02-27-2020 Tri-City Area Sports

NEWEST INDUCTEES… Watervliet Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2020 members (from the left) Gordie Cartwright, Eric Anderson, Scott Tatter, Greg Krell and Roberta Salay Stannard are pictured with Watervliet Athletic Director Ken Dietz (far right). The five honorees were inducted during a ceremony at halftime of the Panther varsity boys basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 22.

Hartford Prress Box By Jerrod Birmele

Hartford boys basketball runs win streak to 4 with two weekly victories

Last week, the Hartford Indian boys basketball team played two late-season conference games hoping to keep a recent win streak going. After having lost four straight games to fall three games below .500, the team rallied for two important victories recently to bring their record to 7-8 on the season. With just five games remaining in the regular season, the run to the postseason has begun, and the team seems to be finding its stride at the right time.

TEAM WORK… Hartford’s #4 Aaron Sinclair passes the ball to teammate #24 Kaden Johnson during the team’s game on Friday, Feb. 21 at Decatur. The two players combined for 26 points, helping the Indians to a 56-42 Southwest 10 Conference victory over the Raiders. (TCR Photo by Jerrod Birmele)

In their game on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at Marcellus, the Indians rallied in the fourth quarter to steal a victory, defeating the host Wildcats, 60-52. Coming into the game, Marcellus was on top of the Southwest 10 Conference standings, so this was a statement win for the green and white. Marcellus led the game after the opening eight minutes, taking a 12-7 lead after the first quarter. Using an 18-15 scoring advantage in the second quarter, the Wildcats were able to extend the halftime lead to eight, 30-22.

Hartford began their late rally in the third quarter, using good shot making to outscore Marcellus, 17-14, and pull within five, 44-39, heading into the fourth quarter. The Indians comeback was made complete by great play on both sides of the ball in the fourth quarter, as they managed to make clutch shots and free throws and held the Wildcats to just two makes from the field. The result was Hartford outscoring Marcellus, 21-8, to seal the win.

The Indians had seven players score in the game, including a pair of players who finished in double figures. Aaron Sinclair led all Hartford scorers with 23 points, while Kaden Johnson added 13 points in a winning effort. Other players who scored for the Indians were Elijah Rodarte (9), Elijah Ledesma (7), Tanner Kinchen (4), Dylan Voss (3) and Ricky Baker (1 point).

In their game on Friday, Feb. 21 at Decatur, the Indians were victorious once again, sweeping the season series over the rival Raiders with a 56-42 victory. The game was fast from the get-go, and scoring was high in the first quarter. Decatur managed to outscore Hartford, 19-17, in the opening stanza. The Indians turned the tide in the second quarter, riding both their offense and defense to outscore the Raiders, 18-7, in the frame, and take a 35-26 lead into the halftime break.

Decatur made a game of it in the third quarter, fighting off an early surge by Hartford, to take the stanza, 13-8, and cut the Indian lead to four, 43-39, with eight minutes left. Whatever momentum the home team had evaporated in a dominating fourth quarter by the good guys, as the Indians managed to hold the Raiders to just three points, courtesy of one made shot and one free throw. In the end, Hartford held a 13-3 scoring advantage in the final frame and sealed the victory.

The Indians had seven players score in the game, and, for the second straight contest, a pair of players managed dou