There’s a reason Bainbridge-Guilford’s boys are getting looks this basketball season.
The state-ranked Bobcats received a season-high 20 points from senior point guard Corbin Palmer and a double-double from senior forward Austin Bauerle on Wednesday, when they cruised to a 68-45 Midstate Athletic Conference victory over visiting Harpursville.
“I thought we’d be good this season,” said B-G coach Greg Warren, whose team moved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the conference despite losing 2011-12 co-MAC MVP Ryan Porter to graduation. “It’s nice to be recognized.”
Porter, who shared MAC MVP honors with Unatego graduate Travis Woods last season, averaged 16.8 points, 12 rebounds and 2.3 blocks en route to a Seventh Team all-state selection in Class C.
The Bobcats have been just fine without Porter, though, as the state’s 14th-ranked team in Class C is already almost halfway to last season’s victory total. B-G capped an 11-8 campaign last season with a 56-50 loss to Union Springs in the first round of the Section Four Class C Tournament.
Palmer went 6-for-6 from the free throw line Wednesday to up his season total to 35-for-42 (83 percent).
Bauerle finished with 13 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and four steals for the Bobcats, who received 13 points from Lucas Butcher. Brooks Harmon contributed 10 points and eight rebounds for B-G, which got 10 rebounds and six points from Mike Carlin.
“Bauerle was a good rebounder last year, too,” Warren said. “He’s really getting after the glass, and we got a big game from Carlin tonight. We needed that.”
Justin Koranka’s 16 points paced the Hornets, who received 12 from Jon Andrews.
B-G looks to keep rolling Friday, when it hosts defending MAC champion Unatego (3-2, 2-0).
“That will be a big game,” Warren said. “They’re going to be competitive again. They’re a good team.”
Unatego 73, Oxford 48
Quinn Barnhart scored seven of his 14 points in the third quarter as Unatego pulled away from visiting Oxford in a MAC game.
“In the third quarter, we turned up the defensive pressure, man-to-man,” Unatego coach Jim Knight said of his team’s 23-12 advantage in the third period. “We had 27 steals in the game. We started turning them over and getting transition baskets.”
Kellen Komenda and Tanner Winchester each scored 16 points to lead the Spartans (3-2, 2-0). Barnhart also had nine rebounds and guarded Oxford’s 6-foot-5 senior Andrew Golden, who led all scorers with 29 points.
“Barnhart, I thought he played a heck of a game on him,” Knight said. “I was shocked when I opened the book and saw he had 29. He’s just a special player. He’s 6-5, but he can dribble and he can take the ball to the top of the court and shoot threes. He’s a tough matchup for anybody, but I thought Barnhart did a great job on him.”
Komenda also had six steals for Unatego, which visits B-G on Friday.
CV-S 68, G-MU 26
Kyle Jaquay scored a game-high 15 points to lead Cherry Valley-Springfield to a road victory in the Tri-Valley League.
Denzel Heyliger scored 12 points, Isiah Montgomery had 11 and Dustin Collins contributed 10 for the Patriots (4-1, 2-1), who jumped to a 28-0 lead after one quarter.
Tim French scored 14 points for Gilbertsville-Mount Upton (0-5, 0-3), which plays Margaretville in the first round of the Downsville Tournament on Dec. 27.
RS 56, Edmeston 44
Joe Kelly scored 11 of his game-high 15 points in the fourth quarter, helping Richfield Springs remain undefeated with a Tri-Valley League road win.
“We’re young and without a few guys, but we played them scrappy and stayed with them for three quarters,” said Edmeston coach Darren Belden, whose team was outscored, 16-6, in the final period. “In the fourth quarter, Joe Kelly took over the game.”
Kelly made 7 of 11 free throws and two field goals in the last period.
Keegan Wheelock-Tanner scored 11 points and Thomas Worobey hit three three-pointers for Richfield Springs (4-0, 3-0).
“I think they’re going to be competitive with anybody in the league,” Belden said. “They’re very quick. They push the ball upcourt and are on the move all the time. They don’t let you rest.
“I can’t fault the way our guys played,” he continued. “We just came up short.”
Logan Vibbard scored nine points to lead Edmeston (2-3, 1-2), which plays at Morris on Dec. 28 in the first round of the Ray Clement Tournament. That game will count in the Tri-Valley League standings.
Cooperstown 3, Waterville 2
Erin Hascup had 38 digs and Katie Booan finished with 27 assists as Cooperstown rallied from two games down Monday to earn a Center State Conference road win.
The Redskins lost the first two games, 25-22, 26-24, but followed with a 25-20, 25-14, 25-8 run to improve to 4-1 this season.
Caroline Leonard contributed 14 kills and Brooke Liner had 10 for Cooperstown, which will compete in the Hamilton Tournament on Dec. 29.
D/H 31, B-G/A 27
Jason Lobdell’s 4-2 decision over Kevin Hubbard at 132 pounds gave visiting Deposit/Hancock an insurmountable lead in a Midstate Athletic Conference dual meet.
Deposit/Hancock won five straight matches before Ben Bivar earned a 5-1 decision over Trevor Stiles at 126 pounds to pull Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton to 28-12 with four matches left.
Lobdell followed with the decisive points before the Bears closed with a decision by Tim Parsons at 138, a forfeit victory for Jesse Griswold at 145, and a second-period pin by Justin Cirigliano at 152.
Mark Viviano contributed a 3-2 win over David McKee at 220 pounds for B-G/A, which opened the match with a forfeit victory at 170 pounds for Jamie Griswold.