JV pulls out one-point victory in prelude to Varsity heart-stopper

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By Ken Hubeny

MILFORD — Delaware Valley's Junior Varsity basketball team played Warwick Valley on Dec. 13, in a prelude to the over-the-top excitement of the Varsity game.

The first quarter was very tight for both teams, ending with DV up 6 to 5.

The second quarter was very different — DV was killing it with lay ups. Warwick could not find its lay-ups, and its outside shooting would not go in. They managed just one lay-up and one foul shot.

DV was in charge and up 14 to 8.

The second half started tight too, but Warwick was moving the ball much better. They seemed to receive good instruction at half-time and they carried it out well. Their shots were falling. They choked up the area under the basket and were getting rebounds.

DV was still getting its fair share of rebounds, but the lay-ups were taken away by Warwick. Their players clogged up the middle, and their shooting ran cold. Warwick put up an absolute last-second 3-pointer to surge ahead 23-17 at the close of the third period.

In the final quarter Warwick went up by 6 points, at 35-29, and with only about 4 minutes to play. DV roared back and took the lead 36-35. They missed 2 foul shots that could have sealed the game but put it away with solid defencse. The final score was 36-35. DV pulled out the victory.

Based on the first half, it looked like this was DV's game, and that they should win it going away. But give Warwick credit. They were given excellent half-time instruction and told exactly what they needed to do to shut DV down and win the game. The players carried these instructions to a T.

But DV teams never quit. They battled it out for a one-point victory.

See related story:

"DV wins with gut-wrenching tenacity and last-second heroics"

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