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Sports > High School >> Basketball

Rising to the occasion

Manor Wildcats eke out tournament title win over Sullivan West

Feb 6, 2020

By Richard Ross - reporter/photographer

Fallsburg's Dereck Williams defies gravity to score two of his 21 points in the Consolation Game win over Eldred.
LIVINGSTON MANOR—There are few mysteries remaining as to which teams will be vying in the upcoming sectionals. In that sense the Ride 2 Survive Fundraising tournament that featured host Manor, Sullivan West, Fallsburg and Eldred had no critical bearing.
That said, every game tests the mettle of a team and in the crucial do-or-die frays of the looming sectionals, team chemistry, grit, timely shooting, stringent defense, free throw accuracy and the ability to withstand another team's runs will be the determining factors in keeping a team's season alive.
The last time Manor played Sullivan West the teams were tied at 19-all heading into the second half before Sullivan West exploded to a 50-33 win. This rematch bore some of the same first half drama, but it continued right to the final buzzer with the Wildcats holding on for a 47-46 win.
Ultimately, free throw shooting, as it almost always does, was the deciding factor.
Manor canned 5-for-8 in the final stanza with Tournament All-Star Patrick DiBartolo hitting four of his five attempts as part of an eight-point fourth quarter output that gave him a team-high 13 points on the night. Sullivan West was playing its third straight game and the effects were showing. From the stripe the Dawgs were a paltry three-for-nine in the final quarter.
Sullivan West led 10-6 at the end of the first quarter. At the half Manor led 18-16. The Westies had a 34-29 lead at the end of three but Manor outscored the Bulldogs 18-12 to garner the win. Manor improved to 6-6. They are 3-0 in the division. Sullivan West fell to 7-9. Ryan Mace paced the Dawgs with 18 points and was named to the All-Tournament team with teammate Gabe Campanelli.
Fallsburg's Raymond Thompson and Manor's Patrick DiBartolo along with tourney MVP Connor Gorr rounded out the All-Start selections.
Coach John Meyer talked first about the 72-35 Senior Night win over Roscoe the night before in Lake Huntington. Noting how well his kids played including Gabe Campenelli's monster night that included 35 points and 21 rebounds. “Everyone did their job and that's what Senior Night is all about,” Meyer said.
He also talked about Roscoe Coach Fred Ahart and the honor of coaching against him. “It was uplifting to see him there and still battling his illness. He coached against me back in the 80's. To see him still on the sidelines is mind-boggling to me,” Meyer said.
Unfortunately, whether it was fatigue or just Manor's consistent refusal to quit, the Dawgs couldn't keep the streak going after beating Eldred handily at the college in the BCANY tourney and vanquishing Roscoe.
“We got in some foul trouble early which is no excuse,” Meyer said. “They're a good team but we have to play better than that. Adam Larson is a great coach and he got his guys to do what he wanted them to do. We didn't make foul shots and it came down to the little things. It wasn't helpful that Cody Powell got hurt. He left with a cut over his eye in the fourth quarter and did not return.” Nick Dworetsky and Owen Sager hit big threes to keep the Dawgs right in it until the free throws decided the outcome.
Adam Larson agreed that his kids showed a lot of poise. “I couldn't be prouder of the guys right now because they're coming together as a family and pushing each other in practice every day,” he said. “The effect of that showed today. Our guys hung in there against a team with some big, strong guys. We made the shots when we needed to and got some key stops.”
Manor has a rematch with Tri-Valley coming up. They lost to the Bears by one point earlier in the season. Sullivan West will play its fourth game of the week today against Liberty.
In the consolation game Fallsburg demolished Eldred 74-33. The Comets improved to 6-8, while Eldred still only has two wins on the season.
Raymond Thompson led the Comets with 28 points and Dereck Williams had 21. The two had a couple of authoritative dunks in the game. In the opening round of the tournament Sullivan West defeated Eldred 58-26, while Manor bested Fallsburg 45-35.

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