Democrat Photo by Frank Rizzo
ONE WAY TO
STOP HIM: Craig Corigliano of
Jeff-Youngsville was the high scorer in the
championship game of the Sullivan Generals Summer
Basketball League with 14 points. Here, he draws
a foul from Fallsburgs Jesse Hinton (3) as
Lionel White of Fallsburg (12) also tries to
block his way.
By Frank Rizzo
LOCH SHELDRAKE August 22, 2000 The big
court, everyone agreed, made the difference as
Jeff-Youngsville shocked Fallsburg 55-45 in the
boys finals of the Sullivan Generals Summer League.
The contest was played August 10 at the Paul Gerry
In their regular season encounter, Fallsburg had
prevailed thanks in part to an effective trapping
defense. However, that game was played on one of the
fieldhouses small courts, making it easier to
stifle the Jeff-Y ballhandlers.
The championship game was a different matter, and
Fallsburg coach Les Hyde admitted his charges
previously unbeaten werent ready for the big
They (J-Y) beat my zone, and beat my halfcourt
defense, Hyde said. They really broke our
press and beat us at our own game. They played a great
Not only was it the first contest which Fallsburg lost,
it was also the first in which the regular season
champions were behind.
J-Y took a 29-22 lead at halftime, and never let
Fallsburg come within four the rest of the night.
Fallsburg fell behind 38-27 when Matt Parks sank a
3-pointer from the corner with 8:50 left. Then Fallsburg
roused itself from a cold spell to score six straight
points, the last on a pair of free throws by John Hinton
with 7:32 to go.
But J-Y responded with a bucket by Gregg Semenetz, couple
of foul shots by Craig Corigliano (he made eight from the
charity stripe overall), and then another basket by
Semenetz, following a feed off a steal by Jon Fanning.
The score was now 44-33.
Fallsburg cut it to eight, but J-Y had the game locked
Hyde admitted that his squad began to play less as a team
and reverted to some playground style individual antics
in a bid to make up the points.
A little bit of the street came out
again, Hyde said. All season long Ive
tried to suppress it, but under the championship game
pressure it came out.
Jeff-Youngsville was student-coached by
99 alumnus Julio Ortiz and 2000 grad Chris
Our plan was to give to our post guys, said
Rodriguez, referring to 6-foot-7 Jason Ahnstrom and 6-4
Alex Van Loon.
The pair combined for 14 points in the paint and
dominated the boards.
(Fallsburg) beat us by 15 and intimidated us the
first time, said Ortiz. We had to come out
tonight and show we could play with them.
Ortiz said his team had gone up to Brockport to take part
in a tournament the previous weekend, finishing 42
against bigger schools.
If the kids keep playing together, theyll
have a good season, said Rodriguez, referring to
the upcoming varsity basketball campaign.
Among the interested spectators were longtime J-Y varsity
basketball coach Rick Ellison and his assistant, Bob
Roscoe downed Dowsnville in the consolation game. No
details were available.
League organizer Dean Smith praised the work of Daytop
Village personnel, who kept the scorebooks and supplied
and ran the portable scoreboard.
They did 66 games worth of scorekeeping,
according to Smith.
Jeff-Youngsville 55 Fallsburg 45
Jeff-Youngsville Craig Corigliano (14), Brent Rose
(2), Mike McCardle (4), John Fanning (7), Mike Ahnstrom
(10), Neil Snedeker (0), Matt Parks (6), Jared Hart (0),
Tom Gain (0), Gregg Semenetz (8), Alex Van Loon (4).
Fallsburg Jesse Hinton (1), John Hinton (15),
Darren Kenney (2), Brooks Whittaker (5), Lionel White
(9), Vernon Poole (4), Scott Akene (0), Donald Frasier
(7), Courtney Frasier (2).