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The steepest ascent

Tri-Valley senior Jesus Lozada fires in one of his six three-point shots in the win over Chester. Lozada led the way with 26 points in the 75-66 win that afforded the Bears home court advantage against Chester in the February 25 Class C semifinals.

By Richard A Ross
February 26, 2014

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Far below this high plateau of the winter basketball season lie the foothills where it all began. And along the steady rise of the trail that began with the start of the season are teams that fell by the wayside lacking what was needed to climb higher. But for those few teams who made it to the sectionals, from which only one boys and girls team can emerge as champion in each class, this final local ascent, namely the Section IX tournament, is the steepest and most arduous to date.