Wednesday, December 14, 2016
TRI-VALLEY WIN FIRST GAME
GRAHAMSVILLE- Recording their first win of the young season the Tri-Valley boys varsity basketball team Wednesday night used good defense and a 21-point scoring effort during the third quarter to post a 59-44 win over visiting Chapel Field Christian Academy from Pine Bush.
The win gives the Bears a 1-4 record and according to Tri-Valley coach Kevin Delaney he has been mostly concerned with the fact "that we're young and don't have a lot of court time between most of the guys."
Delaney pointed out having a young team "produces a lot of turnovers and sloppy play and although we have a lot of height they need to improve on their ball handling skills."
Chapel Field coach Joe Canazar entered his first game of the year with eight ballplayers, lost one to injury and played Wednesday's game with seven but were able to stay with the Bears for the first half trailing by six at halftime 30-24.
Coach Canazar's said the team has "some Asian boys which presents a language barrier but we played good offense the first half and with our limited number we ran out of gas in the second half."
Coach Delaney substituted freely in the third quarter and a combination of good defense and excellent scoring opportunities allowed the Bears to outscore Chapel Field 21-10 to take a 51-34 lead into the final eight minutes of play.
The score by quarters found Chapel Field outscoring Tri-Valley 14-13 in the first quarter, Tri-Valley edged the visitors 15-10 in the second quarter, and Chapel Field outscored Tri-Valley 10-8 in the fourth quarter.
The 21-point third quarter by the Bears found Junior Brennan Healy leading the way with seven points and Junior Richard Gonzalez with six two pointers.
Healy led Tri-Valley with a 23 points off 10 two pointers and three foul shots. Gonzelez hit for 22 total points off seven two pointers, one tray and five foul shots.
Jeremy Torres led Chapel Field's scoring with 20 points off two trays, six two pointers and two foul shots. Allan Hao added 13 points for the visitors off five two-pointers and three foul shots.
Turnovers were big in this game with Tri-Valley having 23 and Chapel Field committing 28.
Coach Delaney feels the "team definitely has the talent to get better and with more court time and practice time we should see a difference."
With the win Tri-Valley is 1-4 while Chapel Field falls to 0-1.
Tri-Valley travels to Bard College Saturday for a tournament which includes Pine Plains and returns home Monday for a non-league game against Tuxedo.
Tri-Valley Junior Brennan Healy (24) scores two of his team high 23 points as he soars past Chapel Field's Jeremy Torres (30) in Wednesday's 59-44 Tri-Valley win.
Tri-Valley Senior Nick Mungeer attempts a pass over Chapel Field's Allan Hao (11) and Matt Vassel (24) during the Bears Wednesday night 59-44 win.