Cincinnatus 51, McGraw 42
Scott Schuyler (15 points, 7-of-10 free throws in the fourth quarter) and Cason Stafford (14 points, 12 in the fourth quarter) helped the Lions pull away from the Eagles.
“We did a very nice job starting the game at handling McGraw’s full court press,” Lions coach Jim Stafford said. “Cason and Scott were confident and made good decisions to secure the ball and that allowed us to not turn the ball over and dig a hole early and also we could settle in to our offense.
Zach Lamarre (team-high 12 points, seven in the fourth quarter) and Caleb Smith (eight points) helped the Eagles get close in the fourth quarter, but the Lions still ended up outscoring the Eagles in the final frame, 21-20.
“We did a better job moving offensively, particularly in the second half and that allowed us better opportunities to get good shots and we really attacked the basket well the entire game,” Coach Stafford said. “We knew McGraw would make a run in the fourth quarter, and Caleb Smith did a nice job driving and distributing the ball.”
Whitney Point 48, Dryden 46
Colton Dow led all scorers with 19 points and Xavier Scott posted a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds, but it was not enough for the Lions to stop Whitney Point from squeaking by with the victory.
“We really put ourselves in a hole starting out down 9-0,” Dryden coach Zach LaViere said. “We did well to dig ourselves out bringing it to within two by the end of the first quarter. From there it was a close game throughout, but we were never able to go on a sustained run to take control of the game or the lead. A credit to Whitney Point who did a good job getting offensive rebounds.”
Bryant DePaull added seven points and four rebounds for the Lions, and Ryan Wiser pulled down nine rebounds. Matthew Jordan led Whitney Point with 14 points. He was the only Eagle in double figures.
Dryden’s next game is at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at home against Groton.
Marathon 41, Southern Cayuga 27
The Olympians reversed a sluggish first half and rode Brooke Tillotson’s hot hand and a suffocating 2-3 zone in the fourth quarter to stay unbeaten at 6-0.
After falling behind 13-7 in the first quarter and 20-17 at halftime, Tillotson took over with 16 of her game-high 27 points in the second half. She moved up to third place on Marathon’s career scoring list with 1,194 career points, passing Hilary Matson’s 1,173. She scored all nine Marathon points in the fourth quarter.
“Southern Cayuga was playing with energy and we were not,” Olympians coach Andrew Pierce said. “I called on the girls to get more physical and pick up the energy in the third quarter. You cannot continue to let teams get two, three and four shots each possession and expect to win.”
Marathon responded by outscoring the Chiefs 15-5 in the third quarter and led 32-25 going into the final eight minutes.
On the defensive side, Brooklin Drake energized the Olympians’ 2-3 zone, which held the Chiefs to just two points in the final frame.
“Brooklin stepped it up on defense for us and the other girls followed suit, including first year player Kate Anderson, who gave us quality minutes coming off the bench” Pierce said. “It was great to see “
The Olympians visit Homer at 6 p.m. Thursday.