CANTON - Madrid-Waddington claimed the first annual Rachel M. and Leon E. Bagley Classic at SUNY Canton on Saturday afternoon in a thrilling 56-55 overtime decision over Edwards-Knox in NAC interdivisional boys basketball action.
This is just a big win for us. Our kids have been really working hard the last few games and weve lost some big leads. But hopefully this will give our team some confidence for the stretch run. Our team rebounding was definitely the key today. We had some big rebounds and big stops when we needed them the most, said M-W Coach Aaron Jones.
The Classic benefits the scholarship fund established in 2000 in honor of Rachels mother Ruth McFerran and Leons sister in-law, Helen Bagley. Both were longtime teachers at Edwards-Knox and Madrid-Waddington Central School. The scholarship assists a graduate of M-W and E-K each year in attending SUNY Canton. Zach Flanagan, Brandi Jeanette, Olivia Loop and Elizbeth Rathbun are the current scholarship recipents.
In the second meeting between the Cougars and the defending Section 10 Class D champion Yellowjackets this season, the Jackets took a 14-7 first quarter lead led by six points from Greg Thompson and Richard Wright.
Balanced scoring in the second quarter by the Jackets helped them to a 27-14 lead.
Kaden Dandrow delivered seven third quarter points for E-K as M-W held a 40-28 lead after three quarters. But the Cougars, who fell to Heuvelton on Friday night in a grueling duel, rallied as Tyler Tressider and Chris Davison fired in early fourth quarter threes, helping the Cougars cut the deficit to 40-37.
Chris Davison pulled E-K within one at 44-43 with 3:12 to play in the fourth. Maurice Rease hit a free throw for M-W to make it 45-43. After trading free throws and baskets, Rease delivered a big hoop for M-W with 17 seconds left for a 49-46 lead. Kaden Dandrow buried a three from the top left corner with 10.1 seconds left to force overtime at 49-49.
Jesse Bullock opened the overtime scoring for E-K but a free throw by Terry Crump and two from Richard Wright gave M-W the 52-51 lead with 2:28 left. Davison and Bullock scored for a 55-52 E-K advantage with 2:10 to play.
Wright produced a steal and layup with 1:04 to cut the deficit to 55-54 and Wright made a layup with 32 seconds left for the 56-55 win.
Wright finished with 23 points, three assists and two rebounds for M-W. Rease added 10 points, five rebounds and three steals. Greg Thompson scored eight points and posted three rebounds while Crump chipped in five points, six boards and three assists. Dillon Putney added four points, seven boards, and four assists.
Dandrow paced E-K with 25 points. Chris Davison and Tresidder each logged nine while Bullock added four. Nick Wolfe finished with four points.
We just have to put our last two games behind us and work harder, said E-K coach Bill Davison.
We got ourselves in a hole early and we cant do that. Weve got to make better decisions. But Madrid-Waddington is a good team.
Classic Notes: Leon Bagley was raised in Madrid. After a tour of duty in World War II, he enrolled at Canton ATI (SUNY Canton) under the GI bill. After graduating in 1948, he began a 35 year career with General Electric. Rachel (McFerran) Bagley grew up in Edwards and went to work for General Electric in Schenectady, N.Y. They were married in 1955. While raising a family of five children, they lived in Philadelphia, Penn., Picayune, Miss., and Phoenixville, Penn.
After retirement, they spent their summers in Canton. In 2000, they established the Rachel M. and Leon E. Bagley Endowed Scholarship with the Canton College Foundation at SUNY Canton.
T.J. Bagley, Tucker Bagley, and Luke Bagley were on hand to present the rotating trophy to the Jackets after the game.