Tioga County Sports Report
WAVERLY - Newark Valley's Kyle Coffin pumped in a career-high 40 points, but it wasn't quite enough in a 67-61 loss to Waverly here Tuesday night in IAC boys basketball action.
The Wolverines jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead before Donovin Beebe broke the ice for the Cardinals with 4:29 remaining in the first quarter.
Senior Dylan Ward knocked down a 3-pointer to give Waverly its biggest lead of the game at 11-2, but a 3-pointer by Coffin and a bucket by Steve Cowulich trimmed the deficit to 11-7 with 1:40 remaining in the first quarter.
After a 3-pointer by freshman Caden Hollywood gave the Wolverines a 14-7 lead, Coffin scored six straight points, capped by a 3-pointer, to cut the Waverly lead to 14-13 with 14 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
Six-foot, 8-inch junior Scott Woodring, who led Waverly with 35 points and 22 rebounds, scored eight points in the second quarter to offset seven points by Coffin, and Ward drained a 3-pointer with 18 seconds remaining to give the Wolverines a 28-21 lead at the half.
Coffin, who had 16 points in the first half and pumped in 15 points in the third quarter, drained three consecutive 3-pointers to give the Cardinals its only lead at 42-41 late in the stanza.
After a jumper from the top-of-the-key by Hollywood put Waverly back ahead, Beebe made a free throw to send the game into the final eight minutes tied at 43-43.
Woodring and Ward each scored a pair of buckets early in the fourth quarter to give Waverly the lead, then the Wolverines knocked down 14 of 21 free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
Coffin connected on eight 3-pointers for the Cardinals. Jason Graham added seven points for Newark Valley, and Beebe chipped in with six.
Ward had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Wolverines, and Hollywood added 11 points and four steals.
Newark Valley, now 0-2, travels to Candor Friday for a non-league contest, while Waverly travels to Notre Dame for a divisional match-up.
IN PHOTO 1: Newark Valley's Kyle Coffin. ... PHOTOS BY TIM BIRNEY.
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