Valley Sports Report
MARATHON — State-ranked Marathon rolled out to a big lead early, and cruised to a 61-31 win over Tioga here Tuesday night in IAC Small School Division boys basketball action.
“Marathon is a really good team,” said Tioga coach Brian Card. “They have very good guards that are very fast and very strong. They all can handle the ball and shoot.
“We weren't able to adjust to their speed and physicality,” he noted. “We did a few good things tonight, but Marathon came out on their senior night and played hard.”
Diego Castellot canned four 3-pointers and scored 14 points in the first quarter, and Kenyon Depuy added six points to help Marathon to a 25-11 lead after the first eight minutes.
Castellot added seven points in the second quarter to fuel a 14-4 run that gave the Olympians a 39-15 lead at the half.
Marathon outscored Tioga, 17-4, in the third quarter to take a 56-19 lead uno the final eight minutes.
Senior Sam Taylor led Tioga with 15 points, while junior Derrick Gage added six points, and sophomore Gavin Godfrey chipped in with four points.
Castellot led Marathon with 26 points, including six 3-pointers, and DePuy added 14 points.
The Tigers, who lost their first 11 games of the season, wrapped up the 2019-20 campaign with a 5-15 record.
“This season was a lot of fun for me,” said Card. “This team was my hardest working team that I've had since I have been at Tioga.
“I was fortunate enough to have great senior leadership,” he noted. “Sam Taylor and Thomas Cook have been playing basketball for a long time and I was very proud of them for taking these guys under their wing and helping them get better.
“And get better is what we were able to do throughout the season. From our first game to our last it was completely different,” continued Card. “This young group made tremendous progress from day one and, hopefully, we can continue the improvement into next season.
“We have five guys returning next year and with how much they have improved this year, they have a bright future,” added Card. “If they are able to put in the work in the offseason, we are going to be able to do some good things next year.”
IN PHOTO: Tioga’s Sam Taylor.
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