Starling last-second basket gives Bees win over Liverpool

first_img Tags: Baldwinsvilleboys basketball Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Four days earlier, Starling had, in one afternoon against reigning state Class AA champion West Genesee, surpassed 1,000 career points and then scored 16 in the fourth quarter to carry his team past the Wildcats.Now, against a Liverpool side that had beaten both West Genesee and Corcoran in December, Starling delivered again.Up until the very end, Liverpool’s defensive strategy – shut down everyone around Starling – worked quite well. The two sides traded the lead throughout the first half with little separation, and even though Starling had 16 points in the half, the Bees only led by two, 27-25, at the break.What helped keep Liverpool close was an ability to close out quarters. Jacob Vacco’s 3-pointer beat the first-quarter horn, and Romeo Clarke did the same in the final seconds of the third quarter, reducing B’ville’s lead to 37-35.The back-and-forth battle raged through the final minutes. It was tied, 45-45, when Starling’s sixth 3-pointer of the night got his team in front.After it pulled back within one, 48-47, Liverpool got possession with 30 seconds left. Instead of holding for a last shot, it instead worked it to Jack Pento, who fired a running, one-handed jumper with 20 seconds to play and converted, putting the Warriors up by one.But Starling would get the final word and finish the night with 35 points, inching within eight of B’ville’s career scoring leader, Brett Botsford, who had 1,070 points in his Bees tenure from 2005 to ’08.On Friday night, when B’ville visited Henninger, Starling would make his way past Botsford’s mark and now stood as the Bees’ all-time leading scorer – but the Black Knights would win the night, prevailing 58-47.From start to finish, Henninger’s attention was on Starling, and the pressure worked as he managed just 18 points, and though Trombley led the Bees with 19 points and Nicholson added eight points, Nate Ray had the Bees’ only other field goal.Up 26-24 at halftime, the Black Knights outscored the Bees 20-12 in the third quarter and never got caught. Nine different Black Knights got on the scoreboard, twice B’ville’s total, as Tong Mading led the way with 19 points.So the Bees hit the midway point of the regular season at 7-3, and hosts a big game against 8-2 Corcoran on Tuesday before welcoming Cicero-North Syracuse next Friday. One of the many marks of greatness for an athlete is performing to expectations, or exceeding them, even when everyone and everything is designed to stop them from doing so.Such was the case in the closing seconds of Tuesday night’s boys basketball game between Baldwinsville and Liverpool at Onondaga Community College’s’ Allyn Hall.Trailing by one and having the ball, the Bees were going to put the matter in the capable hands of J.J. Starling, even though the Warriors were going to put several defenders on him to try and impede his path to the basket. Five seconds remained when Starling inbounded the ball from the right side, in front of his team’s bench, passing it to Bo Nicholson, who, defended by Kyle Caves, immediately dished it back to Starling.Starting the dribble with his left hand, Starling crossed over to his right, split two more Liverpool defenders and, with a second to spare, laid the ball off the glass and through the net as the clock expired.Just like that, B’ville had earned a 50-49 victory, had improved its overall record to 7-2, and Starling had another entry in his growing ledger of legend.last_img read more

Men’s volleyball falls in straight sets

first_imgThe men’s volleyball team fell at No. 8 UCSB in straight sets (19-25, 19-25, 21-25).USC (3-12, 3-10 MPSF) entered tonight coming off a big five-set upset versus No. 5 Hawaii, but after an eight day lay-off, the Trojans came out of the gates flat, falling behind 2-0.On the other side of the net, UCSB (12-6, 8-5 MPSF) came ready to play. Redshirt junior outside hitter Jacob Delson propelled the Gauchos to the early lead with 15 kills and a .652 hitting percentage. Redshirt senior outside hitter Austin Kingi added seven more kills and hit .385. The Gauchos as a team hit .436 though the first two sets and .317 for the match.The Trojans had no answer to the Gaucho attack as their season-long blocking struggles continued. The team recorded only four blocks through the first two sets and added one more in an error-ridden third. USC also struggled attacking throughout the match, recording a meager 31 kills and 18 errors on 89 attempts — a .146 hitting percentage.In the third set, the Trojans looked more competitive as they traded off points with the Gauchos, but service errors cost them the match. Three early service errors prevented the Trojans from running away with the set, but they still had control with a 15-13 lead. However, a fourth service error off the hands of senior outside hitter Alex Slaught turned the moment to the Gauchos who would win five consecutive points through a USC timeout to take an 18-15 lead. Coach Jeff Nygaard tried to stop the bleeding with a second timeout and subbed in freshman opposite Ryan Moss. Moss recorded a quick kill, but three more service errors effectively killed the Trojans’ chances at a comeback.The Gauchos did not play their best in that set either as they hit only marginally better at a mark of .074. That said, they recorded three blocks and stymied USC’s offense.It was an ugly set to watch that ended a season sweep for the Gauchos over the Trojans. With nine games left in MPSF play, the two teams are in very different positions. The Gauchos are sitting near the top of the league with an almost surefire chance at making the playoffs. Their focus will be on making late season improvements to make a run for the NCAA tournament. Meanwhile the Trojans will have to give it their all to make the MPSF playoffs in coach Nygaard’s first year at the helm.last_img read more