Jaime Curtis scored 12 of his game-high 23 points in the first quarter as Binghamton got off to a quick start and never looked back, beating visiting Ithaca, 70-27, Friday night in a Southern Tier Athletic Conference boys basketball game.
The Patriots (5-1) outscored the Little Red 17-4 in the first and were never threatened. KJ Rose was able to get into the lane, and when the defense collapsed on him, he found teammates for open shots from the outside.
Curtis was especially effective from long range, hitting five 3-pointers in the game.
Rose finished with 15 for the Patriots.
Dominique Stevenson and Dondre Sweat both had six to lead the Little Red, which is off till Jan. 4, when it travels to Elmira.
* Dryden 73, Trumansburg 18: Gage Ellis scored 19 points and pulled down six rebounds as the Purple Lions (3-2 overall, 2-1 IAC North Large) overwhelmed the winless Blue Raiders.
Bryan Norman and Dylan Clapp added 11 points apiece for the winners, who took advantage of high-pressure defense to get plenty of easy baskets, including two dunks by Ellis in the first quarter en route to a 19-2 lead after one period. Dryden led, 38-3, at halftime and 59-10 heading into the fourth quarter.
“I was very happy with our man-to-man defense,” Dryden coach Kim Brown said. “We put pressure on the ball, denied passing lanes and played helpside.”
Dryden takes on Marathon on Wednesday in the opening round of the Cortland Holiday tournament. Trumansburg will play Moravia at 5 p.m. Thursday in the opening round of the Fred Caliel Tournament in Lansing, which will be followed by the host Bobcats (6-0) facing Newark Valley at 7.
* Notre Dame 76, Candor 41: Darius Garvin led a balanced Crusaders attack with 15 points as Notre Dame remained undefeated (5-0) by beating the Indians (3-4). A 25-5 third-quarter scoring edge propelled the home team to victory.
Kevin Jensen had 15 points for Candor, which is off till it travels to Spencer-Van Etten on Friday, Jan. 4.
* Watkins Glen 50, Edison 34: The Senecas (5-1) pulled away in the second half to defeat the host Spartans (1-5). Brady Myers scored 15 points, including 6-of-7 foul shooting, for the winners. Austin Merritt scored 11 points, including three 3-pointers, to lead Edison.
* Whitney Point 91, Groton 45: The Eagles (5-2) overwhelmed the visiting Indians right from the start, outscoring Groton 39-11 in the first quarter and rolling to victory. Austin Standish-Warpus led all scorers with 28 points for Point, while Chris Ellerson added 12 points on four 3-point field goals.
Donnie Evener (9 points) and Zeke Wright (8) paced Groton (3-4).
* O-M 59, S-VE 56: The Indians rebounded from their first loss of the season to edge the Panthers in a battle of the top two teams in the IAC South Small Division.
Morgan Shutter scored 22 points for the Indians, who improved to 6-1 overall and 5-0 in the IAC. O-M was coming off a 73-29 loss to Watkins Glen on Tuesday.
Spencer-Van Etten fell to 5-2 (3-2 IAC), with both losses coming to O-M. Derek Carman led the Panthers with 25 points.
* Binghamton 54, Ithaca 31: Olivia Ramil dominated the low post, scoring 22 points to lead Binghamton past Ithaca (3-4).
The Patriots led by five at halftime, but outscored the Little Red 20-4 in the third quarter to break the game open.
Caity Kuhnen added 11 points for Binghamton. Holly Mason had nine points and seven rebounds for Ithaca, which is off till Jan. 4, when the Little Red travels to Elmira.
* Notre Dame 47, Candor 34: Rebecca Watts scored 10 points for Notre Dame in an IAC win at Candor on Friday. Sheridan Heine and Olivia May added nine points apiece for the Crusaders (5-1).
* Watkins Glen 52, Edison 44: Amanda Pike poured in 31 points to lead Watkins Glen (4-2) to a home win Friday against IAC foe Edison.
Katelyn Warren led Edison (2-5) with 12 points.