Elmira held off a late Ithaca charge to win, 72-63, in Southern Tier Athletic Conference West boys’ basketball Friday night at Elmira High.
The Express led 58-41 with 7 minutes, 19 seconds left to play as 6-foot-7 inch freshman Dan Fedor put in two baskets to start the fourth quarter.
Caleb Klausner, Sammy Meminger and Jelani Fontanez each sank two free throws each for the Little Red, then Fontanez converted on a three-point play to make it 58-49 with 5:44 remaining.
Ithaca trailed 60-49 with 4:20 to go before it went on a 12-2 run to cut the deficit to 63-61 with 58 seconds on the clock.
Tyler Moffe fed Calvin Blish down low, Blish scored and was fouled en route to a three-point play that turned the momentum back in Elmira’s favor.
Moffe finished with a game-high 19 points. Zach Savage contributed 18 points, DeShaun Sutton 14 and Fedor 13.
For Ithaca (7-7, 5-6 STAC), Fontanez and Meminger had 11 points each and Steven Stage 10.
Newfield 69, Tioga 39: On Friday at Tioga Center, Brian Barrett and Devin Cooper had 17 points apiece to lead the Trojans (14-0 overall, 11-0 IAC), No. 7 in the state Class C rankings, to an Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory over the Tigers (4-10, 4-7).
The Trojans led by 11 at halftime and doubled their lead with a 20-9 third quarter. Dekhari Stewart added 16 points for Newfield, while John Dougherty led Tioga with 11.
Watkins Glen 64, Spencer-Van Etten 24: At Spencer-Van Etten, the 14th-ranked Senecas improved to 11-0 (10-0 IAC) with the victory.
Matt Estes led Watkins Glen with 18 points, while Keith Rekczis and Joe Palumbo added nine points apiece. Luke Flahive contributed seven steals and 13 assists.
Ithaca 41, Elmira 31: On Saturday at Bliss Gym, the Little Red grabbed a 10-point halftime lead and made it stand up in defeating the Express.
Tatiana Minnick scored 13 points and Siarra Hicks added 11 for Ithaca, which led 23-13 at halftime.
Zaria Thomas led the Express with 10 points, including both of her team’s 3-pointers. Elmira outscored Ithaca 7-2 in the third quarter to cut the deficit to five before Ithaca pulled away in the fourth.
Trumansburg 48, Newark Valley 33: On Saturday at Newark Valley, Anna Shelley had 15 points and Chloe Mount 13 to lead the visiting Blue Raiders (4-11, 3-9). Molly Graves had 11 points for the Cardinals (2-12).
Newfield 59, Tioga 37: On Friday at Newfield, Mariyah Byrd erupted for 29 points, including three 3-pointers and 6-for-6 foul shooting, to lead the Trojans (11-4, 10-4) past the Tigers (2-12, 1-11). Sierra Henry chipped in 13 points for the winners; Kaitlyn Stubbs led Tioga with 14 points.
Moravia 63, Marathon 29: On Friday at Marathon, Maddie Genson led a balanced attack with 14 points — including four of her team’s six 3-pointers — as the Blue Devils (11-4, 10-2) cruised past the Olympians (2-10, 2-8).
Marissa Hingston had 13 points, Hannah Bennink added 12 and Zoe Barrington had 11 for the winners, while Megan Contri led all scorers with 16 points for Marathon.
Watkins Glen 42, Spencer-Van Etten 32: At Spencer-Van Etten, Amanda Pike scored 25 points to lead the Senecas to an Interscholastic Athletic Conference win. Pike had five three-pointers in the game. Watkins Glen led 22-6 at the half.
So. Cayuga 57, Union Springs 38: At Poplar Ridge, Alex Hetherington had a game-high 17 points and Emily Kopp chipped in 14 for the Chiefs, who outscored the Wolves 33-16 over the middle two quarters to take charge. Amanda Albino had 10 points for US.
Ithaca 4, Pittsford 3: On Saturday at RIT, team captain Nate Walker scored twice in just over 21/2 minutes late in the second period to spark the Little Red (7-9) past sixth-ranked Pittsford (10-4-2).
Sam Roach scored the eventual game-winning goal, his first goal of the season, at 1:15 of the third period to give Ithaca a 4-2 lead. Jaeyoon Kim also scored for Ithaca, his goal coming in between Walker’s two.
Griffin Varricchio made 33 saves for Ithaca, which was outshot 36-16. The Little Red hosts Cortland-Homer for Senior Night at 8 p.m. Thursday at The Rink in Lansing.
STAC Championships: On Saturday at Johnson City, Norwich edged Vestal 197.5 to 185.5 to win the team title for the first time in nearly 25 years.
The Purple Tornado rode the individual titles of three wrestlers to their first title since 1991, according to Coach Terry Hagenbuch. Senior Tristan Rifanburg (145) won his fifth title and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler; also winning titles were Frank Garcia (152) and Dalen Geislinger (113).
Ithaca finished last in the 16-team tournament; it was without all-state senior Richie Burke, who was injured in a dual match last month and was held out of the competition by Coach Eric Parker. Burke will compete in the Section 4 tournament this weekend, Parker said.
IAC Championships: On Saturday at Watkins Glen, Newark Valley won the team title with 210.5 points, topping a 15-team field that included runner-up Watkins Glen (186.5).
Lansing placed seventh with 83 points and had an individual champion in Jimmy Overhiser, who defeated Odessa-Montour’s Joe Rorick, 16-6, in the 120-pound final.
Dryden was 10th and had a champion in Chad Adams at 220 pounds, and Groton took 11th and had a winner in Garrett Lockwood, who defeated Lansing’s Hunter Oblinski, 11-3, to win the title at 113.