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HS BOYS BASKETBALL: OWEGO ROLLS EARLY IN WIN OVER DRYDEN (2023-12-06)

Tioga County Sports Report
DRYDEN — Owego pumped out 29 points in the first quarter and went on to defeat Dryden, 65-49, in non-league boys basketball action Wednesday.

“We came out on fire,” Owego coach Chris Evans said. “Ben Rollison hit three straight threes while (Joseph) Palladino and (Kam) Wicklund also connected in the first quarter.

“Our energy level was strong and we shared the ball. For three quarters we played really well.”

Rollison scored nine points in a 29-13 start while Palladino and Wicklund pitched in with five points apiece. Five other River Hawks contributed points as well.

Owego extended its advantage to 46-27 behind nine points from Riley Loomis.

The River Hawk defense shut down Dryden, 16-4, in the third quarter with five points from Jack Buchsbaum and four from Zach Bensley.

Talan Schumacher drained a 3-pointer in the final frame, Owego’s only points of the final eight minutes.

“We tried some different lineups in the fourth and didn’t run a single set,” Evans said. “All the issues were related to lousy coaching.”

Rollison paced the River Hawks with 12 points while Buchsbaum and Loomis contributed 11 apiece. Bensley added eight, Schumacher and Wicklund scored seven each, Palldino had six and Matt Higgins tacked on three.

The Purple Lions’ Danny Murphy led all scorers with 17 points.

Owego (2-1) hosts Chenango Forks (3-0) Friday at 7:15 p.m. in a rematch of the 2023 Section IV Class B championship game.

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IN PHOTO: Owego’s Ben Rollison. ... TCSR STOCK PHOTO.

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