Three games played at DV in Rotary International Tournament

DV girls Varsity, Junior Varsity boys, and Varsity boys play at DV on Dec. 28

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By Ken Hubeny

— The final games of the Rotary International Tournament at Delaware Valley High School were held on Dec. 28. I was fortunate enough to observe three games.

First up was the Delaware Valley girls Varsity team against Valley Central. This was a very rough night for the DV girls, who were totally out matched in every category. To make matters worse nothing seemed to fall right for them.

They fell behind as far as 30 points several times. They never lost heart though and they kept playing tough — but Valley Central had too many weapons and were just too talented.

The bright spot for the DV girls was Mackenzie Olsommer, who is only a freshman. She has quite a complete game and will be a force in the coming years. But despite of her fine play, she could not prevent Valley Central from taking a decided victory by the final score of 61-34.

Closing the gapThe second game was the Junior Varsity boys game between DV and Valley Central.

During warm-ups, Valley looked a bit bigger, faster and stronger then DV I have seen this before with DV overcoming this with tenacity and toughness so I was ready for a battle.

Well Valley jumped out to a 10-point lead, and it was looking bleak for DV. But DV managed to close within 3 at the end of the first period.

This was pretty much the way the evening went — Valley taking a nice lead only to have DV close the gap and even tie it up at 24 all at halftime.

In the second half, nothing seemed to work for DV. Shots just would not go in for them while everything seemed to fall in for Valley, which maintained control throughout the second half. DV made a late game rush and made the score look respectable with a final of 42-39 Valley winning it, but it really was not that close.

Both teams played hard, but it was just too much Valley for DV to overcome.

DV establishes dominanceFinally, the game that I was really looking forward to: the boys Varsity game between Delaware Valley and Valley Central.

I was expecting a really tight battle here, with the game going down to the final seconds, as both teams beat East Stroudsburg North by comparable scores.

This would not be the case. DV established dominance right from the jump. Although both teams played well with crisp passing, good shooting, and fine defense, DV had a first period lead of 14-9.

The second period saw Blake Gearhart clicking with a number of 3s with other teammates chipping in as well. At one point Jackson Shafer blocked a shot that lead to a DV possession and score. DV took a 29-18 lead at the end of the first half.

The game progressed pretty much the same throughout the second half. DV closed out the third period at 38-24. The fourth period saw Valley Central beginning to see this game slip away and playing with some desperation, but they could not close the gap. With DV up by a score of 50-36 and two minutes to play, both benches cleared. The final score is DV 50, Valley Central 39.

The difference in this game was that Jaeden Tice was able to completely dominate the smaller East Stroudsburg North team, pulling down rebounds, blocking shots, and scoring underneath at will. Although he had a good game against DV, Jaeden could not dictate the outcome of the game like he did against ESN.

DV could answer with comparable height. The tall DV boys are good leapers, so they got in their share of rebounds and blocked shots.

Valley Central has a nice and well-rounded team but the match-up just went in DV's favor that nnight. Jayson Amodio for Valley Central is a pure shooter all the way around. He hits outside, inside and underneath, almost at will.

Nice games for DV were Aiden Oliver, Tom Raniero, Jackson Shafer, and of course Blake Gearhart, who is always the class act of the court. Come out and enjoy watching him, as he will graduate this year.

My apologies for not mentioning some other players who did a very nice job but both teams, and all the players on both teams played very well. They all should be proud of themselves and I am quite sure that the coaches and fans are proud if them.

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