|IAC BOYS BASKETBALL: FAST START PROPELS WAVERLY TO 79-53 WIN OVER O-M — THIRD STRAIGHT DIVISION TITLE (2018-02-08)
Valley Sports Report
WAVERLY — Waverly poured in 50 first-half points, and cruised to a 79-53 win over O-M here Friday night to clinch its third consecutive IAC South Large School boys basketball title.
Waverly coach Lou Judson is pleased for his seniors, many of whom were reserves the last two years on teams that went a combined 41-4.
“Our seniors have played behind some very good players throughout their careers,.
“For them to be able to step up this year and fill their roles with so much success is a testament to the work they’ve put in,” said Judson.
“We didn’t know what to expect early on, and we had some growing pains losing our first couple games, but we really turned it around, and become a very good basketball team,” he added.
Judson notes much of the success can be attributed to the time put in during the offseason.
“We’ve been quite successful the last few years winning our division, and the overall league titles, but these championships have not been won in the season.
“A lot of our players and coaches have put in a lot of time over the course of the entire year,” said Judson. “These championships have been won during the summer. I’m very pleased with the effort everyone has put in over the years.”
Junior Gavin Judson pumped in 15 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, in the first quarter, and junior Dylan Ward added nine points to lead the Wolverines to a 31-17 lead.
Judson knocked down two more 3-pointers in the second quarter, while seniors Matt VanHouten, and Jason Jequinto each scored four points, and senior Chandler Whitmarsh added a 3-pointer in a 19-12 spurt that gave Waverly a 50-31 halftime lead.
“We came out making shots,” said Judson.
“Dylan Ward and Gavin Judson were hot from the perimeter, and Dylan (Ward) was crashing the glass,” he noted. “It seemed like everything was going in for us.
“We shot the ball really well in the first quarter, and it carried over into the second quarter,” added Judson. “Offensively, we were really clicking tonight.”
Ward scored nine points in the third quarter, and Judson added five as Waverly extended its lead to 69-46 entering the final eight minutes.
Judson led Waverly with 28 rebounds, six assists, and six rebounds, while Ward scored a career-high 20 points, and grabbed seven boards, and Jequinto added nine points and five assists.
VanHouten scored nine points in the win, while Whitmarsh added seven points and four steals, and sophomore Scotty Woodring chipped in with four points, and a team-high 11 rebounds.
Waverly improves to 14-4, and hosts Candor Friday night to close out the regular season.
“The Candor game has Sectional implications,” said Judson. “If we happen to win (Friday) night, we may be able to squeeze into the third or fourth seed, and get a home game. We want to take care of business, for sure.”
The Wolverines will face Whitney Point next Friday in the overall IAC Large School championship game at Tompkins-Cortland Community College. Tip time is 8 p.m.
IN PHOTO: Waverly’s Gavin Judson. ... PHOTOS COURTESY OF VINNIE TIMSHEK.