Chandler Benson had 24 points in less than three quarters of action to lead the Moravia boys’ basketball team to a convincing 85-42 victory over Newark Valley in the opening round of the Fred Caliel Tournament Friday at Lansing.
The Blue Devils (6-0) will take on the winner of Friday’s late game, between the host Bobcats and Trumansburg, in today’s 6 p.m. championship game. The Cardinals (2-4) will play in the consolation game at 4.
Moravia, ranked second in the state in Class C, was never threatened as it led 26-9 after one quarter and 53-25 at halftime. A 25-6 third quarter, fueled by Benson’s 12 points in the period, had the Blue Devils ahead, 78-31, heading into the final quarter.
Brett Copes led the Cardinals with 21 points.
Waverly 58, Spencer-Van Etten 46: At Waverly, Dylan Perry scored 8 of his 11 points in the fourth quarter as the Wolverines topped the Panthers in the first round of the Waverly Christmas Tournament. Hunter Bodine had a team-high 13 points for Waverly (5-3) and Peyton Miller added 10.
The Wolverines hit eight 3-pointers, went eight of 10 from the foul line and outscored Spencer-Van Etten 33-19 in the second half. Derek Carman led S-VE with a game-high 15 points.
Waverly advances to Sunday’s championship game and will play the winner of Friday’s Owego-Wyalusing game. S-VE will play the loser in Saturday’s consolation round.
Southern Cayuga 52, Unio
n Springs 46: Sydney Cullen led all scorers with 16 points and Alex Hetherington added 11 as the Chiefs scored a victory in the opening round of the Cayuga County Christmas Tournament on Thursday night at Cayuga Community College.
The Chiefs (7-1) advanced to play Weedsport in the championship, which was slated for 7 p.m. Friday.
Waverly 49, Tioga 33: At the Waverly Christmas Tournament, the host Wolverines improved to 7-0 with a victory over Tioga.
The Wolverines will play either Corning or Wyalusing in the championship game at 5 p.m. Sunday.