|IAC BOYS BASKETBALL: TIOGA TOPS NEWARK VALLEY IN REGULAR-SEASON FINALE — FORCES DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF WITH NEWFIELD (2018-02-06)
Valley Sports Report
NEWARK VALLEY — After splitting a pair of regular-season contests, Tioga will get another shot at state-ranked Newfield in a playoff for the IAC South Small School title, following its 68-51 win here Tuesday night in boys basketball action.
The Tigers, now 15-3 and winners of nine straight, took control of the game with a 24-9 second-quarter blitz.
Tioga will square off with Newfield, now 14-2 and ranked 10th in Class D, with the winner playing Union Springs Thursday at TCCC. The divisional playoff date is yet to be determined.
“I’m excited to play Newfield again for the division title,” said Tioga coach Brian Card. “Both games we played this season were decided by six points or less.
“I enjoy playing games that are close and it's great for us to have another competitive game in before sectionals start,” noted Card. “Newfield is a very good team and I expect it to be close again.”
Senior Connor Hutchinson and Pierce Hendershot each scored four points in the first quarter to help Tioga to a 14-9 lead.
Hendershot canned a pair of 3-pointers and scored 10 points in the second quarter, and sophomore Sam Taylor scored seven points, including a 3-pointer, to help the Tigers to a 38-20 halftime lead.
“We got off to a good start in the first half,” said Card. “Pierce (Hendershot) and Sam (Taylor) hit a few threes and that really kick-started our offense.
“We locked in on the defensive side of the ball and that led to us playing so well on offense,” he noted. “When we play defense how we should, it makes our quick scoring offense that much better.”
Senior Scott Siberski scored four points in the third quarter, and Hendershot added a 3-pointer, helping Tioga to a 50-33 lead heading into the final eight minutes.
Junior Lucas Klossner hit a 3-pointer and was 2-for-2 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter, while senior DeMario Chambers was 4-for-6 from the line, and Taylor added a 3-pointer to secure the victory.
Hendershot led Tioga with 17 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, six rebounds, and three assists, while Taylor had 12 points, and Hutchinson scored 11 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and dished out three assists.
Siberski had 10 points and seven boards in the win, while Lucas Klossner had 10 points and six assists, and Chambers chipped in with six points and four rebounds.
We shared the ball well tonight, and when we move the ball around so well we are very hard to defend,” said Card. “We had five score in double figures tonight, which is a good example of how difficult it is to beat us.”
Kyle Coffin led Newark Valley with 13 points, and Quartus Steika added nine points.
“Sam (Taylor) did a great job on defense holding Coffin to four made shots, and Pierce (Hendershot) and DeMario (Chambers) did a great job holding (Quartus) Stieka to nine points,” Card noted.
Card likes where his team is with postseason approaching.
“With the regular season ending tonight, we are definitely on the right track,” he said. “Hopefully, we can keep this run going.”
IN PHOTO: Tioga’s Pierce Hendeshot.