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IAC BOYS BASKETBALL: CANDOR HOPING TO WIN A BUNCH; STARTS WITH SEASON OPENER (2023-12-01)

Tioga County Sports Report
CANDOR — “Win as many games as possible.” That’s the season outlook for Candor boys basketball coach Nate Thomas — and the Coyotes started with a 54-36 IAC crossover victory against Marathon Thursday evening.

Jadon Heidl was held to one first quarter field goal until erupting for 18 of his game high 20 points in the second half. The 6-foot-1 senior knocked down four 3-pointers in the process to help put the game on ice.

The Olympians held their own early, trailing 11-10 at the end of the opening frame.

Jakobe Foster broke open the tight game, pumping out 13 of his 16 markers in a 15-4 second period blitz. He canned a trio of treys in the process.

Jacek Teribury contributed five of his seven points in the third, but Marathon held a 15-14 edge.

Carson Heidl added seven points to the Candor output while Ryan Huizinga and Tra Payne tacked on one bucket apiece.

Teribury had six rebounds, three steals and two blocks, and Foster pulled down seven rebounds and dished out five assists. Carson Heidl chipped in with four boards, while Payne and Huizinga tacked on three and two steals, respectively.

Jacob Byron led the Olympians with 10 points, Bryce Hartman had nine, and Zach Bridrsall and Austin Poth added seven each.

The Coyotes host Groton Monday at 7 p.m.

SEASON PREVIEW
Candor went 15-7 last season, ending its season in a heartbreaking 43-41 loss to Newfield in the Section IV Class C quarterfinals. The Coyotes are hoping to go further into the postseason this time and have the weapons to do just that.

In addition to Jadon Heidl, Candor has a trio of 6-footers returning in Foster, a sophomore, and seniors Tra Payne and Cam Cody. Also back is 5-10 senior Teribury.

Newcomers include 6-foot junior Jason Jantz, 5-10 junior Carson Heidl, 5-9 junior Cam Sinn, 6-3 sophomore Huizinga and 6-foot freshman Donald Makie.

Graduation losses included Zeb Soper, Lucas Heidl, Cooper Thayer, David Vega and Jacob Banks.

Candor could see some stiff challenges from Elmira Notre Dame, Union Springs, Newfield, Tioga and Moravia. Moravia is the defending sectional champion and a state semifinalist.

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IN PHOTO: Candor's Jakobe Foster. ... TCSR STOCK PHOTO.

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