|IAC BOYS BASKETBALL: NEWARK VALLEY RALLY FALLS SHORT (2019-01-04)
Tioga County Sports Report
NEWARK VALLEY — The charity stripe wasn’t very kind to Newark Valley or Marathon Friday night, but both teams found some sweetness beyond the arc. Each team knocked down eight 3-pointers during a high-scoring affair in which the Olympians survived a late NV rally to post a 75-72 IAC crossover victory.
Marathon fell behind early, 19-12, after one quarter, but rallied to close the gap to 36-34 at the half on the strength of three Mason O’Donnell treys.
“We got off to a hot start, the kids were playing hard, and they were fired up, and then Marathon started to heat up partway through the second quarter,” NV head coach Scott Stratton said.
O’Donnell, who was held without a point in the first quarter, had 15 at the break. He tacked on 17 more, with four threes, in the third period to lead a 30-point barrage as the Olympians went on top, 64-55.
Kyle Coffin pumped out seven of his team-high 25 points and Ethan Bigelow added five more in the fourth, but it wouldn’t be enough.
“The whole game was a game of making runs offensively,” Stratton said. “They made a big run in the third quarter, and we made a defensive switch two minutes into the fourth quarter, and cut a 10-point lead down to a single possession with about two to play.
“Both teams had plenty of chances at the end ofd the game to seal the deal, Unfortunately, Marathon converted on one more opportunity than we did tonight.”
Coffin scored 12 points in the first period top lead the Cardinals’ early charge and Donavin Beebe had the other seven. He finished the game with 13 points. Bigelow totaled 11 points, six of them on 3-pointers, Jason Graham contributed 10 points, and Obregon had six points on a pair of treys.
O’Donnell ended up with a game-high 39 points for the IAC North Small School leaders, now 6-2. Diego Castellott and Andrew Tillotson scored 16 and 13, respectively.
Both teams shot less than 55 percent at the free throw line. The Cardinals were 9-for-17 while Marathon went 13-for-24.
NV (2-8) hosts Harpursville (3-6) Saturday afternoon.
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