Tioga County Sports Report
TIOGA COUNTY — In recent weeks, Owego has been able to avenge a couple of early-season losses, but Wednesday's STAC matchup with state-ranked M-E wouldn't be one of them. The No. 18 Spartans' defense shut down Owego early on the way to a 61-34 victory to clinch the Metro division title.
"Credit M-E and their staff. The game was just too physical for us," Owego coach Chris Evans said.
The Indians managed to put just four points on the scoreboard in the first quarter as they fell behind, 20-4. Meanwhile, M-E was hot from long range as Connor Green, Mike Mancini and Santino Aybar knocked down 3-pointers. Chad VanPatten scored fivepoints, as did Green, and Jack McFadden had four more.
Green drained two more treys in the second quarter while Aybar and McFadden added four points each to make it 34-12 at halftime. Nobody from Owego was able to score more than two points in the period.
Owego's Evan Hamed drained a pair of treys and Brendan Evan added another, and five points, and Devon Johnson had a three in the third quarter, but M-E would take a 43-27 cushion into the final frame.
Aybar had two more treys in the fourth quarter while Hamed notched his third three of the night.
Green, Aybar and McFadden led the Spartans (16-2) with 15 points apiece.
Hamed paced Owego (9-9) with 15 and Evans chipped in with seven. Mike Wasyln scored four, Johnson and Nick Wasyln had three apiece, and Cooper Phelps added two.
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