IAC BOYS BASKETBALL: NEWARK VALLEY DOWNS WHITNEY POINT, REMAINS PLAYOFF HOPEFUL
(2024-02-06)Tioga County Sports Report
WHITNEY POINT — Four players scored in double figures and Newark Valley knocked down eight 3-pointers to defeat Whitney Point, 71-62, in IAC Large School boys basketball action Tuesday.
“That offensive output was a difference maker,” NV coach Scott Stratton said.
The Cardinals started the game by grabbing a 24-20 first-quarter lead on the strength of five 3-pointers, three from Cooper Davis and one each by Anthony Dougher and Danny Pirger.
They outscored the Point by two in the second period to grab a 36-30 lead at intermission.
Davis and Pirger added one trey each in the third quarter to help make it a 54-45 contest heading into the final frame.
Pirger was clutch at the free throw line down the stretch, going 8-for-10.
In addition to the eight threes, Newark Valley made 19 of its 30 free throw attempts while the Eagles went 7-for-19.
Pirger finished with a team-high 20 points while Davis pumped out 17.
“Pirger added six boards to go with his 20-point night,” Stratton said. “He controlled the game for us, especially late in the game with pressure staring us in the face and key guys on the bench fouled out. He hit some big shots and made free throws down the stretch. It's what you need out of your senior captain guard, and he helped deliver a much-needed win for us.
“Cooper has made 10 of his 29 3-pointers this season against Whitney Point. It's his second 17-point night, a tie of his previous career high — which was against Whitney Point.”
Dougher and Truesdail scored 15 apiece, Tim Wojtysiak had three and Ashton Slavik tacked on a free throw.
“Anthony Dougher fouled out midway through the fourth quarter but finished with a double-double,” Stratton said. “He had 10 rebounds to go with his 15-point night.
“Truesdail only played about half the game, mostly in the first half. He was plagued with foul trouble and fouled out half-way through the fourth quarter. He finished with seven rebounds.”
The Point’s Owen Standish-Warpus led all scorers with 30 points while Garrett Priscott added 17.
“We tried to do our best to clamp down on Owen Standish-Warpus and Garrett Priscott in the second half,” Stratton said. “We really focused our defensive efforts on them. It worked well enough that I would call it a success.
“Shout out to Tim Wojtysiak, whose defensive effort helped hold Priscott to just six points in the second half. Priscott finished the first meeting between us with 25. Tonight he only had 17.”
NV needs to win one of its final three games to qualify for the postseason. Next up is Trumansburg, ranked 13th in Class B, on the road Friday.