November 29, 2021

DeRuyter boys roll into semis; McGraw boys ousted by Lyme

Section 3 Class D Basketball Tournament

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The top-seeded DeRuyter boys’ varsity basketball team remained perfect as the Rockets improved to 22-0 after an 87-58 triumph over visiting eighth-seed Oriskany Tuesday night in Section 3 Class D quarterfinal round action.

The seventh-seeded McGraw boys were not as lucky as the Eagles lost their quarterfinal contest at second-seed Lyme by a 57-46 count.

DeRuyter boys 87, Oriskany 58: DeRuyter took a first-quarter lead, 19-16, and built a 35-25 advantage by halftime. The Rockets put the game out of reach in the third quarter with a 24-11 scoring edge to push the score to 59-36 and again coasted to the finish line.

Benjamin Barnes had a big night with 30 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals for DeRuyter. Gavin Richardson pumped in 18 points with six assists and two blocked shots.Tristan Worlock, Riley Glisson and Trey Foster each netted 10 points for the Rockets. Worlock added six rebounds, Glisson had five steals and Foster pulled down three rebounds.

DeRuyter will head to Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena Saturday for semifinal round action at 12:45 p.m. The Rockets will face the winner of tonight’s 13th seed Brookfield (11-10) at fifth seed Copenhagen (16-5) quarterfinal game.

Lyme 57, McGraw 46: Don’t let the final score fool you in this quarterfinal-round game. McGraw (15-7) led 42-39 with four minutes remaining in the game before the Eagles saw Devon Ackley pick up his fifth foul and was forced to leave the game. Ackley was the second McGraw player to foul out as Caleb Smith picked up his fourth and fifth fouls in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter while McGraw had a six point lead.

“Without our primary ball handlers, we had a few costly turnovers and struggled to get into our offense,” McGraw coach Derek Allen said.

Smith was whistled for three fouls in the first quarter and Ackley picked up two fouls in the quarter as Lyme (20-1) led 11-9 through the first quarter. The Indians took advantage of the McGraw foul trouble and built a 24-15 halftime lead.

Ackley hit a pair of 3-pointers in the third quarter while Xiao Lin, Smith and Evan Ignatowski each netted four points as the Eagles tied the game at 33-33 entering fourth quarter play.

Despite the early surge in the fourth quarter, the McGraw scoring effort stalled with Smith and then Ackley removed from action.

Ignatowski led the McGraw scoring effort with 13 points. Lin added 12 points, six rebounds, four blocked shot and two assists while Ackley netted nine points, four rebounds and three assists.

“Amazing run for these seniors,” Allen said. “We showed a lot of heart as a team to battle back and take the lead in the fourth quarter. Our starters really outplayed their starters when we were able to have main group on the floor. Foul trouble made this difficult.”

Isaiah Wilson powered the Lyme offense with 27 points. nine rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocked shots. Kyle Gaumes added 14 points, six rebounds, three steals and two assists to the Indians’ winning effort.