HERE THEY GO AGAIN…MARAUDERS HEADED BACK TO GLENS FALLS-BEAT MARATHON 70-57
# 3 JT Ross and the Marauders race past marathon!
Sports fans who love the pomp and circumstance of the Summer Olympics, or maybe just sports history buffs, know the important roll that a marathon race played in early games might relate to the plight of the Marathon Olympians Saturday’s Class D Regional opponent for the New York Mills Marauders.
When the dust settled on the Marauder’s 70-57 over Marathon it was evident even to the casual observer that the Olympians were more suited to a Marathon that the fast paced, 100 meter type sprint race that the boys from the Mills threw at them.
The uptempo game set up by the rebounding prowess of the Mill’s bigs, Cody Mariotti, Jacob Kehrli and Zach Vennaro helped JT Ross and Nick Comenale blow past the Olympians defenders on a regular basis.
With the impressive win over the Section IV Champs ,the Marauder’s (19-3) state ranked # 3, are slated to take the court in their 11:45AM appointment with the states # 1 ranked Class D team Argyle (21-0) from Section 2.
Should be a dandy as New York Mills heads back to the Final Four for the third time in the last five years. The boys from Beekman won it all in 2010.
The “Three Amigo’s” made sure this one was securely tucked away in the win column early in Oneonta.
Nick Comenale, Cody Mariotti, and Andrew Suprenant combined for 52 points to led New York Mills.
Comenale led all scorers with 22 points, 6 rebounds, 10 steals and 6 assists.
Mariotti added 19 points, and 11 rebounds and Suprenant had 11 points for New York Mills. Zach Vennaro had 7 points and 5 assists.
D.J. Kirilko netted 7 points and had another solid outing for New York Mills. Jon Ross chipped in 4 points and did a great job setting up the big guys inside.
With balance like this on the scoring sheet, Argyle might want to pull up their socks as they prepare for the well rounded New York Mills offensive attack.
The Marauders started off on the slow side but still led 14-9 after one quarter of play.
New York Mills, like anyone who plays in the wide open expanses of Dewar Court at SUNY Oneonta, started out cold from the floor until they to get a feel for the background and found the range.
Find the range they did, breaking this quarter final contest open by outscoring the Olympians by a dozen, 23-1.
The huge second quarter propelled New York Mills to a 17 point lead 37-20 at the half. A well earned lead that the Marauders would not relinquish.
A stunned Marathon team went to the locker room wondering what hit them.
Kody Barry did his best to help keep the Olympians in the game scoring 19 points for his team but the Mills did a great job on defense shutting down Jeff Contri. They held him to just 9 points well below his average.
Dan Lincoln chipped in 12 to try to get his team back in the game. However, Marathon could never figure out how to slow down the determined Marauders who refused to slow down on their way to 70.
Marathon did not go down without a fight as they outscored New York Mills 17-14 in the third frame and by a single point, 20-19 in the final eight minutes of play.
The problem for the Olympians was that they could not take back the game changing second quarter when this one was decided.
New York Mills used a combination of overall team speed and great defense spearheaded by there long armed forwards and guards to control the tempo all game long.
The boxing out by the big guys inside didn’t hurt the Marauders cause either as Marathon was one and done on the offensive end of the court on far too many occasions.
Marathon, whose Olympians played only one Class D team during the regular season and then won a Section IV title as the 10th seed, finished 10-13.
Fans and prognosticators alike talked all week about the fact that the Olympians played up in class all season long and talked about the tough schedule the Section IV team played possibly giving them an edge over the Section III champs.
The six seniors that dot the New York Mills roster are thrilled to be headed back to Glens Falls feeling that they left a lot on the table and hardwood last year falling to Sackets Harbor as the Patriots went on to win a state title of their own.
Champions of the Center State Conference Division 4, the Marauders finished the season 10-2 in league play and 15-3 overall.
New York Mills opened Sectional play with a first round win over #15 seed Copenhagen, 61-49. It was the 5th straight year the Marauders won their opening game.
In the Quarter-Finals, the Marauders defeated the #7 seed Oriskany, 71-57. It was the Marauders second win over Oriskany this season in their third meeting.
In the Semi-Finals, the Marauders defeated the #3 seed Faith Heritage, 56-43.
In the Section 3 Finals, the Marauders defeated #4 seed Cincinnatus, 60-35, to claim their 5th straight Class D Championship.
The Marathon Olympians opened sectional play with a 75-67 victory over the #10 seed and defending Section IV Champion South Kortright.
In the quarter-finals the Olympians defeated #2 seed Margaretville, 55-49. Up next in the Section IV Semi Finals the Olympians beat Edmeston, 60-46.
Last weekend Marathon defeated #1 seed Morris, 60-55, to earn the date against New York Mills on Saturday in Oneonta.
New York Mills 70 Marathon 57
1 2 3 4 Total
Marathon 9 11 17 20 57
New York Mills 14 23 14 19 70
MHTS Scoring Summary:
New York Mills:
J.T. Ross 4