October 18, 2021

Groton’s Manning scores 1,000th point

Groton’s Kalib Manning and James Lucey had reason to celebrate despite their team’s loss to Ithaca.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Ithaca 75, Groton 69

Kalib Manning reached 1,000 career points with his 23-point effort, but the Indians dropped their second game in as many days to Ithaca.

James Lucey scored 13 points to celebrate his commitment to Hartwick College.

Manning is 12th in New York with 21.1 points per game, while Lucey is 10th in New York with 10.6 rebounds per game.

Ben DeMatteo added 13 points for the Indians.

Ithaca’s Ja’Lyn Griffin was once again the leading scorer with 28 points.

The Indians are in action once again today at 4 p.m. at Homer.

McGraw 53, Cincinnatus 33

Caleb Smith scored 10 of his game-high 19 points in the third quarter to turn a mere four-point Eagles lead at halftime into a comfortable 20-point victory over the Lions.

Scott Schuyler led the Lions with 11 points, while Cason Stafford had seven points points, six rebounds and three steals.

“Our guys were obviously disappointed in the outcome because we did not shoot the ball well at all, and last night we couldn’t miss,” Lions coach

Jim Halstrom said. “Just the nature of the game, and not unusual for a relatively young team. We shall learn from this.”

The Lions (3-4) visit Madison for their season finale Saturday.

Union Springs 51, Marathon 42

The Olympians shot just 4-of-21 from long distance and couldn’t stop Union Springs’s Jose Reyes (26 points) as they suffered their fifth loss in a row and second straight loss to the Wolves. Another tough loss for Marathon. This makes the 5th loss in a row for the Olympians.

Conor Holland (15 points) and Nate Walker (13 points) led the Olympians in scoring.

“I really think we shoot too many threes in some games, especially when teams are man to man,” Olympians coach Jim Holland said. “Reyes got the better of us tonight, he played well. We got beat plain and simple.”

Marathon’s next game is at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at home against DeRuyter.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Marcellus 73, Homer 46

Homer’s schedule of tough opponents continued with a loss against Marcellus, despite 16 points, four rebounds and four assists from Gracie Patriarco and 11 points and five assists from Katlyn Sovocool.

“Marcellus is just on a different level,” Trojans coach C.J. Kudla said. “Give them a ton of credit. Unfortunately, there will be no sectional championship this year, and it would have been awesome to see them play in it. They are so well coached, play defense really well and rebound incredibly. For a young team like us, we graduate one senior this year, it a blessing to get to play a team with a caliber like this. Each experience is a learning experience for next year and seasons to come. I’m proud of the effort of our girls, Marcellus is just a top tier team who has been doing it longer than us. Great job to them.”