January 19, 2008


All are pleased after Groton win


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Groton’s Peter Jackson hits the McDonald Gymnasium floor after getting tangled up with Marathon’s Matt Doran (top) during Friday’s IAC basketball clash. Visiting Groton was the 53-46 winner.

MARATHON — Every game has only one winner and one loser, but both Groton Central coach John Filzen and Marathon Central mentor Jim Holland were pleased after their Interscholastic Athletic Conference basketball showdown at McDonald Gymnasium.
Groton boys escaped with a 53-46 Division III victory before heading into a showdown with Newfield.
In other boys’ action, Newfield crushed Southern Cayuga 84-43, Union Springs mauled Moravia 41-25, Watkins Glen topped Tioga 51-26, Waverly edged Elmira Notre Dame 48-40, Elmira Heights Edison stopped Spencer-Van Etten 44-36, Candor clipped Odessa-Montour 57-38 and Lansing pounded Newark Valley 76-50. Dryden and Trumansburg meet this afternoon at Cornell University with a 5 p.m. tip-off.
For the girls, Marathon nipped Groton 50-49, Trumansburg dumped Dryden 48-38, Newfield slammed Southern Cayuga 75-51, Moravia downed Union Springs 42-31, Tioga topped Watkins Glen 46-37, Candor edged Odessa-Montour 50-45, Elmira Heights Edison slapped Spencer-Van Etten 52-32 and Waverly beat Elmira Notre Dame 61-54 in overtime.
Groton 53, Marathon 46: “This was a great game,” said Filzen. “Marathon had a good game plan and they executed it very well. We were fortunate to come away with a win tonight.”
“It was important that we got the lead at halftime,” Filzen added. “We had our backs to the wall, but we did what we had to do. We got a good bench effort tonight.”
“This was the best game we played this season,” said Holland. “We wanted to take Ethan Tilebein out of the game and we did a good job of that. Matt Parsons stepped up for Groton while Josh Senter and Peter Jackson handled our pressure well for them.”
Groton (4-2 division, 9-3 IAC, 11-3 overall) led 14-13 after the first quarter, but it was four crucial points that broke a 27-27 tie and kept the Indians on top 31-27 at halftime the proved to be the difference.
Groton increased the lead to 42-37 through three quarters, but the Olympians (1-5, 2-10, 2-12) hung around throughout the fourth quarter.
Tilebein did score 11 points, thanks to 9-for-10 free-throw shooting, with Kyle Yunger adding 10 points to the Groton attack. Parsons netted nine big points, Jackson eight and Kyle Reed seven with the Indian bench chipping in the eight points.
Chase Wiley pumped in 13 points for the Olympians with Stephen Birdsall adding 12 points. Eric Gofgosky, Cody Bellefleur and Ben McDonald each netted six points.
Groton will look for sole possession of second-place in the division, and a shot at a wild-card playoff berth, when the Indians host Newfield Friday. Marathon will travel to Union Springs Friday.
Marathon 50, Groton 49: The Marathon-Groton bioys did not have the only market on exciting games as the Lady Olympians posted a thrilling 50-49 win at Richard Court Gymnasium in Groton. Casie Wood poured in 33 points to carry the bulk of the Marathon (3-3, 5-7, 5-9) scoring.
“Casie loves to play in Groton,” said Marathon coach Rick Brooks. “She stepped up to the challenge tonight and handle the pressure. Casie had the big game, but everyone really helped out and this was a big win for us.”
Marathon led 14-12 after the first quarter and clung to a 28-26 advantage at halftime.
Groton (0-6, 0-12, 0-14) came to life in the third quarter and took a 38-33 lead into the fourth quarter, but Wood netted 10 points in the final eight minutes to rally her team to the victory.
Alisa Riese chipped in with seven points for the winners.
The Senter sisters kept the Indians in this game. Val Senter drained three 3-pointers and netted 21 points while Stephanie Senter delivered 13 points with her strong inside play
Marathon and Groton girls will return to action next Friday. The Olympians will host Union Springs while the Indians travel to Newfield.
Trumansburg 48,Dryden 38: Trumansburg (3-3 Division I, 7-4 IAC, 8-5 overall) overcame an 18-17 first-half deficit by controlling action in the second half for a solid 48-38 win over visiting Dryden (1-5, 5-6, 5-8).
Mackenzie Stilwell led the Blue Raider offense with 20 points with Stephanie Hagin adding seven points.
Bridget Bugliari paced the Purple Lions with 14 points while Taylor White netted 10 points.
Dryden High will host Lansing in Division I action next Friday.




