Waverly edges Notre Dame; Sullivan tops Bloom in OT
WAVERLY, N.Y. - Despite being down 18-5 early in the second quarter Waverly rallied for a 43-40 win over Notre Dame in IAC boys' basketball action Saturday.
"We did an outstanding job defensively against them," Waverly coach Lou Judson said. "We're lucky to get the win today."
The loss knocks Notre Dame out of a tie with Watkins Glen in the IAC Large School South division first place standings, giving the Senecas the division title.
"I knew it was a big game for them," Judson remarked. "But it was a big game for us. They are our rivals. Going into this game we'd won 11 of our last 12."
Down big the veteran coach didn't know how his team would respond.
"In games like this against good competition we haven't really played all that well," Judson explained. "First I was surprised. Second, I knew we had it in us. We got it to within four points going into halftime. That was a huge confidence booster, we knew we could play with them."
The Wolverines held Notre Dame to six points in the fourth quarter while they had 24 in the second half to secure the win.
Patric Bronson had a game high 19 point and 11 boards.
"Points were a premium today," Judson said.
Bronson took a lot of his first quarter shots out on the perimeter, something Judson didn't want to see.
"If were going to beat good basketball teams we need him to play close to the basket," he said. "(Bronson) bought into it as the game went on and was finishing around the basket. For him to get 19 points and 11 rebounds is outstanding against anybody but against Notre Dame is even more special."
The forward also finished with four steals.
Chris Raupers added 11 points, Zach Cooney had seven while Cody Marchese and Dylan Perry netted three each.
On the other side Notre Dame's leading scorer Darius Garvin was held to six points, including just one field goal, on the day. Judson gives Cooney all the credit for that.
"He played Darius Garvin one on one from the second quarter on," he said. "It was one of the best individual defensive performances that I have seen since I've been here."
Devon Jackson led Notre Dame with nine points while Derek Marshall netted seven. Jonas McCaig and Devonte Gaskins had six points each. Sean Brown added three, Nate Niles scored two while Wyatt Martin added one.
Waverly won the JV game 63-50. The victory pits them in a winner take all playoff on Monday up at Watkins Glen against the Senecas. The winner will host Dryden for the IAC championship game.
Sullivan County 51, Bloomsburg 49, OT
The Griffins were able to rally past the Panthers in Heartland Conference basketball action Saturday.
Down by two Bloomsburg made free throws to send the game into overtime. In the extra period with 10 seconds left Sullivan's Kelby Mullen was able to drive and draw enough contact to earn a trip to the line. Mullen would hit both to secure the win.
"This is great," Sullivan County coach Glenn Vaughan said. "They are a AA playoff team, they have great size, Zach Morzek is a heck of a player. When he is on the focus of your defensive game plan and still scores 29 you know he is pretty good."
The Panthers used a rebounding disparity in their favor to take a 23-16 first half lead.
"In the second half I thought we did a better job of winning the 50/50 balls and Conner Wylie was phenomenal down the stretch," Vaughan remarked. "Meyer hit a couple of big threes in the fourth quarter."
Sullivan out scored the Panthers 27-20 in the second half to force overtime.
"It's a great win when we were down nine at one point in the third quarter," summed up Vaughan.
Wylie led the Griffins with 20 points and 10 boards while Derek Wilkins added 15 points and 10 boards as well. Meyer chipped in with 12 points on four threes while Mullen rounded outhe scoring with four points.
Sullivan won the JV game 55-41 behind 22 from Bob Polcrack.
The Griffins are at Benton Tuesday for their regular season finale.
Troy 65, Wyalusing 52
After seeing the Wyalusing Rams take a 26-24 lead into the half, the Troy Trojans broke open a tight back and forth game with a 22-13 fourth quarter en route to a 65-52 win over the host Rams.
The Trojans saw three players reach double digit scoring as Brandon Mattocks led the way with 19 points followed by Jed Wright with 17 and Evan Polly with 16. Ryan Reeves chipped in with seven. Thomas Swain, Chad Cole and Jared Murry rounded out the Troy scoring with two points each.
Cole led the Trojans on the boards with 6 rebounds while Reeves pulled down five. Wright led the Trojans with five assists and had a blocked shot.
Wright led the Trojans with six steals while Mattocks added four.
Jeremy Allyn paced the Wyalusing offense with a game-high 19 while Shane Salsman added 12 and Cody Pickett chipped in with seven.
Keshon Gardner netted five, Dylan Bulick added four, Matt Woodruff scored three while Jonah Shotwell rounded out the Ram scoring with two.
Salsman led the Rams with nine rebounds while Allyn pulled down six. Bulick added four assists while Woodruff and Salsman each added three.
Wyalusing, now 6-14 on the season and 3-8 in the NTL East, will be back in action on Wednesday when they travel to NTL East front-runner Towanda before closing the season on Friday with Parent's Night at home against the Williamson Warriors.
The Rams ran away with the JV game 60-17 as Ridge Williams led the Rams with 11 points and Jared Murray led the Trojans with seven.
NRCS 59, Rochester Home Schoolers 52
North Rome was picked up its first over the Rapids since 2003 on Saturday.
NRCS jumped out to a 22-9 first quarter lead. They held that advantage all the way to the fourth quarter where they led 49-36. However, a 19 point fourth quarter by Rochester put a scare into NRCS but they ultimately held on for the win.
Nick Stanton led North Rome with 24 points, including eight in the final quarter, while Ben Haefka added a double-double of 14 points and 10 boards.
Dylan Wilcox netted nine, Nathan Helmuth scored eight while Nate Gray rounded out the scoring with four.
Trevor Avery led the Rapids with 22 points.