Tioga County Sports Report
SPENCER - S-VE's 24-point third-quarter surge helped offset Moravia's 3-point shooting and carry the Panthers to a 68-63 IAC Small School crossover victory here Friday night.
However, it was more than just a win. It lifted S-VE into a first-place tie with Newfield for the South Small School lead, each team boasting an 11-2 division record. The two will playoff Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. at Newfield to decide which team plays in the IAC Small School Championship.
Nathan and Noah Mack scored seven points apiece, James Sutherlin contributed five, and Matthew Byrne and Ben VanGalder combined for another five in the crucial third-period. Noah Mack, Sutherlin and Byrne knocked down one trey apiece in the process.
The Blue Devils took charge in the first half, outscoring S-VE, 32-28. Moravia hit five shots from beyond the arc in the opening period and had nine by the break. They added another four, but only made one in the final stanza. The Panthers, meanwhile, only had the three treys which they made in the third quarter.
S-VE also made 19 free throws to Moravia's nine.
Nathan Mack displayed an impressive double-double performance, scoring 26 points and pulling down 19 rebounds. He was 8-for-13 at the free throw line an grabbed three steals.
Noah Mack added 10 points, went 7-for-9 at the stripe and had two assists and a block. Matthew Byrne scored 11 points, Sutherlin finished with nine points and seven boards, VanGalder had eight points another steals, and Wilson Cooper added four points.
Kaden Hooper led Moravia with 18 points, all from 3-point range. Scottie Sovocool had 12 points with four treys, and Gavin Genson added 10 points.
IN PHOTO 1: James Sutherlin. ... PHOTOS COURTESY OF DANIEL SUTHERLIN.
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