December 11, 2009


Everything clicks as Indians romp

BasketballJoe McIntyre/staff photographer
Groton’s Ethan Tilebein (22) gets position over Union Springs’ Dominic Delaney (10) in the first quarter of Thursday’s game.

GROTON – For the first time this season, every single piece clicked at once. Despite the later start to the pre-season, Groton Central boys have been successful on the basketball court each time out, but it really came together Thursday during a 64-27 Interscholastic Athletic Conference North Small School Division victory over Union Springs at Richard Court Gymnasium. The win bumped Indians’ record to 3-0 in league and overall play. The Wolves dropped their third straight game since their season-opening win.
In IAC girls’ basketball, Union Springs posted a 49-25 win over visiting Groton.
In IAC swimming, Dryden paddled to a 97-62 triumph over Odessa-Montour.
Groton 64, Union Springs 27: Groton jumped to an 18-7 lead in the first quarter and ran away during the second quarter. The Indians netted 28 points to build a 46-16 cushion.
“We really played a solid first half,” Groton coach John Filzen said. “We were hustling, tipped the ball showed good basketball techniques at both ends of the court.
‘Nick Conway got us off to a good start,” he continued. “Ethan Tilebein and Josh Senter played great. Brandon Peckham was strong on the board and we got good play from the guys coming off the bench. It was also our third straight game with more than 20 steals.”
The reason for the breakout game?
“We had a good practice Wednesday,” Filzen stated. “It was a long practice, but we ironed out the bugs. It really paid off tonight.”
Tilebein led the Groton offense with 18 points. Senter chipped in with 10 points and Conway netted nine points. Peckham pulled down eight rebounds for the Indians. Greg Murray came off the bench to also score nine points.
Union Springs was short-handed due to some injuries. Ryan Fronce led the Wolves with seven points. Mark Delaney added five points to the visiting attack.
Groton will return to action Saturday. The Indians travel to Dryden to play a make-up game from December 1. JV action tips off at 5 p.m.
Union Springs 49, Groton 25: Union Springs grabbed a 14-point lead in the first quarter and had little trouble keeping his undefeated record intact.
Alexa Schooley pumped in 18 points as the Wolves improved to 4-0 in IAC North Division play. Molly Clifford added 12 points to the winning attack.
Shelby Warner led Groton (0-4) with seven points. Stephanie Senter netted six points and Kylene Hall recorded four points for the Indians.
Groton will return to action Tuesday at Lansing.
Dryden 97, Odessa-Montour 62: Dryden boys captured nine of 11 events and swan to the league win over Odessa-Montour.
Marcel Merwin and Lucas McNich each swam to two individual wins and were part of a winning relay team. Merwin won the 200-yard individual medley (2:32.24) and 100 backstroke (1:11.53) while swimming the third leg on the winning 200 medley relay team. McNich won the 50 free (23.89 seconds) and 100 free (54.26), plus he anchored the winning 200 free relay team.
Jason Button added wins in the 200 free (2:16.3) and 500 free (6:26.96) to the Purple Lions’ effort with John Vorstadt capturing the 100 breaststroke in 1:23.09.