It was a good barometer for the Lansing boys basketball team, and the take-away for head coach Adam Heck: His Bobcats still have some work to do.
Lansing took on visiting Moravia Wednesday night in the long-awaited finale of the Fred Caliel Tournament, which was delayed twice due to the recent wintry weather. It was a battle of unbeatens, and the Blue Devils remained that way after a decisive 68-51 victory.
“Moravia has been one of stronger teams in our league and in the section,” Heck said Thursday. “If we want to get there, we need to learn from that game. It was a good measuring stick for us, and it showed us some of the things we need to work on. I thought they exposed us in several areas; they were really good at finding the open man before we could as a defense. We didn’t do a good job of locating the shooters.”
Forward Dylan Powers led all scorers with 22 points, with six of his eight baskets 3-pointers, for the Blue Devils (7-0). Chandler Benson, Moravia’s 6-7 junior center, added 11 points and 11 of the team’s 12 blocked shots.
“Not only did he block a lot of shots, he really disrupted us,” Heck said. “He threw our timing off, he’s just a very good defensive presence inside. And we didn’t do a great job of changing our post moves, we need to be a little more versatile in the post.”
Ellington Hopkins scored 17 points for Lansing (7-1), while Ben Rourke added 16 and Nate McIntosh 11.
The Bobcats host Whitney Point next; that game has been moved from Friday night to Saturday morning (11 a.m. JV start) due to a gym conflict at Lansing. The conflict was created partially by the delays in finishing the Caliel tournament, Heck said.
Boys games Friday night in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference include Marathon (3-4) at Groton (3-4), Southern Cayuga (3-4) at Moravia, Dryden (4-3) at Union Springs (2-6), Watkins Glen (7-1) at Notre Dame (6-0), Newark Valley (1-6) at Waverly (4-3), Newfield (4-5) at Edison (1-7), Odessa-Montour (6-1) at Tioga (0-7) and Candor (3-4) at Spencer-Van Etten (5-4).
Trumansburg has a bye this week. Athletic Director Matt Taves announced this week that the Blue Raiders (0-8), who lost to Moravia in the opening round of the Fred Caliel Tournament, will host Newark Valley at 5:30 p.m. (JV) on Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the rescheduled Caliel consolation game. The Cardinals lost to host Lansing in the opening round last Friday.
On the IAC girls side, Friday’s slate includes: Groton (4-2) at Marathon (2-5), Moravia (5-1) at Southern Cayuga (4-4), Union Springs (3-5) at Dryden (1-5), Lansing (6-1) at Whitney Point (3-3), Notre Dame (6-2) at Watkins Glen (4-3), Waverly (6-0) at Newark Valley (0-7), Edison (3-5) at Newfield (7-1), O-M (1-7) at Tioga (4-3) and S-VE (2-4) at Candor (3-4).
Newfield’s girls defeated Watkins Glen, 54-28, last week in the opening round of the Melissa B. Wilson Tournament at the Glen. The championship game was scrapped due to the weather.
Both Ithaca High teams take on Elmira Friday night in Southern Tier Athletic Conference action. The Little Red boys (1-4 overall, 1-1 STAC West) host the first-place Express (5-3, 3-0) at Bliss Gym in a 5:30 p.m. JV tip-off. The Ithaca girls (3-4, 1-1) travel to last-place Elmira (1-4, 0-2).