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Camden ends long string of defeats against VVS

"Field hurt us, but I think we did a good job on Spinella because when’s hot, he’s dangerous," said Bird. "Last year, he put 29 on us here, and he can shoot anywhere, so you got to pick and choose your position. I thought by at least holding one of them down that gave us a chance. If they both went off, then I think it would’ve been maybe a long night for us."

Senior Colby Stratton also knocked in 13 points and senior Karl Kirch added 10 points for Camden.

The fouls also caught up with the Red Devils in the third period, as well with six infractions over Camden’s one foul and totaling 23 team fouls with Nash Robb and Alex Saville both fouling out, while the Blue Devils committed 16 fouls. The mishaps proved costly as Camden swished in 21-of-39 shots from the charity stripe with McCarthy leading in that category too, shooting 12-for-16.

VVS tried to come back and muster up a rally and did so in the fourth while trailing by 12 points in the first part of the period when Spinella sailed in his second three-pointer then Field took control by getting in seven points and cutting the lead to 49-45 at around the three-minute minute mark as Kirch made one free throw for Camden’s only score during the VVS comeback. However when it mattered most, VVS couldn’t get the ball into the net for a chance to tie it.

"We just didn’t seem like we came out with any intensity at first," said VVS head coach Bob Esposito. "We got behind and we were chasing the whole game. We cut it to four and we had our chances at the end but we just couldn’t make the baskets when we needed it."

Esposito did say though that a positive that came out of the loss was VVS never quitting.

"We didn’t quit even when we were down by 12 at the most," he said. "Camden’s well-coached and they do things down the stretch when they have to, and hats off to them."

He added that even though the Red Devils’ record drops to 6-7, he’s still been satisfied with their performance all season as the Class B team have had to match up against a tough schedule this year with several games against Class A schools or higher.

VVS will look to rebound on Wednesday when they host Nottingham High of Syracuse at 6:30 p.m. and Camden will host Altmar-Parish-Williamstown on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

RomeSentinel.com

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