December 2, 2021

DeRuyter wins 1st-place showdowns

Boys’ basketball team knocks off McGraw; volleyball team sweeps Stockbridge Valley

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It was good to be a DeRuyter Rocket Thursday night in Central Counties League action.

The DeRuyter boys’ varsity basketball team won a first place showdown with McGraw 66-55 while the Rockets’ volleyball team swept Stockbridge Valley in their first place showdown.

In another boys’ basketball game, Brookfield downed Cincinnatus 69-33.

In another volleyball match., McGraw swept Cincinnatus.



DeRuyter 66, McGraw 55: “This has historically been a tough place for us to play,” DeRuyter coach Ric Barnes said of winning at McGraw. “Both teams fought hard and we had the ball bounce our way a few more times than they did.”

DeRuyter (3-0 league, 6-0 overall) took a 12-8 lead in the first quarter and maintained that edge 26-22 at half-time. The Rockets slightly increased its advantage during the second half to lead 46-40 through three quarters and complete their win with a 20-15 edge in fourth quarter scoring over McGraw (4-1, 4-2 overall).

Tristan Worlock has a huge night for DeRuyter with 37 points and 12 rebounds for the double-double. Gavin Richardson only scored five points, but pulled down 10 rebounds. Riley Glisson pitched in with seven points while Benjamin Barnes netted eight points to go with five rebounds, five steals and three assists.

“We struggled with our regular offense a lot tonight,” Coach Barnes said. “Thankfully Tristan picked us up in a huge way. He had to be thinking the rim looked like a giant swimming pool. He also rebounded extremely strong. I guess we were lucky we had the best player on this particular night.”

Caleb Smith posted a double-double for McGraw with 12 points and 17 rebounds, plus three assists, two blocked shots and a steal. Devon Ackley and Evan Ignatowski each scored 11 points in a balanced Eagles’ offense with Xiao Lin having his own double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds.

“We wanted to hold Caleb down since he has been going off so far this season,” Coach Barnes said. “I thought we did a fairly decent job in that department. Caleb is quite a player and a huge catalyst for that offense.”

DeRuyter is off until its own Christmas Tournament Dec. 27-28. The Rockets will face Cincinnatus in the first round Dec. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Lansing will face Hamilton in the 6 p.m. first round game.

McGraw will meet Moravia at 5:15 p.m. Dec. 27 in the first round of the Cortland Christmas Tournament.

Brookfield 69, Cincinnatus 33:
Brookfield (2-3 league, 3-4 overall) bolted to a 24-6 lead in the first quarter and built up its advantage over the remaining three quarters. The Beavers led 41-18 by halftime and 58-27 through three quarters.

“We got off to a slow start and Brookfield came out with a hot hand, shooting 9 for 14 in the first quarter,” Cincinnatus coach Jim Halstrom said. “We did a little better job defensively in the second quarter and I was okay with our half court defense, but Brookfield got the ball out and beat us up the floor for too many easy baskets. Our whole continuity was just off, we didn’t run our offense consistently and that led to some poor decisions. This team is very young and that has a lot to do with that, however, we’re a very athletic group that works hard in practice, so I know
we’re headed in the right direction.” Jodie Abrams scored a game high 27 points for Brookfield. Derrick Adams added 18 points to the Beavers’ offense.

Trent Streichert came off the bench to lead the Red Lions (1-3, 1-6 overall) in scoring with 13 points to go with five steals, four rebounds and three blocked shots. Kooper Vosburg chipped in with nine points, a team high 10 rebounds and two blocked shots. Scott Schuyler added five points, three steals, two assists and two blocks while Jarrett Roberts was solid with three rebounds and three steals.



DeRuyter 3, Stockbridge Valley 0:
DeRuyter (4-0 league, 4-1 overall) took the first set 25-12, but needed to work a little harder against Stockbridge Valley (2-1, 2-2 overall) in the next two sets. The Rockets won the final two sets 25-23, 25-19 to move into sole possession of first place.

Jaidan Degear had 20 digs, eight kills, four aces and two assists to lead the Rockets. Kali Lidell added 22 assists, two aces and two digs. Alynna Kanaby had 18 digs and two kills while Graycee Forrest added 13 digs and two kills. Kayla Buchovecky provided seven kills with Keely Worlock providing four kills, three digs and two blocks.
Abby Tucker posted 11 assists, four kills and three digs for Stockbridge Valley. Ashley Wilson added eight assists and two digs while Abby Reed had six kills, four digs and two blocks.

DeRuyter is off until after Christmas.

McGraw 3, Cincinnatus 0:
McGraw (1-2 league and overall) was tested in the first and third sets, but won each by the score of 25-16. The second set was an easier 25-5 win for the Eagles.

“We played really well during the first set and just couldn’t come out on top,” Cincinnatus coach Mallory Cobb said. “This set the tone for the whole match where we lost the next two sets to complete the game. When we could put a nice pass up on the net, we were able to capitalize on it and get a kill. We struggled to get our passes where they needed to be and McGraw took advantage of that. We have a few adjustments to make for after Christmas break that will hopefully allow us to come out on top.”

Deslinn Rutan and Kierstee Turshman each had five digs and one kill for Cincinnatus (0-4 league and overall). Aubree Nate added two kills and two digs. Hannah Merchant had two kills as well.

Cincinnatus and McGraw are both off until the new year.