The Ithaca High boys basketball team will hope to ride the momentum gained from its second victory of the season into Tuesday night’s Southern Tier Athletic Conference West Division game at Corning. The evening will begin with the JV game at 5:30 p.m.
The Little Red (2-6, 1-2 STAC West) is tied with the Hawks (2-8, 1-2) for second in the division behind Elmira (6-4, 4-0). First-year coach Jobe Zulu’s Ithaca squad held off Vestal on Friday in Ithaca, 57-56, to snap a five-game losing streak. It was the Little Red’s first win since a 49-44 defeat of Corning in its home opener on Dec. 12.
Bruce Greene scored 17 points, Jaedon Henderson added 12 and Jordan Hackworth chipped in 10 in the victory. Ithaca remains on the road Friday, traveling to Union-Endicott.
In the Interscholastic Athletic Conference, Large North co-leader Lansing (9-2 overall, 3-1) has a bye Tuesday night following its 62-59 home defeat of rival Dryden on Friday. The Bobcats were led by senior Ellington Hopkins, who scored 17 points and help ice the game with a steal in the final seconds with Lansing clinging to a three-point lead. Greg Lehr sealed the game with a pair of free throws following Hopkins’ steal.
Nate McIntosh added 11 points, including three of Lansing’s five 3-pointers.
Ali Abel-Ferretti led the Purple Lions (6-4, 2-2) with 17 points, including three 3-pointers.
Dryden trailed by 12 points with three minutes to play before staging a furious comeback to pull to within three in the final minute.
“It was a great high school basketball game, and a good team win,” said Lansing coach Adam Heck, whose team is in action Friday at Southern Cayuga.
The other division co-leader, Whitney Point (8-2, 3-1) plays host on Tuesday to Union Springs (3-8, 0-5 Small North) in a nonconference game. Other matchups in the North include Southern Cayuga (4-6) at Marathon (5-5), Trumansburg (0-10) at Groton (3-7), Dryden at Moravia (9-0, 5-0 Small North).
In the South, matchups include Tioga (0-10) at Newark Valley (1-9), Edison (3-8) at Notre Dame (10-0), Spencer-Van Etten (6-6) at Watkins Glen (9-2), Waverly (7-3) at Odessa-Montour (9-2) and Newfield (6-6) at Candor (3-7).
On the girls’ side, Small South Division co-leader Newfield (8-3, 5-1) plays host to Candor (4-6, 3-3) while the other division front-runner, Tioga (7-3, 5-1), hosts Newark Valley (1-9, 0-3) in a nonconference clash. The Trojan girls have dropped two in a row, including last Friday’s 51-44 nonconference loss at Waverly. Newfield also lost last week to Tioga, 50-47.
The rest of Tuesday’s South girls’ action features Notre Dame (9-2) at Edison (5-6), Watkins Glen (5-5) at S-VE (2-7) and O-M (1-10) at Waverly (9-0).
In the North, matchups include Marathon (2-7) at Southern Cayuga (5-6), Groton (6-2) at T-burg (3-5), Moravia (6-2) at Dryden (2-5) and Whitney Point (3-7) at Union Springs (3-6).
The Ithaca High girls (4-5, 2-1 STAC West) will host Corning (1-8, 1-2) on Wednesday in a 5:30 p.m. JV start.