Diego Castellot provided the highlight as the Marathon Central boys’ varsity basketball team faced host Seton Catholic Central in the opening round of the Stop DWI Winter Classic in Binghamton Friday.
The Olympians trailed 21-19 after the first quarter as Castellot surpassed the 1,000-point mark. The Saints would take charge and pull away for 71-42 victory over the Olympians. (1-1 overall).
In girls’ basketball, Whitney Point defeated Dryden 37-22.
Seton Catholic 71, Marathon 42:
Marathon will meet Windsor in the consolation game at 5 p.m. tonight at Seton Catholic. Windsor lost to Greene 64-55 in the other first round game. Seton and Greene tip off at 6:45 p.m. in the championship game.
“Congratulations to Diego,” Marathon coach Jim Holland said. “He becomes Marathon’s fourth player to score 1,000 points in his career.”
“We started out playing great team ball with all five starters scoring to end the first quarter down only a basket. Brett Rumple was unstoppable getting to the hoop and we really struggled with making baskets. Seton played solid man to man defense and took us out of our game.”
Marathon was held to four points in the second quarter and trailed 46-23 by halftime. Rumple scored 10 of his game high 26 points in the quarter. The Olympians did score 15 points in the third quarter, but fell further behind at 66-38.
Marathon was unable to overcome the deficit as the shooting struggles continued. The Olympians only shot 14 for 62 from the field while Seton went 29 for 61.
Castellot led Marathon with 12 points. Andrew Tillotson netted eight points while Conor Holland and Kenyon Depuy tallied seven points each.
Whitney Point 37, Dryden 22:
It was a close first half as Dryden (0-3) led 14-10, but all the momentum switched in the second half. Whitney Point scored 16 points in the third quarter and would lead 26-16 as the quarter ended. The Eagles continued to pull away in the fourth quarter.
“We came out a little at in the second half and Whitney Point came out much stronger,” Dryden coach Laszlo Engel said. “They pressed really well and we forced the ball a bit too much. That gave the momentum to Whitney Point. We never really recovered, but we worked hard trying to do so.”
Lauren Gulini scored eight points for Dryden. Sophia Lynch, Abby Spano and Emma Kidney each netted four points for the Purple Lions.
Emma Morgan scored a game high 12 points for Whitney Point. Casey St. John and Jane Austenfeld pitched in with six points each.