Valley Sports Report
CORNING - Waverly grad Jon Ward finished off his career at Corning Community College with two of his best games, helping the Red Barons to the Region III men's basketball semifinals.

Ward, whose career-high was 22 points earlier this season, scored 21 points, grabbed seven rebounds, including five offensive boards, and blocked one shot in Corning's 90-87 win over Finger Lakes CC Friday in the regional quarterfinals.

Ward connected on 7 of his 12 shots from the field, including 1 of 2 from behind the 3-point arc, and was 6-for-6 from the free-throw line in the win. He scored 14 points in the first half to keep the Red Barons, who trailed 44-40 at the break, in the game.

In the semifinals Saturday, nationally-ranked Herkimer ended Corning's run with an 84-75 win. Herkimer ended up winning the Region III crown Sunday to improve to 28-1 on the season, and advances to the NJCAA National Championships.

Ward scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the loss. He made 9 of 15 shots from the field, including 1 of 2 from 3-point range, and was 2-for-2 from the free-throw line.

Ward, who started in all 25 games this season, was second on the team with 13 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, as well as a 55.4 percent shooting percentage from the field. He led the team with 3 blocks per game, and also recorded 24 assists, 16 steals, and eight 3-pointers.

Corning finishes up the season at 18-8, including a win by forfeit over Cayuga CC.


IN PHOTO: Jon Ward.