Senior Scott Schuyler put on a show Wednesday night for the Cincinnatus boys basketball team, scoring 29 points with five made threes as the Lions topped rival McGraw, 59-38. Schuyler also had four rebounds, four assists and four steals.
This was Cincinnatus’ first win over McGraw in the teams’ last 10 meetings, with the last Lions victory coming on Dec. 29, 2015.
Cincinnatus never trailed in the game thanks to Schuyler’s lights-out shooting early. He made four of his five threes in the first quarter, with three of those coming in succession to end the period that gave Cincinnatus a 17-9 lead after eight minutes.
The senior finished the first half with just the 12 points, but he began attacking the rim in the second half and helped the Lions break the game open. Schuyler scored 11 points in the fourth quarter, including six made free throws and his final triple. While he was having a dominant offensive game, Schuyler was just having fun being back on the court.
“It was just fun to play again with the whole team,” Schuyler said. “We haven’t played competitively in a long time, so it was good to just play with the whole team and have fun out there.”
McGraw did make a few comeback attempts in the second half to make things closer. The Eagles went on an 8-2 run in the third quarter and made the score 32-24. However, Cincinnatus finished the quarter on its own 8-0 run, which was started by Schuyler.
“In the third quarter when we started off sluggish Scott took it upon himself to take it to the basket coast-to-coast against the press when they started to make a little run,” Cincinnatus head coach Jim Halstrom said. “That’s the kind of guys you need, the ones that want to put it away.”
The Lions weren’t just a one-man team on the night though. Canden Stafford added 10 points, Tyler Liddle had nine points and five boards and Cason Stafford chipped in five points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Kooper Vosburg, Tucker Latta and Dom Scutt all notched two points apiece, with Vosburg also adding five rebounds.
This big win in a rivalry game will help the Lions moving forward.
“It feels great because we haven’t been a good basketball team in a pretty long time,” Schuyler said. “It feels good to really put the stomping on McGraw and start moving forward.”
“One word: confidence,” Halstrom said. “We knew McGraw was going to be tough. They’re big, they’re strong, they’re fast. We’ve got some other good teams in the league, but it’s good to come on the road and get a win right off the get-go.”
Quintin Burdick led McGraw with 18 points. Caleb Epp and Nick Sutton both chipped in five for the Eagles, while Antonio Underwood (4), Cameron Nitti (4) and Jaydon Bassett (2) also scored.
Cincinnatus’ next game is at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at Otselic Valley. McGraw will look to get back in the win column at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at Stockbridge Valley.
TULLY 62, CATO-MERIDIAN 38
Lane Edinger stuffed the stat sheet with 16 points, seven assists and five steals in Tully’s win. Ryan Mize added in 10 points and six rebounds, with four of his boards coming on the offensive end. Tommy Maley made three threes en route to 13 points and Dan Mech added in 11 points. Connor Bestedo (6), Mick Swan (4) and Michael Reid (2) also scored for the Black Knights. Bestedo added in five steals, Swan chipped in four rebounds, four assists and three steals and Matt Congelli ripped down four boards.
Tully won every quarter of the game by at least five points.
DERUYTER 3, STOCKBRIDGE VALLEY 1
DeRuyter rallied after dropping the first set to take down Stockbridge Valley. The Rockets won the last three sets 25-21, 25-20 and 25-19, respectively, after losing the first 25-19.
Olivia Lidell paced DeRuyter with 19 digs, 11 assists and two aces. Amaya Rounsaville added nine digs and five kills, while Keely Worlock added four digs, four kills and two aces. Neveah Woods pitched in four kills and two blocks. Emily Elwood had four digs and Elwood, Abriana Whitt and Emma Denkenberger all contributed three aces apiece.