CORNING - Corning held off Owego 41-32 Wednesday in a Southern Tier Athletic Conference boys basketball contest in a tale of two halves.


"We’ve been playing really hard since the Christmas tournament," Corning head coach Mike Johnston said. "Our kids hung in there and got a win against a good team."


The Hawks came out of the gates strong defensively, holding the Indians to just two first quarter points.


Reed Walrath scored three-straight buckets for the Hawks to close the quarter including a twisting layup as time expired for a 12-2 advantage after eight minutes.


Corning upped its lead to 22-6 at halftime after only allowing four points in the quarter. Alex Boychuck and Justin Rodriguez had three points in the frame.


"We were playing with so much intensity on defense," Corning head coach Mike Johnston said. "I was really really pleased with the way we played on defense."


Owego found its offensive in the second half, outscoring Corning 17-5 in the third quarter led by seven points from Joey Higgins and six points from Brendan Evans pulling the Indians to within 27-23.


"They played very hard in the third quarter," said Johnston.


Owego’s strong play culminated with an early fourth-quarter lead, but the Hawks were able to respond.


Justin Rodriguez netted seven of his game-high 17 points for the Hawks in the final frame all on free-throws.


In all, Corning netted 10 of its 15 free-throws in the final quarter.


The Hawks improve to 4-7 with the win and will travel to Johnson City Friday.