Dylan Powers scored a game-high 22 points, including a key basket in the final two minutes, as Moravia withstood a late rally by Watkins Glen for a 52-41 victory Saturday in the Section 4 Class C boys basketball final at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.
Jared Lyon added 10 points and Sam Allen came off the bench to chip in nine points – all in the second half – for the Blue Devils (20-2), who captured their third Section 4 title in four years, having won back-to-back championships in 2010-11.
Moravia led nearly the entire game, save for the opening couple of minutes, and led by as many as 12 in the second half before the Senecas (17-3) made it interesting in the closing minutes.
After Allen’s 3-pointer from the left wing put Moravia ahead 44-34 with just under four minutes remaining, Glen’s Kody Gregory responded seconds later with a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 44-37.
Josh Teeter followed with a 12-footer from the baseline and Colin Gates scored on a putback to draw Glen within 44-41 with 2:40 remaining. The Senecas could have drawn closer, but Jesse Teeter missed a breakaway layup off a steal and Gregory missed the follow-up after getting the rebound with about two minutes remaining.
Powers then made a layup with 1:26 left to push Moravia’s lead to 46-41, and the Blue Devils made six free throws in the final 34.4 seconds to seal it.
“Those two layups at the end, it could have been a one-point game,” Glen coach John Fazzary said. “Then the last 1:30 is a whole different ball of wax. They were shots we should have made.
“They fought hard, it’s just disappointing because we had a chance to win our first sectional title since the early 1950s.”
Powers, a senior, had 13 first-quarter points in helping stake Moravia to a 17-6 lead, then the senior guard made a 3-pointer in the final minute of the second quarter as Moravia took a 25-13 halftime lead.
He was quiet offensively the rest of the second half. That is, until his key basket stifled Glen’s late surge.
“Coming out I felt good. My teammates were giving me the ball,” Powers said. “When I got cold, they stepped up. Our team’s tough.”
Moravia coach Todd Mulvaney knew his team was up for a stiff challenge from a Glen squad playing in its first Section 4 title game since 2006, when it lost to Seton Catholic Central in the Class B final.
“I think it’s a credit to the kids that have been here before, mostly talking about Chandler (Benson) and Dylan,” Mulvaney said. “Chandler didn’t do a lot of scoring, but he did a great job of being vocal in timeouts and finding the open guy. And Dylan was just being Dylan, he made some big plays for us. I’m super proud of all of them.”
Gregory, Jesse Teeter and Colin Gates each had nine points apiece to lead the Senecas.