January 20, 2022

Tully blitzes LaFayette

Deep bench, defense lift Black Knights to 3-0

Paul Cifonelli/sports editor

Tully’s Lane Edinger dribbles the ball up the floor while calling out a play Wednesday at Tully High School. Edinger had a big night; 10 points, eight assists, seven steals and five rebounds in Tully’s 75-42 win over LaFayette.

TULLY — Midway through the second quarter, Lane Edinger caught an outlet pass off a rebound and looked up the floor. He saw Ryan Mize sprinting up the court and hit him with a pass in stride. Mize caught the pass, rose up and slammed the ball home to send the student section into a frenzy.

It was one of those night for the Tully boys basketball team, as they used a deep bench and variety of defenses to stifle LaFayette’s offense en route to a 75-42 win Wednesday night at Tully High School.

The assist was one of eight for Edinger on the night, one where he nearly registered a triple-double. The senior had 10 points, seven steals and five rebounds to go with his dimes. Mize added in eight points.

Tully broke things open early with a 21-6 first quarter. The Black Knights threw multiple presses and zones at LaFayette, all in an attempt to slow down Christian DeJoseph.

“The plan was to make them a little uncomfortable and not know what we’re running,” Tully head coach Ryan Dando said. “They have one really, really strong player and we didn’t want to lose sight of where he was. More importantly so he couldn’t get going. We didn’t want him getting in a rhythm.”

Every Black Knight played in each half and all 12 players scored. While that kind of production may not be able to happen every game, Tully’s depth is one of their biggest strengths.

“I think this is the best depth I’ve probably ever had in coaching,” Dando said. “I feel comfortable going to a lot of different guys if other guys are struggling not bringing the proper energy. That’s good because it makes practice really competitive. I have no problem going to 10, 11, 12 in the first half if it works.”

Offensively, Tully was able to swing the ball around the perimiter against LaFayette’s 2-3 zone, drive to the middle and kick out to wide open shooters. The Black Knights were then able to shoot 9-for-36 (25%) on 3-pointers. Also, 23 of Tully’s 33 made field goals were assisted.

“All three games this year we’ve seen a different defense and we anticipated this is how they (LaFayette) were going to play us,” Dando said. “We hadn’t faced anything like that this year. You want to hit the soft spot in the zone and get it inside the foul line to your big man. We couldn’t really get that, so we had to shoot threes. Luckily we shot enough and did OK.”

The Black Knights were also able to dominate the boards, out-rebounding the Lancers 53-31. Tully was able to grab 28 offensive rebounds, as opposed to LaFayette’s 25 defensive boards.

Dan Mech and Mick Swan both hit three triples for Tully, with Mech leading the team in scoring with 17 points and Swan adding 13. Matt Congelli added six points and 10 rebounds and Kevin Wood had two points and eight boards. Tommy Maley (6), Lorenzo Garafolo (5), Connor Bestedo (2), Michael Reid (2), Sam Brown-Paul (2) and Andrew Barber (2) rounded out Tully’s scoring.

The Black Knights’ next game is at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Onondaga Community College against Manlius Pebble Hill.

BOYS BASKETBALL

SKANEATELES 59, CORTLAND 53
Skaneateles’ 15-9 fourth quarter advantage was the difference as Cortland suffered its first loss of the season. The game was knotted up at 44 heading into the fourth.

Marvin Bell led Cortland with 14 points and 16 rebounds. Max Gambitta was the Purple Tigers’ leading scorer, netting 21 points to go with three steals. Emerson Johnson pitched in eight points and seven boards and Tyler Blake notched six points and five blocked shots. Caden Albright’s four points rounded out Cortland’s scoring.

DERUYTER 71, MADISON 61
Gavin Richardson scored 21 second-half points to help DeRuyter pull away for its 39th consecutive win Tuesday night. Richardson finished with a game-high 36 points.

DeRuyter hasn’t lost a game since March 3, 2019.

The Rockets were up 30-29 at halftime, but were able to pull away little by little in the second half.

Ryder Forrest added 13 points for DeRuyter, followed by Andrew Glisson and Leland Seamans, who scored eight points apiece. Cameron Daley (3) and Colton Roberts (3) also scored for the Rockets.

MORAVIA 62, GROTON 35
No details were reported.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

CORTLAND 38, SKANEATELES 25
Cortland’s defense held Skaneateles to six first-half points as the Purple Tigers won their second game in a row. Cortland held a 27-6 lead at the break.

Skaneateles stars Maddy Ramsgard and Faith Wagner each hit two threes apiece in the second half, but Cortland was able tocontrol the rebounding and keep the game out of reach.

Kirsten Merritt led Cortland with eight points, followed by Claire Turner with six.

“We had balanced scoring across the board, getting nine kids minutes and each player did what was asked of them defensively,”

Cortland head coach Janice Meyer said. “This was an important win for us and we showed up to play.”

WRESTLING

HOMER 42, MEXICO 30
Blair Wakula, Sam Sorenson, Hunter Lines, Jeffrey Stauber, Lukas Quinn and David Morse all won by tech fall
for Homer in their first dual meet of the year. Jack Brady, Christopher Slade and Dominic Burlingame all won their extra matches by tech fall as well.