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IAC BOYS BASKETBALL: SLOW START DOOMS TIOGA IN 61-40 LOSS AT CANDOR (9 PHOTOS) (2021-02-17)

Valley Sports Report
CANDOR — Candor jumped out to an 11-point first-quarter lead, and cruised to a 61-40 win over Tioga here Wednesday night in IAC boys basketball action.

Tioga coach Brian Card said his team never recovered from its poor start.

“We got off to a slow start tonight,” he said. “Candor was hitting a lot of its shots in the first quarter, and we made a lot of mistakes in the first half.

“We dug ourselves into a hole that we couldn't get back out of,” added Card.

The Tigers have averaged just 38.5 points per game during their 0-4 start.

“Offensively, we struggled to score again,” aid Card. “We missed a lot of easy shots.

“This season, if you are struggling to score, there is not much time in practice to work on it,” noted Card. “With games every other night and such a short preseason, it’s hard to get into a flow on offense.”

Five different Indians scored in the first quarter — led by five points apiece by Cooper Thayer and Bryce Mills, who both knocked down 3-pointers, and four points each by Nick Thomas and Will Zimmer — in a run that put Candor ahead 20-9 at the end of the first eight minutes.

Zack Watson and Joel Dougherty each drained 3-pointers in the second quarter for the Indians, but freshman Evan Sickler scored seven points and freshman Ethan Perry added five as the two teams battle to a 14-14 draw in the stanza, leaving Candor ahead 34-23 at the half.

The Tioga defense held Candor to just eight points in the third quarter, but the Tigers were outscored, 8-7.

Candor made just 8 of 15 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, but it was enough to seal the victory.

Perry led Tioga with 17 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, while Sickler scored seven, junior Josh Reis added six, and junior Casey Stoughton and Isaac Peterson chipped in with four points apiece.

“Ethan Perry had a very good game on offense,” said Card. “He was attacking and making some good shots.”

Dougherty led a balanced Candor offense with 13 points, while Thayer scored 12, Thomas, Mills, and Zimmer added nine points apiece, and Watson chipped in with six.

Tioga returns to action Saturday at Waverly.

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IN PHOTO 1: Tioga’s Casey Stoughton. … PHOTOS COURTESY OF CATHY DOANE.


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