Alex Rau | Democrat
Livingston Manor’s Terrance Lockhart (5) grabs a rebound during Thursday’s league opener against Chapel Field. Lockhart finished with a team-high 20 points in the Wildcats’ loss.
Chapel Field 58 - Livingston Manor 45
Story by Alex Rau
LIVINGSTON MANOR December 17, 2013 Chapel Field surged ahead of host Livingston Manor late in the second half to come away with a 58-45 victory Thursday night in the OCIAA Division 6 league opener for both teams.
Despite a solid effort which kept the game close for much of the first three quarters, the wheels fell off for Livingston Manor in the fourth as they turned the ball over eight times and scored only six points. Chapel Field took full advantage and command of the game over the final eight minutes.
Manor’s Terrance Lockhart stepped up scoring 20 points with four blocks and eight rebounds. Dillon Taggart added 11 points with three three pointers and two assists.
“We were pressed the whole game, made some bad passes and missed lay-ups,” said Manor coach Charlie Hicks. “We played hard, we just didn’t execute what we needed to.”
Coming into their fourth game of the season with a 1-2 record, Chapel Field game of the season with a 1-2 record, Chapel Field was able to capitalize on the Manor turnovers and hitting 11 free throws to take control late in the third and into the fourth.
“I thought they had us, they came out strong” said Chapel Field coach Joe Canazon.
With 2:15 left in the 3rd and a tie score at 37 a piece, Chapel Field’s Josh Buckner sank two foul shots to pull Chapel ahead and never look back. Manor was unable to catch up for the remainder of the game.
Buckner ended with 12 points, while junior shooting guard Elias Oquendo led all scorers with 29 points.
“When things get jammed up, Elias gets us out of a hole,” said Canazon. “ He’s fearless.”
Chapel Field is now 2-2 overall and 1-0 in the league. Manor fell to 1-1, 0-1 league.
Tri-Valley 53 - Livingston Manor 46
By Ed Townsend
LIVINGSTON MANOR December 17, 2013 Tri-Valley built an eight-point lead over host Livingston Manor through three quarters and then held firm in the fourth quarter to post a tough 53-46 non-league boys’ basketball victory Friday night.
Manor's height advantage helped the Wildcats race out to an early 7-0 lead. More than four minutes passed before Tri-Valley scored its first two points. Manor opened up a four-point advantage after the first quarter, 13-9.
An aggressive defense by Tri-Valley in the second quarter keyed a 13-4 spurt that built a five-point cushion. Zack Nilsen, Dion Lynch, Thomas Mungeer and Justin Swarthout all hit buckets during the second-quarter run.
"We didn't expect the 3-2 zone from them [to open the game],” said Tri-Valley coach Brian Tingley. “We haven't had a lot of practice with snow days and we were a bit rusty in the first quarter."
Tri-Valley (2-0, 0-0) extended the lead to eight points in the third quarter, erupting for 21 points during the eight-minute stanza. Manor stayed in the game as Dillion Taggert hit on two three pointers.
Livingston Manor (1-2, 0-1) outscored Tri-Valley 11-10 in the final eight minutes of play to keep the game within reach.
Turnovers, which could be attributed to Tri-Valley’s strong defense, played a big factor in the final outcome with Manor committing 35 miscues to Tri-Valley's 11.
Lack of practice due to snow days and cancellation of games made both teams look a little rusty. This was the Bears second game following a semifinal win in the Walton Tip-Off Tournament which placed them in the championship game against Walton scheduled for January 6 at Walton.
Tri-Valley guard Sam Tingley connected on three three-pointers and led the team in scoring with 11 points. Jesus Lozada, Mike Post, Justin Swarthout and Devin Donnelley each scored seven points for the Bears.
Dillon Taggert topped all scorers with 13 points off three three-pointers and four foul shots. Terrance Lockhart added 11 points and David Dutcher 10 for the Wildcats.
Livingston Manor coach Charlie Hicks was pleased with his team’s first half, but felt fatigue got the best of his young team.
"I was excited about the way we played,” said Hicks. “We played last night in a real physical, fast-paced game [against Chapel Field] and you could see the kind of toll it took as we started to peter out a little bit after the first quarter."
Hicks said that Tingley noticed his team’s energy loss and started running double teams and substituting.
“He knew we were getting tired, and he kept his guys fresh as a couple of our key guys, big men and point guard, got into foul trouble,” said Hicks.
"Our inexperience and fatigue took its toll."
Hicks pointed out that his team is comprised of "inexperienced juniors and seniors and I think we will be alright as soon as we find the right mix of guards to get the ball into our big centers."
Tingley praise his team’s defense and noted, "we played everybody and wanted to speed it up and get up and down fast and tire them out."
Asked if he was surprised by Manor's first quarter of play Tingley said, "they are always tough here and they are not going to come out and lay down."
Tingley noted that this was just Tri-Valley’s second game after weather has cancelled three others.