The Chenango Sports Review 2015-2016 Boys’ Basketball All-Stars

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Of the six boys’ basketball teams that we regularly covered this past season, every ballclub had an all-star caliber player. In some cases, the players on our forthcoming Chenango Sports Review all-stars, said players were considered the best players in their respective leagues.
One of our top players, Carlos Ithier of Norwich, was recognized as the BCANY Class B player of the year. Additionally, Oxford senior forward Kevin Davis was chosen as the Midstate Athletic Conference player – an award that is voted upon by the coaches in the league.
Every other player was either all-conference or first- or second-team all-stars in their respective leagues.
As always, players named to this list were recommendations from the six Chenango County-area coaches.

Matt Hull, jr. Sherburne-Earlville
The second year point guard earned all Center State Conference honors, he led the Marauders in scoring at 13.8 points per game, and he was also the team leader in steals and assists.
On the flip side of the coin, Hull’s quickness benefited the Marauders’ man-to-man defense, as he was the team’s lock-down defender.
“He’s a really heady player, and he took control of a lot of good things for us,” said S-E coach Kevin Vibbard.

Gavin Giroux, sr., Sherburne-Earlville
Giroux came into his senior season recovering from a football injury, but it didn’t take him long to find his midseason form and expand on his junior year.
Giroux was the Marauders’ second leading scorer at 13.5 points, and second leading rebounder at nearly seven boards per game. He, like Hull, was also an all-CSC selection.
“He definitely took a leadership role on and off the court,” Vibbard said. “He was definitely a post player, and he developed a good rapport with Sam (Tuttle).”

Trevor Halaquist, so., Bainbridge-Guilford
Halaquist showed glimpses of his potential last season, and he moved into a prime-time role with the Bobcats this season.
“He had some growing pains last year, and sometimes (the responsibilities) are a lot to ask for a freshman,” said B-G coach Greg Warren. “He’s a good outside shooter, and his best games came when he mixed that with driving to the basket.”
Halaquist averaged nearly 15 points a game, and Warren said that Halaquist is fully capable of 18 to 20 points a game next season.

Jordan Harrington, sr. Greene
An explosive scorer, Harrington had several 20-plus-point games this season, was among the Midstate Athletic Conference leaders in three-point shooting and scoring, and was named to the MAC all-star team as well as the BCANY all-Section IV team.
“He really helped take us to the next level with all of his hard work,” said Greene coach Chris Rice.
Harrington made over 40 three-pointers this season and averaged 15 points a game as the Trojans captured their first MAC title, and advanced to the sectional semifinals.
“He loves the game, and he really put the team on his back when we need him,” Rice said.

Luke Day, sr., Greene
While Harrington was option 1A, Day was not that far behind as option 1B.
Blessed with tremendous speed, quickness, and athleticism, Day finished second on the team in scoring, and augmented his ability to finish in transition with a keen outside shot.
“If he got a step on a defender, he was gone,” Rice said. “He had excellent aerial ability finishing around the basket.”
Day battled some injuries in the latter part of the season, but still finished with 13 points per game, second on the Trojans.

Kevin Davis, sr., Oxford
As we already mentioned, Davis wrapped up a stellar five-year career with the Blackhawks as the MAC Player of the Year.
Davis literally did everything thing that was needed to ensure a team’s success. He topped his club in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals, and blocked shots – the second straight year he has led in those categories.
He’s spent countless hours in the gym working on his game and his hard work has paid off,” said Oxford coach Tim Davis.
Kevin Davis scored 352 points averaging better than 16 points a game, and his  958 career points places him among the elite scorers in Oxford history.

Carlos Ithier, sr., Norwich
Ithier surged from complementary player his first two full seasons on varsity to the preeminent Class B player in Section IV. Ithier led the Purple Tornado in scoring this season, no small feat considering the team’s immense balance and diversity, and he was justly named BCANY Class B Player of the Year along with an all-Conference nod in the Southern Tier Athletic Conference.
Said Ithier’s coach, Brian Collier: “He’s a dynamic combo guard that is electric in the open court. He combines great athleticism to go with his great skill. He can shoot it, drive it to score or set up his teammates, and guard the opposing team”s best player.”
In other words, there is little Ithier can’t do on the basketball floor.

Jamison Luke, sr., Norwich
Much like Ithier, Luke took a huge step forward his senior season – also his third on the Tornado varsity. A tremendous offensive player in the post, Luke utilized numerous moves to score the basketball – many times against players much larger.
He averaged over 11 points a game and led all NHS starters shooting nearly 56 percent from the field.
“He controlled the paint for our team,” Collier said. “He offset his inside moves with a smooth jump shot, and he was a very effective rebounder both offensively and defensively.”
Luke was a BCANY all-Section IV player, and joined Ithier as a STAC all-Conference player.

Jordan Vinal, sr., Norwich
Every team needs that one player — the glue guy in sports vernacular — that pulls everyone together.
Vinal was that player for the Section IV Class B champions. A consistent double figures scorer, he averaged less than eight shot attempts a game, instead piling up his points in end-of-game situations as a deadly accurate foul shooter hitting around 85 percent for the season.
As the point guard/forward, he not only led NHS in assists, but in defensive rebounds showing his willingness to mix it up inside.
“He could play anywhere on the floor for us, and he was a stat stuffer and our most efficient player,” Collier said. “He was a cerebral, unselfish player with a great understanding and feel for the game.”

Brett Hanslmaier, sr., Unadilla Valley
A third-year starter for Unadilla Valley, Hanslmaier was the unquestioned leader of the Storm on and off the court.
Hanslmaier was always good around the basket, but he showed extended range on his jump shot this season adding to his offensive repertoire.
Hanslmaier averaged a team-high 13 points and nine rebounds a game shooting a high percentage from the field.  “He did a little bit of everything this season,” said UV coach Matt Osborne. “He kept everyone motivated and focused each game and in practice.

Ryan Postma, sr., Unadilla Valley
The second-year point guard for the Storm picked up where he left off last year building on his solid varsity foundation.
Postma was often a streaky offensive player pouring in points in buckets in short periods of time when his team needed those points the most. He scored 12 points a game – second on the team – and added big numbers in nearly every other category dishing out five assists a game, to go with four steals and four rebounds a tilt.
“He is quick and smart, and he pretty much ran the show for us,” Osborne said.  “He’s a pretty heady player who made a lot of good decisions.”
Honorable mention:  Sean Jones, Bainbridge-Guilford; Luke Erickson, Greene; Joe Miranda, Greene; Tre Bonham, Norwich; Chris Jeffrey, Norwich; Dashawn King, Norwich; Trenton Lyons, Oxford; Sam Tuttle, Sherburne-Earlville; Ian Fleming, Sherburne-Earlville; Ethan Grey, Unadilla Valley; Andrew Jackson, Unadilla Valley.

Honorable mention:  Sean Jones, Bainbridge-Guilford; Luke Erickson, Greene; Joe Miranda, Greene; Tre Bonham, Norwich; Chris Jeffrey, Norwich; Dashawn King, Norwich; Trenton Lyons, Oxford; Sam Tuttle, Sherburne-Earlville; Ian Fleming, Sherburne-Earlville; Ethan Grey, Unadilla Valley; Andrew Jackson, Unadilla Valley.

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