Friday, January 22, 2010

Moshier: Boys basketball scene blurry at best

It’s getting more and more difficult to figure out this boys basketball season.

Around these Section III parts, there are only a few sure things: Class D New York Mills and Class C West Canada Valley, unbeaten and ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the state, respectively, are for real, and Thomas R. Proctor High School’s Raiders remain one of the many Section III title contenders in a wide-open Class AA race.

After that, it’s hard to determine who’s up and who’s down. There were more examples of that over the past week or two.

In the Tri Valley League: East Division leader Notre Dame lost its first league game of the season to Whitesboro (59-56), Camden ended an 83-game TVL losing streak with a win over Clinton (53-51), and then Clinton turned around and beat New Hartford (52-48).

In the Center State Conference: Little Falls’ Mounties may be last in the Division I standings and 0-14 overall, but in their last three CSC I games they have lost to Frankfort-Schuyler 74-72 in overtime, lost to league-leading Dolgeville 59-55, and lost to 13-1 Mohawk 54-50 in overtime.

And two CSC rematches I thought would be worth watching turned out to be mismatches: Division II leader Mount Markham avenged a 56-53 loss with a 65-50 romp over Sauquoit Valley that wasn’t nearly as close as that final score might indicate and Division III leader West Canada Valley cruised to a 63-37 win over Westmoreland, whose Bulldogs had won nine straight and were hoping to avenge their only loss.

What does all of this parity (some might say, mediocrity) mean? It means that New York Mills and West Canada Valley are the only area teams you can really count on playing for a Section III title when the Utica Memorial Auditorium hosts the boys’ championships March 5-7.

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