GLENS FALLS – Oppenheim-Ephratah-St.Johnsville broke open a close game by outscoring Germantown 28-9 in the second half to post a 47-25 victory in the Section II Class D boys basketball championship game at Cool Insuring Arena.
The Clippers kept it close through the first half, trailing 10-5 after one quarter and 19-16 at halftime. But the Wolfpack took control in the second half, opening up a 35-22 advantage by the end of the third quarter, then putting the game away with a 12-3 scoring edge over the final eight minutes of play.
Germantown’s coach, Derrick Conte, was disappointed with the loss, but proud of his players.
“We didn’t play as well as we needed to or wanted to that’s for sure.” Conte said, “Their big guy tore us up pretty well. We didn’t have an answer for them (OESJ) and we couldn’t score. We have to give it to them they played pretty good defense.”
Germantown had just three players reach the scoring column. Andrew Kellenbenz led the team with 10 points, including two three-pointers. Bryan Bathrick followed with nine points and Robbie Eaton contributed six.
Andrew Kellenbenz and Bathrick both made the 2019 NYSPHSAA Section II Class D tournament team.
“They all fought, they all battled and they always fight.” Coach Conte said. “Andrew scored a few buckets today and so that was good, but we didn’t share it enough.”
Oppenheim-Epratah-St.Johnsville was led by Tyler Leon's 20 point-performance. Jack Brundage had nine points and Travis LaFountain eight.
Germantown’s senior, Dan Kellenbenz admitted it was tough to come so far, then lose in the title game.
“It sucks to lose but they are a good team and they will do well at regionals.” Kellenbenz said, “They play good defense and we just couldn’t put the ball in the hoop at times. That just hurt us.”
Germantown has a younger team, with only three seniors who will be graduating: Andrew Kellenbenz, Daniel Kellenbenz and Shane Dunn. Both Kellenbenz brothers will be attending Cazenovia College, where they will play baseball.
GERMANTOWN (25): A. Kellenbenz 3-2-10, R. Eaton 2-2-6, B. Bathrick 3-2-9, D. Kellenbenz 0-0-0, Decker 0-0-0. Totals 8-6-25.
3-pointers: Andrew Kellenbenz 2, Bathrick.
OPPENHEIM-EPHRATAH-ST. JOHNSVILLE (47): J. Brundage 2-4-9, J. Logan-Dillenbeck 2-1-7, Z. Mosher 1-0-3, T. LaFountain 3-2-8, T. Leon 10-0-20. Totals 18-7-47.
3-pointers: Brundage, Logan-Dillenbeck 2.