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Wednesday, January 22, 2020


Bears edge Wildcats in nailbiter

Jan 9, 2020

By Ed Townsend - reporter/photographer

By: Ed Townsend | Democrat
Tri-Valley's Thomas Lynch (13) shoots a two point attempt as Livingston Manor's Case LeRoy (10) attempts a block in Tuesday night's game at Livingston Manor, which was won by Tri-Valley, 33-32. Lynch scored the winning point with a foul shot in the game's closing seconds.
LIVINGSTON MANOR -- Pass out the nail clippers as a nail biter ended in Livingston Manor Tuesday night with the Tri-Valley Bears edging out the Livingston Manor Wildcats, 33-32.
Tri-Valley took a one-point 26-25 lead into the final eight minutes of play and with both teams popping the nets for seven points each, this low scoring affair went to the Bears.
There were no big leads by Livingston Manor or Tri-Valley throughout the game. At one point in the first quarter the Bears took an 8-1 lead at 4:48, and led 26-19 with two-minutes left in the second quarter, but the Wildcats clawed their way back to tie or take slim leads.
Quarter scores found Tri-Valley winning the first quarter 8-7 but the second quarter saw the teams tied at 17-17.
Highlights of the fourth quarter saw both teams tied at 26-26 and at the 2:49 mark they were again tied at 30-30 as foul shots then controlled the games final score.

At the 2:09 mark Livingston Manor's Garrett Shaver stepped to the foul line and missed both foul shots but at the 1:35 click of the clock, Tri-Valley's Thomas Lynch toed the foul line and sank two free throws giving the Bears a two- point 32-30 lead.
The final seconds of the game saw Lynch again on the foul line at 47.6 left on the clock and he sank what proved to be the winning point.
Livingston Manor's Case LeRoy scored a two-pointer with 10 seconds left on the clock as both teams scrambled for the inbound pass with time running out.
Leading scorers for Tri-Valley were Andrew Cox and Lynch with seven points each. For Livingston Manor, LeRoy had 10 points, Shaver 9 and Connor Gorr 8 points.
In the turnover department, Livingston Manor had 26 to Tri-Valley's 19.
Winning coach Kevin Delaney said his Tri-Valley team, “Played very sloppy and did not execute well offensively.”
“Lack of ball movement kept us from getting the ball inside to the post,” Delaney added.
Livingston Manor Coach Adam Larson noted his team, “Played well and showed a lot of heart.”
Larson spoke about losing his star player, Pete Pagan, who recently moved to Florida and in his last game scored 33 points. “It's hard to replace a guy like that but we played well without him on the court,” Larson said. “We had too many give-away possessions and we didn't secure our rebounds enough.”

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