The Oriskany boys basketball squad couldn’t avenge an earlier loss against longtime Center State Conference Division IV rival New York Mills on Wednesday night as the Redskins were handed a 64-45 setback on the road.
The Redskins led for much of the first half before Mills’ Nick Comenale drained a buzzer-beating three-pointer before halftime to give the Marauders a 35-34 lead. With the lead, the hosts’ defense shut down the Redskins in the second half, holding them to 11 points, including three in the fourth quarter.
Oriskany was playing without senior guard and the team’s leading scorer, Steve McCorduck because he had suffered an ankle sprain earlier this week in practice. Oriskany coach Bob Reid said he hopes that McCorduck, who had been averaging 14.2 points per game, will return in a few weeks.
Steve Rossi had 20 points, eight rebounds and four blocks to lead the Redskins, 5-1 in the league and 8-2 overall, while Austin Smith added 10 points, Cody Murphy had eight rebounds and Anthony Pickard added five points and seven assists.
Matt Welch led defending state champion New York Mills with 25 points and 16 rebounds.
Mills improved to 6-0 in the league and 9-1 overall under the direction of coach Mike Adey of Rome.
Mills had defeated Oriskany, 61-53 in overtime, during the title game of their annual Ed Wadas Tournament. The two teams will meet again on Feb. 2 in Oriskany.
Westmoreland edged at home
Westmoreland lost its third straight game as visiting CSC Division III foe Waterville posted a 47-44 win.
Making his first varsity start of the season, Justin Becker led the Bulldogs with a team-high 18 points to go along with five steals, and five rebounds.
Teddy Flint also contributed with 11 points and Tyler Witter had six for the 2-3 in the league and 2-7 overall Bulldogs..
Poland pounds Remsen
Remsen remained searching for its first win of the season after suffering a 65-37 setback against visiting CSC Division IV foe Poland.
Adam McDonald netted in a team-high 14 points, as Kyle Gargas had nine, and Casey Corrigan finished with seven points for the 0-6 in the league and 0-11 Rams.
Poland improved to 4-2 in league play and 7-3 overall.