November 30, 2021

Lions, Rockets ride fast starts to victory in basketball action

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The Cincinnatus Lions and DeRuyter Rockets boys basketball teams came out of the gates on fire in their respective games Wednesday night and didn’t look back.


Cincinnatus 65, Otselic Valley 38

The Lions got off to a hot start, leading 20-6 after one quarter, and they hardly cooled down en route to a blowout victory over Otselic Valley.

Four players scored double figures for the Lions — Scott Schuyler (game-high 20 points, including five three-pointers, six assists, five steals four rebounds), Kooper Vosburg (14 points, 14 rebounds), Cason Stafford (14 points, five rebounds, five assists, three steals) and Tyler Liddle (12 points, 10 rebounds, two steals).

“We shot the ball as well as we could expect, which was a product of moving without the ball offensively, and being patient and finding the open man,” Lions coach Jim Halstrom said. “That was a complete game for this young team, we know what we’re capable of doing when we can play with that intensity and focus.”

Lane Adams (15 points) and Garrett Wood (11 points) were the high scorers for Otselic Valley.

The Lions (3-3) host McGraw today.

DeRuyter 77, Madison 61

The Rockets also used a huge first quarter to set the tone for their victory, outscoring Madison 23-4 in the opening frame.

Gavin Richardson led the Rockets with 29 points, including seven three-pointers, seven rebounds and four assists. Ben Barnes added 24 points, six assists and five rebounds, Dylan Skeele had 12 points and six rebounds and Tristan Worlock chipped in eight points and seven rebounds.

Ithaca 67, Groton 64

On Tuesday, Groton fell to Ithaca at home, but not before five players filled up the stat sheet.

Groton’s Kalib Manning and Jackson Slade each had 19 points, and James Lucey had 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

Ithaca was led by Ja’Lyn Griffin (game-high 20 points) and Kanje Henderson (15 points, 16 rebounds).

Groton and Ithaca are back in action against each other tonight at Ithaca High.


McGraw 3, Cincinnatus 1

The Lions got the first set, 25-19, before the Eagles got the next three by scores of 25-19, 25-17 and 25-10.

“We played well as a team but some of McGraw’s servers got the best of us,” Lions coach Cheynne Nowalk said.

The Lions were led by Deslinn Rutan (eight assists), Kiana Guinn (five) aces and Phoebe Smith (nine kills, six digs).