|IAC BOYS BASKETBALL: CANDOR COMEBACK BID COMES UP SHORT (2019-01-08)
Tioga County Sports Report
CANDOR — Kolden Foster sparked a late rally, but Candor’s upset bid came up short in a 64-51 loss to Moravia here Tuesday.
With the Indians trailing, 51-39, Foster, who who would finish the game with a double-double, hit the first of his two 3-pointers with 6:15 to go in the fourth quarter. Forty seconds later, Daniel Thomas knocked down trey and the Indians had closed the gap to 51-45.
A couple of key turnovers helped the Blue Devils boost their advantage to 57-48, but Foster’s second three trimmed the lead back to six at 57-51 with 3:10 on the clock.
With 2:10 to play, Candor sent Kaden Hooper to the free throw line for two, but he missed both attempts. Unfortunately for the Indians, Moravia’s Scottie Sovocool was able to grab the rebound and convert the putback for a 59-51 lead. The Devils’ Gavin Genson locked up the win with a pair of free throws with 1:45 to play, giving the visitors a 61-51 advantage.
Sovocool scored six of his game-high 16 points in the final period. He also scored six in the first quarter on a pair of treys to highlight a 21-9 start.
Moravia increased its lead to 36-21 at halftime on threes from Justin Pettit, Gavin Stanton and Hooper.
The Indians picked up ground on their guests in the third quarter as Kevin Cotton and Alex Doucett scored six and five points, respectively, each canning a trey in the process.
Along with Sovocool, three other Devils players hit for double digits. Hooper and Genson scored 13 points apiece, and Stanton chipped in a dozen more.
Foster finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and also had three steals and two blocks. Nick Thomas had nine points, five boards and three steals; Cotton contributed nine points; Daniel Thomas had seven points and three steals; and Doucett had five points and five rebounds.
Moravia currently holds the second-best record in the IAC at 9-2 (S-VE is 9-0) and made its season debut in the Class C state polls Tuesday as an honorable mention.
Candor (6-7) travels to Southern Cayuga Friday.
IN PHOTO 1: Candor’s Marcus Rypkema and Lance Jensen (5). … PHOTOS 1-4 COURTESY OF CATHY DOANE. PHOTOS 5-15 BY TIM TAYLOR.
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