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Mohawk Valley Generals win Olympic gold
HERKIMER, N.Y. - The Mohawk Valley Generals combined a freewheeling offense with a lock down defense to cruise to a Division II title in the New York State Special Olympic Basketball Tournament played at the Utica Parkway Recreation Center on Saturday, June 5.
The Generals displayed all-out hustle and unselfish play in defeating the Fighting Tigers of the Hudson Valley Region and the Ulster Express to capture the gold. Rookie sensation, Joe Johnson, wowed local spectators with an assortment of electrifying moves, spinning and weaving through the opposition, while ball-hawking swing man Mike Hamon swooped to the hoop for lay-ups.
Meanwhile, veteran star Bernie Wren scored inside, and along with torch runner Art Lindsey and Anthony Clarke, controlled the paint. Playing alongside of the mercurial Johnson, Randy Stannard and point guard Chuck Carey provided back court leadership. The Generals never missed a beat when Clark entered the game with Jason Jones, Justin Hight, and Kevin Griffiths as the second unit extended the lead in both contests. Starting forward Kevin Kingdon sat out the tournament with an injury, but proudly wore his gold medal after cheering his teammates on to victory.
The Generals finished the season with a 5 – 1 record, winning a silver medal in Rochester and gold in Clifton Park. The team is coached by HARC Assistant Program Director of Medicaid Service Coordination Aaron Postiglione and HARC Quality Assurance Specialist Craig Cureau.