December 1, 2021

Rockets seek payback against Lyme

File photo/Katie Vartanian/contributing photographer

DeRuyter’s Trey Foster (15) looks to score in a February game earlier this season against McGraw. Foster and the Rockets will play for the Section 3 Class D championship Saturday at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena against Lyme at noon.

The DeRuyter boys’ varsity basketball team reached this point in the Section 3 Class D Tournament one season ago. The Rockets reached the championship game only to fall 54-50 to Lyme in the Carrier Dome.

These same two teams square off again Saturday inside Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena at noon to decide the 2019-2020 sectional champion.

DeRuyter (23-0 overall) is the top seed in the tournament, averaging a Section 3 best 79.7 points per game, tops in Class D, and the number two team in the state poll. Lyme (21-1) is the second seed, second in Section 3 Class D scoring at 71.6 points per game and ranked third in the state Class D poll.

“We have been shooting the ball decently the last few weeks and have been over 80 points in the last six games with the exception of our first sectional game against Belleville-Henderson (79),” DeRuyter coach Ric Barnes said.

“The guys have worked hard all year to get to this point starting in June. We thought we scheduled ourselves tough opponents and were victorious against six Class C schools who all made sectionals. We feel top to bottom that our league is one of, if not the top, Class D league in the state. We played one of the top Class D teams in the section twice (McGraw). We feel we have been tested on a weekly if not nightly basis. “

DeRuyter has five players averaging in double figures. Junior Benjamin Barnes leads the Rockets with a 15.9 points per game average, along with 132 rebounds, 90 assists and 67 steals. Next is junior Tristan Worlock who averages 15 ppg with 180 rebounds, 32 assists, 27 steals and 15 blocked shots. Junior Trey Foster is averaging 11 ppg with 121 rebounds, 17 steals, 14 assists and 15 blocked shots. Sophomore Gavin Richardson is scoring 10.4 ppg with 158 rebounds, 89 assists, 51 steals and 35 blocked shots while senior Frank Glisson averages 10.1 ppg with 125 assists, 97 steals and 76 rebounds. Junior Riley Glisson is averaging 9.3 points per game.

“We are a quick team that is very guard oriented,” Lyme coach Leo Wilson said. “We are a good rebounding team, but we really rely on our shooting and our quickness. We need to play under control against DeRuyter. They have a good press so we need to show patience and play good team defense. We can’t let them force the pace of play.”

Sophomore guard Kyle Gaumes is the top Indians scorer with a 22.4 average. Senior forward Isaiah Wilson is close behind averaging 21.6 ppg as he and Gaumes are in the top eight in Section 3 Class D scoring. Junior guard Tyler Wilson is third in scoring with a 13.6 average. Senior guards Jacob Bombard and Tanner Young are the other two starters. Bombard averages 6.3 points per game and Young 4.5 ppg. Junior guard Graham Rowland and sophomore Derrike Goutremont are the first two off the bench for Lyme.

For DeRuyter, this is a second chance against a formidable opponent.

“The guys are relishing their opportunity to avenge the loss last spring in the sectional finals,” Coach Barnes said. “They understand that this opportunity does not come along very often for any player and certainly not two years in a row with basically the same crew. The boys know that a team that is ranked number three in the state is not going to lay down for anyone and definitely not one that triumphed over a short year ago. They understand that they will have to play a good 32 minutes and continue playing as they have all season until the final buzzer to realize what they have been dreaming of since they were young children.”