Valley Sports Report
CANDOR — Candor built an early 14-point lead, and rolled to a 66-35 win over Tioga here Friday night in IAC South Small School Division boys basketball action.
Tioga coach Brian Card said his team is way behind schedule thanks to an extended football season.
"(Candor) played Union-Endicott last night, a Class A school that's big and physical, fast and strong," he said. "We were two weeks late starting the season because of football, so I've only had six practices and two scrimmages to get these guys ready for a fast-paced game, which was almost impossible.
"Our guys did not give up, they were constantly trying," added Card. "They showed great effort, and were constantly trying to do things, but (Candor) pressed the entire first three quarters and it was very hard for us to keep up."
Candor coach Nate Thomas believes the Indians will see a different Tioga team in the second half of the season.
"Let's be honest here," he said. "He's had his guys for like six days of practice. When we play them next time, they will look a whole lot different. He'll have them ready to go, and there's no doubt they will compete every single night."
Kolden Foster and Daniel Thomas each scored seven points, and Alex Doucett added five points — all three made one 3-pointer — in the first quarter to propel Candor to a 21-7 lead after the first eight minutes.
Doucett knocked down two more 3-pointers in the second quarter, and scored eight points, while Joel Dougherty canned a 3-pointer and scored five points in a 16-7 run that extended the Indians’ lead to 37-14 at the intermission.
The Tigers offense roared to life in the third quarter as junior Derrick Gage scored six points, senior Sam Taylor added four, and sophomore Casey Stoughton knocked down a 3-pointer in a 19-point outburst, but Candor still increased its lead by one point, to 57-33 entering the final eight minutes.
Tioga managed just two points in the fourth quarter — a field goal by sophomore Isaac Peterson.
Senior Caleb Allen and Taylor led the Tigers with eight points apiece, while Gage scored seven, Stoughton added six, and Peterson chipped in with four.
Doucett led Candor with 17 points, including four 3-pointers, while Dougherty scored 15 points, including two 3-pointers, Foster had 14 points, and Thomas added 12.
The Indians knocked down nine 3-pointers as they improved to 2-1 on the season.
Tioga, now 0-1, hosts Newfield Tuesday.
IN PHOTO 1: Tioga’s Gavin Godfrey. … PHOTOS BY TIM TAYLOR.
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