For the 5-2 Class D Eldred Yellow Jackets boys team, that memorable win was recorded on the road against Class C Tri-Valley on January 17. In the same week wherein Eldred trumped Class B Sullivan West 60-50 on the road, the 68-65 non-league win against the quick 5-3 Bears was momentous to say the least. Senior guard Bray Curreri led the charge with 22 points, as the Jackets had four players in double figures including David Powers with 13, Nik Dilles with 11 and Peter Vorstadt with 10. Tri-Valley buried eight three-pointers in the game with five of those coming from senior Sam Tingley including one with 8.1 seconds remaining. When Dilles travelled on the ensuing inbounds possession, Tri-Valley had a chance to tie the game with another trey, and Tingley sent it aloft, but it missed, as did the follow-up, long-range missile fired by teammate Jesus Lozada. Eldred is currently unbeaten in its league play as it prepares to face Chapel Field, which also has an unblemished league record. Eldred ousted Chapel Field in last year’s sectional semi-final before losing to defending champion John A. Coleman Catholic.
It was a tough week for Sullivan West 2-7 (1-2 OCIAA), which, after falling to Eldred, fell to Monticello 76-61 despite the heroics of senior Chance Bibbo, who led his team with 19 points that included a trio of third quarter treys, before losing a critical league game to Fallsburg 63-55. The Westies will travel to Fallsburg on January 23 in a do-or-die rematch with the Comets. The Dawgs must win that game and complete a season sweep of Liberty to make it back to sectionals. Monticello 4-6 lost to S.S. Seward 76-64 in the Spartans’ first-ever trip into the “Pit.” Seward 9-1 (3-0 OCIAA) currently sits atop of Class C.