BATH — Hammondsport rode a big fourth quarter to a 64-60 win over Jasper-Troupsburg in the title game of the Steuben County boys basketball tournament Wednesday at Bath Haverling High School.
The Lakers trailed for all of the second half, until Jordan Schuck knocked down back-to-back field goals to give Hammondsport a 57-55 lead with 2:40 to play. From there, the Lakers kept the Wildcats at bay with a badgering defense and timely free throws to win the school’s first SCAA title in 33 years.
“Our effort was unbelievable,” Hammondsport head coach Jon Lowin said. “Our guys came into this game with an underdog mentality. No one thought we could win.
“That was fine with us. We knew we could. We knew we were better than the last time we played them.”
Hammondsport led 15-13 after the opening quarter led by a pair of 3-pointers from Schuck and another from Ethan Bower. Jasper-Troupsburg countered with two threes from Dylan Price and one from Dalton Cady.
In the second quarter, Price hit another two 3-pointers as the Wildcats built a 27-19 lead, before Hammondsport chipped away with inside buckets from Trenton Kolo, who scored six points to pull the Lakers within one of the lead, before Tyler VanSkiver netted a 3-pointer before the halftime buzzer.
The two teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter as the Wildcats never led by more than three points. A 3-pointer from Aaron Lowin tied the score 49-49 with 28 seconds left, before VanSkiver dropped in another basket before the horn sounded.
Schuck, who scored 21 points for the Lakers, gave Hammondsport the lead as the fourth quarter winded down. He finished the quarter with eight points. Kolo led the Lakers with 25 points, including eight points in the third quarter and two key rebounds late in the contest.
Jasper-Troupsburg was led by 25 points from Price, 12 from Bryan Guild and 11 points from VanSkiver, but the Wildcats could not connect on several three attempts in the final quarter.
“We didn’t shoot the ball well at all,” J-T head coach Tom Price said. “We didn’t play well. I thought we were tentative the whole second half.”
Swimming Section IV, Class A prelims
CORNING — Horseheads’ 200-yard medley relay team qualified for states in Wednesday’s Section IV, Class A swimming preliminaries.
The team of Kenyon Winkky, Patrick Leslie, Chris Bankaitis and Zane Elsisi clocked in at 1:40.67 to reach the state time and beat Ithaca’s second-place team by a half second. Leslie also won the 100 and 200 freestyle events for the Blue Raiders. Corning was led by Devin Li’s win in the 200 individual medley by 1.3 seconds against Ithaca’s Andrew Mikhailichenko.
The Section IV, Class A diving meet will be held Friday in Waverly, and the swimming portion will be held Saturday at Owego Free Academy.
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BATH — Isaiah King’s 16 points led Prattsburgh to a win against Campbell-Savona, and a third-place finish in the SCAA boys basketball tournament.
King had seven assists and six rebounds to round out his game for the Vikings (8-10), while Kyle Putnam had 11 points and Cameron Baird chipped in six points to go along with eight rebounds. Campbell-Savona was led by Troy Robbins’ 12 points, D.J. Loucks had 11 points and eight rebounds and Nick Cantineri scored nine points.
Both teams will await sectional seedings, which are scheduled to be released Saturday.