Tioga County Sports Report
OWEGO — Top-seeded Owego spread the wealth en route to a 72-40 rout of No. 8 Dryden in the Section IV Class B quarterfinals here Friday night.
The Indians emptied their bench, putting all 16 players onto the hardwood before the game was through. Ten of them put points on the scoreboard.
“Everyone got a chance to play,” said Owego head coach Chris Evans. “Nice team win with balanced scoring and a great job sharing the ball.”
Owego raced out to a 26-9 first-quarter advantage and never looked back as senior guards Kobe Bogart and Christian Sage scored six points each, Mike Wasyln and Rob Merrill added for apiece, and Brendan Evans and Evan Hamed each connected for a basket from beyond the arc.
Bogart added five more points in the second period, Wasyln added four, Collin VanVorce canned a 3-pointer and Damien Plater added a bucket. The Indians led at the half, 40-17.
Evans and Hamed would tack on one three apiece in the third quarter, Wasyln had six points, Merrill added three and Sage had a field goal and the Owego lead would bulge to 57-25.
Plater and Jozelle Rasce scored five points each in the final frame while Bogart knocked down a trey and Mason Rieg added a basket.
Bogart and Wasyln shared scoring honors with 14 points apiece, Sage contributed eight, Plater and Merrill had seven each, Evans and Hamed chipped in with six apiece, Race had five, VanVorce three and Rieg two.
The Purple Lions were led by Ashton Hodgson with nine points, and Brandon Madigan and Jacob Babcock with seven each.
“(We) must get ready for the winner of Norwich / Susquehanna Valley — two really good teams that are coached well and will play a hard and smart brand of basketball. It will certainly not be easy,” Evans said.
Owego (17-3) hosts the winner of Saturday’s game between No. 5 Sus Valley (11-7) and the No. 4 Purple Tornado (12-6) Wednesday.
IN PHOTO 1: Owego’s Christian Sage (1). … PHOTOS COURTESY OF JEFF MILLER.
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