The road gets no easier for the winless Trumansburg boys basketball team as it travels 42 miles southeast to Whitney Point on Friday night to take on the undefeated Eagles in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large North Division clash.
Coach Damon Reed’s Blue Raiders are 0-2 after Tuesday night’s 73-48 shellacking by Groton at Wes Somerville Gymnasium. Reed’s squad is playing the early portion of its schedule without a half-dozen players due to disciplinary reasons, and dressed six players against the Indians. One of the six was a junior varsity call-up, Reed said Thursday, as one of his eligible Blue Raiders was out sick.
John Cooper led Groton (2-1) with 16 points, while Polish exchange student Sebastian Andrzejkowicz, who starred in goal on the Blue Raiders’ soccer team, scored 12 points in his second basketball game of any kind. “He’s an incredible athlete,” said Reed, the former T-burg and College of Saint Rose star center.
Whitney Point is coming off a 64-33 drubbing of Union Springs on Tuesday, and also has a season-opening 86-53 defeat of Southern Cayuga to its credit. Austin Standish-Warpus had 19 on Tuesday, and Adam Tillotson led the Eagles in their opener last week with 27.
Other North Division boys games on tap include: Moravia (2-0) at Marathon (1-1); Groton (2-1) at Union Springs (1-2); and Southern Cayuga (0-3) at Lansing (2-0). Dryden is off until Dec. 14.
In IAC South boys action, it’s Notre Dame (1-0) at Newark Valley (1-1); Watkins Glen (1-1) at Waverly (1-1); Odessa-Montour (3-0) at Candor (1-1); Newfield (2-1) at Spencer-Van Etten (2-1); and Tioga (0-3) at Edison (0-2).
* IAC girls: Jen Case has the Groton girls off to a 3-0 start this season, including Tuesday’s defeat of Trumansburg. The Indians go for their fourth win of the season Friday night when they host the Wolves of Union Springs (1-2), who are coming off a 44-34 loss at Whitney Point.
After a bye on Tuesday, coach Stu Dean’s Lansing girls will look to make it 3-0 when they head 22 miles up Route 34B to Poplar Ridge to take on Southern Cayuga (1-2). The Bobcats’ last outing was a 42-12 rout of rival Dryden as twin sisters Shea and Maura McCartney had 16 and 10 points, respectively.
Other North Division girls games: Marathon (0-3) at Moravia (2-0); and Whitney Point (1-1) at Trumansburg (1-2). Dryden has a bye.
In the South, Newfield puts its 3-0 record on the line when it takes on Spencer-Van Etten (2-1). The Trojans are coming off of Tuesday’s 55-31 defeat of Watkins Glen, in which it trailed after the first quarter but cruised from there. Erica Carney led all scorers with 14 points for the winners, while Kiersten Sinn added eight.
The Panthers rebounded from last Friday’s loss to Watkins Glen by defeating Newark Valley on Tuesday, 41-29.
Elsewhere in the South, it’s Newark Valley (0-3) at Notre Dame (2-0); Waverly (2-0) at Watkins Glen (1-1); and Candor (1-2) at O-M (0-3).