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Friday, Dec. 5, 2014: Game stopped after player's brother stricken

   Leading off today: Thursday's boys basketball game between Minisink Valley and host Kingston was stopped in the fourth quarter when the brother of Kingston guard Tyler Robinson was stricken in the stands.

   Paramedics and firefighters responded to Kate Walton Fieldhouse midway through the fourth quarter when Sean Robinson, 22, collapsed, The Times Herald-Record reported. Robinson was taken to HealthAlliance Hospital in Kingston, then transferred to Westchester Medical Center. Kingston coach Ron Kelder said Friday that Robinson might have suffered a heart attack.

   "That what it's believed to be, but right now it's a waiting game," Kelder said. "There might be something with a family medical history."

   Minisink Valley led 48-37 when the game was suspended.

   What a start: Does Mount Vernon have its next great basketball player? It's too soon to be sure, but the early data is pretty convincing.

   Josh Thomson of The Journal News says sophomore Marco Morency drew raves Thursday during an 89-60 win over Clarkstown South -- so much so that the 6-foot-2 guard -- sidelined the past two seasons by academic struggles -- received his first scholarship offer (from Iona College) immediately after the game.

   Wrote Thomson: "I wrote after the first quarter that Morency will be a candidate for (Section 1's) 'Mr. Basketball.' In fact, if he's as good as he was yesterday -- the coaches insist he's better -- he will soon be the favorite, as crazy as that sounds."

   Morency scored 23 points on 11-for-19 shooting to go with seven rebounds, four assists, four steals and four blocks.

   "He's real," Mount Vernon coach Bob Cimmino said. "He's a special player."

   And a not-so-good start: Western New York basketball blogger Chad Andrews probably watches as much high school basketball in any two-week period as most fans see in a season. So when he tweets that he's just witnessed a first for him personally, you certainly take notice.


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  •    That's what happened Wednesday when the Amherst vs. Kenmore West game at the Pastor-Cooper Showcase was called with 2:18 to play due to a commotion in the stands.

       "Well, basically, that's really all it was - a bunch of commotion," he wrote in his popular log. "Or as someone put it shortly after the game, 'bc it was too hype'. It started with fans chirping back & forth, no big deal. Then, apparently a water bottle was thrown, which escalated the chirping to barking, causing commotion. Once things settled down in the stands, the players seemed a little extra chippy on the court and game officials had seen enough, game over. Too hype!"

       Let's hope that's an anomaly, because no basketball game being played in the first week of December needs to be "too hype."

       Status report: The first of our all-state teams from the fall season -- girls soccer and girls cross country -- will be unveiled Monday barring some unforeseen circumstance.

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