Sawyer Haney scored his varsity high of 18 points to lead Cooperstown’s boys to a 54-39 Center State Conference basketball victory over visiting Westmoreland on Monday.
“He just went to the basket really well, and he got some steals in the open floor for layups,” Redskins coach Dave Bertram said of Haney. “He also guarded their best player (John Gerace) and he did an excellent job. (Gerace) had been getting about 15 a game and he only had three.”
Twelve of Haney’s points came in the first half as Cooperstown built a 32-19 lead.
When the teams met in late December, Ethan Bliss scored his season high of 34 points and made nine three-pointers in a Redskins blowout. This time, Westmoreland opened in a box-and-one on Bliss, who finished with 13 points and three threes.
“Jordan Manikas stepped up and Jack Donnelly did a nice job coming off the bench,” Bertram said. “You have to have that (balance), especially when they’re going to key on one guy. If not, you’ll lose. Collectively, we played really well.”
Donnelly and Manikas scored nine and seven points, respectively, for Cooperstown (6-5, 4-3), which will play Cobleskill-Richmondville in the consolation of the Dick White Tournament at 6 p.m. Saturday at Cooperstown.
Tyler Taverne had 15 points to lead Westmoreland.