Dragons roll on, win streak at six

POTSDAM — After securing a sixth straight victory, SUNY Cortland men head into a first place basketball showdown this afternoon.
Sophomore Will Coston matched his career high with 19 points as the Red Dragons remained unbeaten in conference play with a 73-65 victory at Potsdam Friday evening.
Carson Niehoff added 17 points and Ron Evans 15 off the bench as Cortland improved to 4-0 in the SUNY Athletic Conference and 11-2 overall.
Coach Tom Spanbauer’s crew visits Plattsburgh at 4 p.m. today with first place in the Eastern Division on the line. Defending playoff champion Plattsburgh is 5-0 in league play and also 11-2 overall.
Starting with a 3-pointer by Coston just over a minute into the game, the Red Dragons never trailed against Potsdam — the Bears falling to 1-4 in SUNYAC play and 5-8 overall. The visitors shot 57 percent from the floor while building a 37-24 halftime lead.
Niehoff provided a big offensive lift by hitting 4-of-5 shots from 3-point range, those four treys a career best for the junior forward. Freshman Evans connected on a couple of 3-pointers and shot 6-for-11 from the floor.
Potsdam did pull to within 56-55 with 6:52 left to play. Niehoff ended a Cortland scoreless stretch of over five minutes with a crucial 3pointer with 5:18 left to play. Ahead 61-56, baskets by forward Mike Lewis and Will Coston helped put Cortland back into control. When point guard Mark Schaller made three free throws after being fouled launching a 3-pointer, the Red Dragons had a comfortable 68-56 lead with 1:40 left to play.
Coston made 9-of-13 shots and came up with four steals in his solid showing. Tim Reinhardt had 19 points and six rebounds to lead Potsdam.




Women all alone in first

POTSDAM — With first place in the SUNY Athletic Conference East Division up for grabs, SUNY Cortland women were on their game Friday night.
Five Red Dragons scored in double figures as the visitors built a 23-point halftime lead and went on to defeat Potsdam 80-61 in this basketball showdown at Jerry Welsh Gymnasium.
The trio of senior Sara Cavanaugh, Jessica Laing and Maggie Byrne led the way for the Red Dragons, now 4-0 in conference play, 9-1 overall and ranked 24th nationally in Division III.
Senior Cavanaugh and sophomore Laing each finished with 17 points for the defending conference champions, with Laing grabbing a team high eight rebounds while Cavanaugh got her hands on five rebounds.
Junior guard Byrne added 15 points and came up with four steals in running the offense, as Cortland shot 56 percent from the floor.
The biggest Red Dragon edge came from the free throw line, where Coach Jeannette Yeoman’s squad was 26-for-34.
Freshmen Jennifer Polan and Jennifer Patten came off the bench and added 10 points apiece to the victory, Polan making a pair of 3-pointers.
Potsdam, coached by former Red Dragon player Tara Ruckh, falls out of first place with a 4-1 SUNYAC record. The Bears — who got 14 points from Cortney Poirier, 12 from Rachel Graf and 10 from KathleenLewis — stand 8-5 overall.
A pair of free throws in the opening minute gave Potsdam its lone lead of the evening, quickly erased by a Byrne 3-pointer. Potsdam was hanging around trailing 12-9 when the Red Dragons reeled off nine unanswered points over the three-minute span, Cavanaugh with a 3-pointer and five free throws over that span.