Moravia rallied from a five-point halftime deficit and held on to defeat host Dryden, 50-48, in Interscholastic Athletic Conference boys basketball action Tuesday night.
The Blue Devils improved to 2-0 on the season, while the Purple Lions fell to 1-2.
Six-foot-7 junior center Chandler Benson led the winners with a game-high 18 points, while Dylan Powers added 13. Gage Ellis had 14 points and Bryant Stuttle 13 for Dryden, which trailed by one after one quarter and took a one-point lead into the fourth.
Turnovers plagued the home team, coach Kim Brown said.
“We have to do a better job of taking care of the basketball,” he said. “Empty possessions are hurting us right now.”
Dryden, which led 28-23 at halftime, had a chance at a winning 3-pointer in the closing seconds. Jared Lyons hit a 3-pointer late in the fourth to give Moravia its first lead since the first quarter, then Benson scored to put the visitors up by three.
After a Dryden miss, Powers was fouled but missed the front end of a one-and-one, and Ellis scored at the other end to cut the Lions’ deficit to one. Powers was fouled again, and this time made the front end of the one-and-one but missed the second to make it 50-48.
Dryden got the ball with 30 seconds to play and, after Moravia knocked the ball out of bounds, the Lions called a timeout with seven seconds left. Ellis got an open look in the waning seconds, but the 3-pointer was off the mark and Moravia rebounded as the horn sounded.
“We got a clean look,” Brown said. “That’s all we can ask for.”
Dryden is off until Dec. 14, when it hosts Southern Cayuga. Moravia travels to Marathon on Friday.
* Watkins Glen 72, Newfield 51: Four Watkins Glen players scored in double figures against visiting Newfield.
Jesse Teeter led the Senecas (1-1) with 19 points. Kody Gregory added 17 points, with 11 of them coming in the first quarter.
Also for Watkins Glen, Josh Teeter and Brady Myers collected 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Alex Fuller scored 14 points for Newfield (2-1).
* Groton 73, Trumansburg 48: The Blue Raiders, who dressed just six players, fell to 0-2 with the 25-point home loss. Groton improved to 2-1.
* Waverly 59, Candor 37: Patrick Bronson’s 25 points helped Waverly win big at Candor.
Dylan Perry added 10 points for the Wolverines (1-1).
Dylan Anderson scored 11 points for Candor (1-2).
* Odessa-Montour 55, Edison 45: Morgan Shutter poured in 37 points to lead Odessa-Montour past visiting Edison.
Ryan Gardner contributed 10 for the Indians (3-0).
Edison (0-2) got 19 points from Austin Merritt.
* Newfield 55, Watkins Glen 31: Newfield trailed by two points after the first quarter but outscored the Senecas, 46-20, the rest of the way to improve to 3-0.
Erica Carney led all scorers with 14 points for the winners, while Kiersten Sinn added eight. Amanda Cherock and Amanda Pike collected eight points apiece for Watkins Glen (1-1), which led after the first quarter, 11-9.
The Trojans host Spencer-Van Etten on Friday, while the Senecas host Waverly.
* Moravia 46, Dryden 25: Emily Nemec led a balanced Blue Devils attack with 12 points, while Makenna Benson added eight. Moravia (2-0) outscored Dryden, 26-9, in the second half to pull away.
Dryden (0-3) was led by Vicky Leyburn’s eight points.
* Groton 52, Trumansburg 32: In a nondivisional clash at Groton, the Indians improved to 3-0, while the Blue Raiders dropped to 1-2.
* Edison 60, O-M 36: In Elmira Heights, Nicole Bargesser scored 16 points and Paige Tompkins added 13 to lead Edison past Odessa-Montour.
Edison (1-2) outscored the Indians 19-3 in the pivotal second quarter. Morgan Stermer had 14 points for Odessa-Montour (0-3).
* Notre Dame 58, Tioga 32: Olivia May’s 18 points paced Notre Dame at Tioga.
Sheridan Heine added 11 points for the Crusaders (2-0).
* Waverly 53, Candor 33: Sabrina Bowman scored 18 of her game-high 20 points in the first half for Waverly.
Reylyn Schwartzhoff added 14 points for the Wolverines (2-0), who led 16-5 after the first quarter.
Sierra Szwec finished with 13 points for host Candor (1-2).