With Elmira Notre Dame’s all-time leading scorer lost to graduation, the Crusader boys basketball team turned to its youth in Tuesday’s season opener in Southport.
Freshman Ben Cook had a double-double in his debut, scoring 14 points and grabbing 11 rebounds to lead the Crusaders to a 54-42 victory over Odessa-Montour in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference matchup.
“He was pretty impressive against a pretty tough kid,” Notre Dame head coach Bill Hopkins said. “We are a very young team and I was happy with our performance.”
Juniors Pat Brown and Derrick Stark added 11 and seven points, respectively. The Crusaders, who led 30-25 at the half, pulled away with a 13-4 third quarter run to extend their lead to 43-29.
Darius Garvin, a three-time all-state selection who closed his Crusader career with 1,390 points, has moved on to Daemen College. He was last year’s IAC Most Valuable Player.
This year’s Crusader team has just one senior in its starting five.
“Anytime you lose an all-state player, you are going to be searching around for answers from some very young sources,” Hopkins said, “This year is going to be a little bit of a transitional year. A little Darius Garvin hangover.”
Watkins Glen 50, Candor 29: The 2014-15 IAC Large School champion Senecas opened its season with a dominant win at home.
Watkins Glen led 24-8 at the half, holding the Indians to four points in each of the first two quarters. Justin Kelly led the Senecas with 15 points. Michael Doane added nine on three, three-pointers.Wyatt Whitmore scored seven points to lead Candor (0-2).
Notre Dame 58, Odessa-Montour 29: Three Crusaders scored in double digits, led by Mary Foster’s 15-point game in a season opening IAC win at Odessa-Montour for first-year girls coach Mike D’Aloisio.
After leading by 10 points (28-18) at the half, the Crusaders pulled away with a 30-11 run in the second half. Alivia Clark added 12 points and Mackenzie Maloney 11 for Notre Dame. Olivia Grover, who was 6-for-7 at the line, paced the Indians with nine points.
D’Aloisio had a successful run as Notre Dame’s boys head basketball coach, winning more than 250 games and three sectional titles. He also was a coach on the 1978 team that won the state Class A basketball title.
Watkins Glen 57, Candor 41: At Candor, Amanda Pike scored 25 points to lead the Senecas to a season opening IAC win.
Watkins Glen held the Indians to 15 points through the first two quarters, leading 26-15 at the half. Pike had five three-point and led all scorers. Mariah Gonzalez added 11 points for the Senecas while Sierra Jones had 14 points to lead Candor.
Odessa-Montour 60, Thomas A. Edison 6: At Edison,the Indians recordedseven pins on their way to an IAC win.Pins were made by Andrew Hartford at 113 pounds, Collin Haag (126), Chad Nelson (138), Jerimiah Lynch (145), Daniel Minnier (152), John Kuparinen (160) and Shawn Minnier at 182.
Michael Condon, at 132 pounds, won by forfeit for the Spartans.
Waverly 4, Notre Dame 0:At Rossi Lanes, Waverly’s Tim Woodcock rolled a 632 and Nick Briggs a 600 in an IAC win.
Waverly 4, Notre Dame 0:At Rossi Lanes, Waverly’s Cassie Bowman had a 543 series in an IAC win. Abigail Connoly bowled a 427 for the Crusaders.
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