtown,” and Hill and Jared Gorr also had a “trey.” For the MDevils, Bullock connected for 21 points and Curtis Roberts added 18.

Roscoe Head Coach Fred Ahart commented, “The third quarter was the key, as we stretched a four-point halftime lead to a 12-point lead at the end of the third quarter. Team defense and getting our running game by finding open players in the team concept, were the key factors. Margaretville is a fine team and deserves credit. He also pointed out that his Blue Devils have now won six games in a row, after losing their first three games.

Margaretville Coach John Bernhardt remarked, “Roscoe played very well. The poise of their guards, their patience with the ball and their ability to extend possessions and get good shots all worked to their advantage. Two different times in the first half and once in the third period we made charges at them, but each time they answered. They also showed the ability to turn around situations where we appeared to have an advantage into an opportunity going their way. For example, we make a steal and settle for a threepointer that rebounds long and turns into a lay-up going the other way.”

He also stated, “It would be hard to argue against Roscoe’s outside shooting, they hit nine three-point goals. The Rosario kid has an uncanny release, but gets the ball away quickly. I was disappointed in our defense leading threes in the first quarter, but Roscoe some threes under defensive pressure as the game move forward. In two games this season, Rosario has scored nine threepoint shots against us. All of his points came on three-pointers.”

He continued, “Roscoe added a player this time around. Nik Breihof didn’t play in Margaretville. He did a nice job, and was a steadying influence in their offense, and is one more steady veteran player on the floor. Of course, with Sam Tanzer’s grandfather passing, we played one man down over the first Roscoe game. Sam’s an important part of our offense and has played improved defense this year. That, too, made a difference.”

Bernhardt also credited his leading players, Curtis Roberts and Donovan Bullock with having a strong tournament. He concluded, “I was pleased to be able to play in two hard, competitive contests over the break, and feel that we brought a lot to the court. Hopefully, that experience helps us as we move into the second half of the season.”

Clancy was named as the tournament’s most valuable player, and was joined on the all-tourney team by teammates Hill and Rosario, Margaretville’s Bullock and Darren Shaver of Deposit/ Hancock, which defeated host Downsville, 42-16 in the consolation game.

Shaver led the D/H Eagles with 11 points, and eight of his nine other teammates got into the scoring column. Jeremy Mousseau had seven of the host team’s 16 points.

In first round action on Wednesday, Roscoe defeated the host Eagles, 53-32, while Margaretville was victorious over another team of Eagles — Deposit/ Hancock, 56-40.

Roscoe scored in double digits in all four quarters, while Downsville did not score more than nine points in any quarter.

The R-Devils got 14 points and eight rebounds by Hill, while Clancy scored 11 and Nik Breihof added 10. Mousseau and Zack Gannett netted 11 points apiece for the home forces.

In the other opener, the M-Devils did most of their damage in the middle periods, scoring 36 points while D/H got 20. Curtis Roberts tallied 25 points and Bullock 16 for Margaretville, while Tanner Reither had six assists, four rebounds and a block. Shaver tallied 18 of the D/H points.

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