January 20, 2022

DeRuyter cruises to victory

Paul Cifonelli/sports editor

DeRuyter’s Gavin Richardson, right, watches his teammate bring the ball up the court while McGraw’s Kryshtin Whible gets directions from his bench Wednesday night at DeRuyter Central School. Richardson scored 27 points in the Rockets’ 62-46 victory.

DERUYTER — The DeRuyter boys basketball team jumped out to an early lead and cruised to a 62-46 victory over McGraw Wednesday night at DeRuyter Central School. The win was the Rockets’ fourth in a row.

DeRuyter led 14-5 after one quarter thanks to a balanced scoring effort. Rockets’ star Gavin Richardson was held to just three points in the first quarter, but his teammates, especially Andrew Glisson, were able to pick up the scoring while he was being face-guarded.

“Andrew did a great job scoring, getting to the basket and finishing,” Richardson said. “We picked up the defense in the second half and played well as a team.”

The defense on Richardson didn’t work forever, as he still scored 27 points, just four under his season average.

After the first quarter, McGraw kept it close for most of the remainder of the game. The Eagles trailed 26-18 at halftime, but a disastrous third quarter left them down 47-27 with eight minutes to play.

McGraw turned it on early in the fourth, going on an 8-2 run to cut the deficit to 14. DeRuyter immediately countered that with a 6-0 spurt of its own. Glisson created a couple buckets for his teammates before ending the run with a layup while being fouled.

“It definitely feels good (to contribute like that), especially since we didn’t let them crawl back into it,” Glisson said. “We had to pick it up as a team in order to get the win because they were double-teaming Gavin.”

The Rockets did a lot of their damage in the game in short spurts. They started the game on a 7-0 run, had a 9-0 run in the third quarter and followed that up with another 8-2 run. While some teams want to keep the scoring consistent throughout the game, that’s not DeRuyter basketball.

“Even in the last two years when we’ve done well, that’s the way it was,” DeRuyter head coach Ric Barnes said. “You get two or three 8-0 or 10-0 spurts and all of a sudden you’re up 30 points. The key to that is you also have to defend. You can go three minutes without scoring, but you’ve got to stop them from scoring also.”

DeRuyter did just enough of that, using a fullcourt zone press of their own to keep McGraw playing fast and out of any offensive rhythm.

Richardson’s 27 points led the way for the Rockets, while Glisson netted 17. Colton Roberts pitched in eight points for DeRuyter, Ryder Forrest scored six and Justin Foster had four.

Quintin Burdick had a big night for McGraw, scoring 25 points and draining three triples. Nolan Knickerbocker and Antonio Underwood followed him up with six points apiece. Nick Sutton (4), Jaydon Bassett (2), Kaden Randall (2) and Nate Stiles (1) rounded out the Eagles’ scoring.

DeRuyter’s game scheduled for Friday has been postponed. The team is looking for an opponent to play Friday, but otherwise their next game will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 at Brookfield.

McGraw will take the court next at 7 p.m. Friday at Otselic Valley.


Lauren Gulini’s 12 points led Dryden to a win yet another close game. The Lions scored 15 points in the first quarter and were able to hold on from there.

Kahlen Cornell added in nine points for Dryden, followed by seven from Ava Henry and six from Laci Prignon. Sidni Pinkney (4), Abigail Spano (4), Ariana DeFranco (2) and Mikayla Hisey (2) also scored for the Lions.


McGraw lost the three sets 25-23, 2520, 25-21.

Cincinnatus lost the first set 28-26, then won the second 25-18. However, they lost the next two 25-17, 25-17.

Alexa Shay had 29 assists, Veronica Kowalewski added 12 digs and Emma Byrne notched 10 kills for Tully as they swept CBA, 25-11, 25-17, 25-13.

Shay also had three digs and an ace and Byrne had eight digs and a block. Catherine Lund had six digs, four kills and two aces, Samantha Garback pitched in three kills, three aces and two blocks and Keagan Usherwood had three digs and two kills.



Lukas Quinn and Dominic Burlingame both got pins for Homer in their dual meet win over Marcellus/Onondaga. Quinn pinned his 138-pound opponent in 3:31, while Burlingame got it done at 152 pounds in 4:27.

Maddox and Zander Johnson both won decisions for the Trojans. Maddox Johnson, a 172-pounder, won 3-1 in a sudden-victory round. Zander Johnson won 12-0 at 189 pounds. Conor Powers, Sam Sorenson and Talan Hubbard also got wins by forfeit.


Homer at Solvay, 6:30 p.m.
McGraw at Otselic Valley, 6 p.m.
Lansing at Groton, 7:15 p.m.
New York Mills at Cincinnatus, 6 p.m.

Auburn at Cortland/Homer, 7 p.m.

McGraw at DeRuyter, 7 p.m. Port Byron at Tully, 7 p.m.

Homer at Phoenix, 6 p.m.

Cortland at Auburn, 3:30 p.m.
Homer at Weedsport, 4 p.m.
Marathon at Odessa-Montour, 4 p.m.
Candor at Groton, 4 p.m.

Waverly at Dryden, 4:30 p.m.