December 14, 2009


Dryden erupts to sink Groton

DRYDEN — After hanging tough in the first half, Dryden High basketball boys found another level coming out of the halftime locker room.
Behind a 20-2 third quarter explosion, the Purple Lions took a five-point deficit and turned it into a 47-34 advantage en route to a 65-49 Interscholastic Athletic Conference North Division victory over previously undefeated Groton Central Saturday.
Dryden improves to 2-1 in league and overall play. Groton slips to 3-1 in league and overall play.
“Dryden played well,” Groton coach John Filzen said. “They had a good game plan, they executed and they defended well. They really wore us down in the second half.”
“Defensively, we did have a good game plan,” Dryden coach Kim Brown said. “Groton has an outstanding team. We did play a good man-to-man defense. We switched on screens well.
“It was crucial for us to put pressure on them,” Brown added. “We contested shots. We made them try to make plays.”
For the Indians, it was their third game in five days, but Filzen was not making excuses.
“It is a tough opening stretch for us with the late start, but our guys played hard,” he stated. “We didn’t quit. It was just a case of the shots not going in during the second half.”
Groton led 15-14 after the first quarter and used a slight edge in the second quarter for a 31-27 halftime advantage.
That is when a strong Purple Lion defense allowed Groton just two points on a pair of free throws in the third quarter. After that solid quarter, Dryden scored 18 more points in the fourth quarter to preserve the win.
Matt Phillips led a balanced Dryden attack with 17 points. Andrew Horton added 11 points and Zach LeViere netted 10 points.
“Matt played well,” Coach Brown said. “It was a very quiet 17 points. Matt is a very cerebral player. He just knows what to do and he can knock down shots.”
Ethan Tilebein and Josh Senter reached double figures for Groton. Tilebein scored 16 points and Senter chipped in with 15 points.
Dryden will host Union Springs tonight in a schedule change instead of facing the Wolves Dec. 22 in North Division action. The Purple Lions then host Marathon in another league game Tuesday.
Groton will face another stiff test as the Indians travel to Lansing on Tuesday.