Senior Bryan Norman scored a game-high 23 points, while holding Moravia star Dylan Powers to 11 points, as the host Dryden Purple Lions knocked off the previously undefeated Blue Devils, 67-65, in Interscholastic Athletic Conference action Tuesday night.
Gage Ellis added 18 points, including the game-winning layup off an assist from Norman in the final 15 seconds for Dryden (7-4, 7-3 IAC), which rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit. The winners survived a last-second shot by Moravia (9-1, 9-1 IAC), ranked 12th in this week’s state Class C poll.
Six-foot-5 freshman Ali Abel-Ferretti chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds for Dryden.
Chase Walker led the Blue Devils with 21 points, while 6-7 junior center Chandler Benson added 20.
The Blue Devils led after the first quarter, 21-16, then outscored Dryden by nine in the second quarter to take a 43-29 lead into the intermission. Dryden coach Kim Brown said his team struggled against Moravia’s zone defense in the second eight minutes.
“We started to settle for jumpshots offensively and that hurt us,” he said in an email. “Zones get some players to fall into that false sense of security that a 20- to 25-foot jumpshot is a good look.
“At halftime, I told the guys that they need to find a different mentality when they step inside the lines of the playing court,” Brown said. “We were not aggressive offensively and it showed.”
Led by Norman’s eight points in the quarter, Dryden used a 17-0 run to outscore the Blue Devils in the third, 20-12, to pull to within six points heading into the final period. The Lions took their first lead late in the quarter and, up 65-63 in the final minute, Powers got fouled as he drove to the basket and made both free throws to tie the game.
Dryden called a timeout with 30 seconds to play and drew up the game-winning play, which started with Norman coming off a screen against the Blue Devils zone and finding Ellis along the baseline for a easy layin.
“We had run that set several times during the game and had success with it,” Brown said. “It was nice to have success with it once again during a pressure-packed situation.”
Both teams called a timeout in the final seconds, and the game ended with a well-defended Benson finding Sam Allen along the right wing for a 3-pointer, which fell short. The ball was batted into the right corner as time expired.
“This is a good win for us,” Brown said. “We came off a difficult loss Friday (at 17th-ranked Lansing) in which we played very hard. Hopefully we can build some momentum as we head to the later part of the season.”
Dryden has a bye on Friday, while Moravia hosts Marathon.
* Corning 56, Ithaca 37: The Hawks (3-8, 2-3 STAC West) pulled away in the fourth quarter to defeat the visiting Little Red (2-7, 1-3). Jared Cramer scored 21 points and Patrick Marks scored 18 to lift the winners, who outscored Ithaca 23-11 in the fourth quarter.
Miles Herman scored 10 points and Jaedon Henderson added seven for the Little Red, which travels to Union-Endicott on Friday before returning home a week later to take on Horseheads.
* Newfield 59, Candor 58: The Trojans (7-6, 6-2 IAC Small South) rallied from a five-point deficit after three quarters to defeat the host Indians (3-8, 3-4). Chris Byrd poured in 20 points and Alex Fuller added 17 to lead Newfield, which outscored Candor 18-12 in the final period to secure the win. James Thompson had a game-high 21 points for Candor.
* Groton 57, Trumansburg 55: The Blue Raiders (0-11) took a two-point lead into the fourth quarter but were outscored by the host Indians, 19-15, over the last eight minutes of the non-divisional game. Damian Young had 15 points and Tajz McKnight 14 for Groton (4-7), while Cameron Ludder had 15 points, including three 3-pointers, for Trumansburg, which hosts Whitney Point on Friday.
* Waverly 56, O-M 40: Patrick Raupers scored 20 points and Chris Raupers added 18 as Waverly (8-3) avenged a loss from earlier this season with an IAC road win over South Small School leader Odessa-Montour (9-3). Tom Peckham led O-M (9-3, 7-2) with 12 points.
* Notre Dame 63, Edison 29: Darius Garvin scored 18 of his 24 points in the third quarter to help unbeaten Notre Dame to a non-divisional home win over Edison. The Crusaders (11-0) were without starting senior center Devon Jackson, who was out with an illness.
IAC girls basketball
* Newfield 57, Candor 29: Erica Carney scored 15 points and Rebecca Wood added 12 as the Trojans (8-3, 5-1 IAC Small South) recovered from a slow start to nearly double up the Indians (4-6, 3-3)). Sierra Szwec scored 10 points for Candor, which trailed 5-2 after one quarter before the hosts pulled away. Newfield travels to Watkins Glen on Friday, while Candor hosts Waverly.
* Groton 52, Trumansburg 33: The Indians outscored the Blue Raiders, 27-13, in the middle two quarters to take control and score the IAC North victory. Ruthanne Forehand scored 15 points and Tiffany James 11 for Groton, which heads up the lake Friday to face Union Springs. Anna Shelley had a game-high 19 points for Trumansburg, which travels to Whitney Point on Friday.
* Waverly 73, O-M 23: Sabrina Bowman scored 24 points as Waverly improved to 11-0 with an IAC home win over Odessa-Montour. The Wolverines outscored the Indians in the first quarter, 30-7. Sydney Eberhart and Trisha Williams scored six points apiece to lead O-M.