CV-Seton showdown.

*Wednesday, 7:30p.m. @ Johnson City HS*

All photographs taken by Tim Rogers.

Chenango Valley Warriors (15-5)
Seton Catholic Central Saints (15-5)
Wednesday, February 27th, 7:30p.m.
Johnson City High School

*Section 4 Semi-Final*

This is it. The Chenango Valley Warriors vs. the Seton Catholic Central Saints for a place in the Section 4 Class B finals. Who will win? Here you go:
Seton has had some impressive wins, including two come-from-behind wins
over Windsor, one to tie for first place in STAC, and one to gain first place. The Saints also lost in a great game to Binghamton in the STAC semi-final by one point, and had a nine game winning streak going into the STAC playoffs. CV is on a six game winning streak heading into Tuesday night’s game, and are 13-1 since Christmas break – a key time in the season. They won the STOP-DWI Holiday Classic with big wins over Oneonta and U-E.
Both teams have some challenges going into Wednesday’s game as well. The Saints have proved that they can be losers after losing five straight games in the middle of the season to Windsor, Oneonta (twice), U-E and Owego. The Saints also won’t be playing on their home court where they are 8-3 this season. Chenango Valley will face a battle as well, after losing to Seton both times during the regular season (62-52 at CV, and 78-56 at Seton). The Warriors also have to deal with injuries to their two best scorers, sophomore Tommy Hull and senior Matt Mullins. Hull has an ankle injury that benched him in CV’s last game against Watkins Glen. Averaging 13.2 PPG, CV badly wants to see him play. Matt Mullins left that same game after absorbing a blow to the face that opened a gash under his right eye. He doesn’t anticipate the cut will affect his ability to play Wednesday.

These two teams have a lot to look forward to Tuesday night. They are both tight on defense; CV on average allows 57.6 PPG, and Seton 48.4 PPG while usually scoring 70.3 PPG and 60.9 PPG
respectively. On average they both outscore opponents by about 12 points. – TIE
It could also be a battle of the Matt’s.
Matt Meier, Seton’s big shooter, has averaged 19 PPG against Valley in their regular season match-ups, while CV’s ‘resident baller’ Matt Mullins averaged 18 points against the Saints. Mullins is averaging 18.4 PPG this season (the best in STAC East), while Meier usually has 12.5 PPG, and leading scorer for SCC Chris Furner averages 12.7 PPG.

Did I mention that the Seton students, and their “Fan Club” have been known as the rowdiest, most obnoxious in STAC for some time?
My prediction:
It will be a close, tough game that will go into overtime. The winner? It will be decided by one game-winning shot- a three-pointer coming off the hands of either Meier or Mullins in the final seconds in front of the sold-out crowd. The last time CV played at Johnson City, they won 66-60 and Matt Mullins had 21 points and Tommy Hull 17. It’s anyone’s game really, but remember – Mullins hit six three’s in his last game, Matt Meier had one. Who’s got the shot? Come on Mully.
Chenango Valley
: 63-62 OT



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