January 27, 2022

Dryden boys get gritty win over END

Katie Vartanian/contributing photographer

Dryden’s Xavier Scott, left, takes a shot over Elmira Notre Dame’s Cameron Johnson. Scott led the Lions with 24 points and 12 rebounds in a 66-57 victory.

DRYDEN — The Dryden boys basketball team survived a second-half scare from visiting Elmira Notre Dame to hold on for a 66-57 victory Tuesday evening.

Dryden had its largest lead of the night of 18 when the score was 46-28 with 4:34 left in the third quarter.

Elmira Notre Dame stuck with its game plan, going on a 13-5 run over the next four minutes to cut the lead to 10 heading into the fourth.

Things went back-and-forth for the first few minutes of the fourth, but the Crusaders’ Steven Gough hit some big shots, including two 3-pointers, and the Lions’ lead was suddenly only five points, 61-56 with 1:33 left.

The Lions were fouled with just over a minute remaining and, after a missed free-throw, CJ Miles had a huge offensive rebound and bucket to make it 63-57.

Elmira Notre Dame had some missed shots and lengthy possessions in the final minute and were unable to convert on their scoring chances. They were then forced to foul and Dryden hit three of four free throws to seal the win.

Lions head coach Zachary LeViere was proud of his players for holding onto the lead and walking out with a win.

“One of the things that I was most impressed with was our composure throughout the game,” LeViere said. “Basketball is a game of runs. We did a good job of surviving that run and not allowing it to snowball into more.”

Xavier Scott had a monster game for Dryden to lead the way. He finished with 24 points, 12 rebounds and 7 blocks. Scott also had a number of baskets in the both halves to help maintain the lead.

“Xavier Scott had key baskets just when we needed them,” LeViere said. “They had gotten it to within nine and then he gets an offensive rebound and puts it back up and scores.”

Scott was also a huge factor defensively, something LeViere spoke about highly.

“I can’t say enough about what he does in the middle for us defensively,” LeViere said. “It is so hard to shoot over him, so even if he is not blocking shots, he is affecting shots and making it difficult for them to score inside. He is the anchor of our defense.”

Another player who stepped up big and was all over the floor for the Lions was Miles, who finished with 12 points and eight rebounds.

“It was great to see CJ Miles, who took last year off, being more aggressive, attacking the rim and ending up with 12 points,” LeViere said. “He is a coach’s dream in terms of the hustle, the physicality and now I think he is starting to put it together on the floor.”

Colton Dow also had a big night for the Lions with 15 points, five rebounds, six assists and six steals. Armando Gonzalez had six points, Antonio Gonzalez added five points and Ryan Wiser had four points.

Dryden will look to keep the momentum going when it plays at 7:30 tonight at Chenango Valley.


Max Gambitta scored eight of Cortland’s 15 overtime points as the Purple Tigers notched a tough road win. Gambitta finished with a game-high 24 points.

Cortland and Fowler played a back-and-forth game, with Cortland holding the lead after the first and third quarters and Fowler leading at halftime. Cortland lost the fourth quarter 13-10 and the game went to overtime tied at 53. The Purple Tigers held the Falcons to just eight points in the extra frame.

Only three other Purple Tigers scored, but they all went into double figures. Marvin Bell netted 18 points, Tyler Blake notched 16 and Emerson Johnson contributed 10. Blake made three of four threes.

Cason Stafford buried six free throws in the final 1:40 of the fourth quarter to help Cincinnatus snap DeRuyter’s 39-game win streak. Cason Stafford finished with eight points.

DeRuyter led 32-30 heading into the fourth quarter, but were held to just 10 points. Scott Schuyler took over for the Lions, netting 14 of his team-high 21 points in the final eight minutes. He made three 3-pointers in the frame also.

Cason Stafford added five steals, four blocked shots and three assists. Tyler Liddle and Kooper Vosburg also stuffed the stat sheet, with Liddle contributing 11 points, nine rebounds and four steals and Vosburg pitching in 10 points and eight boards. Canden Stafford also had two points, four rebounds and three steals.

Gavin Richardson accounted for over half of DeRuyter’s offense, scoring 26 of the Rockets’ 42 points. Andrew Glisson (7), Ryder Forrest (4), Colton Roberts (3) and Leland Seamons (2) also scored for DeRuyter.

Marathon was held to just 10 second-half points in a loss. The Olympians only made one field goal after halftime and allowed 29 points.

Marathon held a 24-23 lead at halftime before the collapse.

Conor Holland led the Olympians with 20 points, 11 rebounds and three steals. Braeden Morrison also chipped in four points, six boards and three assists. Braedin Drake (6), Drew Rozewski (3) and Jon Forrest (1) rounded out Marathon’s scoring.


Groton’s stifling defense held Newfield to just 12 first-half points as the Indians cruised to their first win of the season after starting 0-3. They took a 26-12 lead into halftime.

Abby Dykeman led all scorers with 15 points. Matty Lucey’s 11 points and Maddie Perkins’ 10 points aided Dykeman’s scoring efforts.

Tully got 19 points from Sammy Morgan and 16 from Grace McKenna as the Black Knights won their third game in a row. Morgan made five threes, while McKenna hit seven twos.

The Black Knights won every quarter and steadily pulled away.

Hailey Olender added in nine points for Tully, while Rachel Daddona (7) and McKenzie Smith (5) rounded out their scoring.


Nate McMullin nearly rolled a 200 in all three games to lead Homer to a shutout victory. He had games of 220, 222 and 198 for a 640 series.

Mike Grant’s 245 game was the highest of the day for Homer. His series was 570. Brenton Hapgood (206, 188, 184), Ky Townsend (186, 183, 186) and Aaron Platt (157, 122, 186) also bowled all three games for the Trojans. Tanner Vogel (178, 190) competed in two games and Dwight Ethridge (105) rounded out Homer’s performance.


Ashlynn Holcomb finished her day with a 210 game to cap off a 537 series and a Homer win. She also had games of 139 and 188.

Caitlyn Vieou (153, 126, 150), Arielez Morales (136, 128, 154) and Morgan Brown (143, 121, 117) also bowled all three games for the Trojans. Addison Platt (154, 118) and Olivia Hamilton (107, 119) competed in two games and Jaden Bush (125) and Lorelei Hill (86) threw one apiece.


Dryden at Chenango Valley, 7:30 p.m.
DeRuyter at Otselic Valley, 7 p.m.
Cato-Meridian at Tully, 7 p.m.

Cortland at Carthage, 5:30 p.m.
Cincinnatus at Stockbridge Valley, 6 p.m.

Stockbridge Valley at Cincinnatus, 7 p.m.

Lansing at Cortland, 6 p.m.
Chittenango at Homer, 6 p.m.
Odessa-Montour at Marathon, 6 p.m.

Cortland at Central Square, 3:30 p.m.
Marathon at Groton, 4 p.m.