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IAC BOYS BASKETBALL: WAVERLY OVERCOMES POOR SHOOTING NIGHT IN 76-26 ROUT OF WHITNEY POINT (2023-01-19)

Valley Sports Report
WAVERLY — Waverly survived its poorest shooting night of the season from the perimeter by finding other ways to score here Thursday night in a 76-26 rout of Whitney Point in IAC Large School boys basketball crossover action.

“We didn’t shoot the ball well all night long,” said Waverly coach Lou Judson “We were 4-for-27 from 3-point range, which was our worst shooting performance of the season.

“Fortunately, we were able to score in a variety of ways, and we were able to use our size to our advantage,” noted Judson. “We don’t have much size, but we were bigger than them.

“Jake VanHouten had a very good game, and our forwards — Jacob Benjamin and Jon Searles — rebounded the ball well. We rebounded on the offensive glass very well, and got some easy putbacks.

“And, our press wore them down as the game went on, so we got some easy buckets in transition,” added Judson. “Overall, we played a pretty good game.”

Junior Joey Tomasso scored nine points in the first quarter, and Jake VanHouten added a 3-pointer as the Wolverines jumped out to an 18-6 lead after the first eight minutes.

Tomasso pumped in 12 more points, including a 3-pointer, and an old-fashioned three-point play, in the second quarter, while senior Isaiah Bretz added four points, and freshman Hogan Shaw canned a 3-pointer to fuel a 27-4 blitz that extended the lead to 45-10 at the half.

Tomasso led Waverly with 26 points, four rebounds, and five steals, while VanHouten had 17 points, 12 rebounds, four steals, and one blocked shot, and Shaw had nine points and four boards.

Senior Nate DeLill had seven points and five rebounds in the win, while junior Jon Searles had six points, and eight rebounds — all on the offensive glass, and junior Jacob Benjamin added five points and 11 rebounds, Bretz chipped in with four points, three rebounds, four assists, and four steals, and junior Jay Pipher dished out three assists.

Hunter Maslin led Whitney Point with 13 points.

Waverly, now 10-2, returns to action Jan. 27 at Trumansburg.

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