ELMIRA - Elmira used a strong second quarter to top Corning 65-38 Tuesday in a Southern Tier Athletic Conference basketball game.
"We played Elmira basketball," Elmira head coach Ryan Johnson said. "Thats how we teach it, that’s how we’ve done it since day one. Our kids played with desire and passion tonight."
The Express got out to a strong start to the contest with an 11-0 run out of the gate powered by six points from Devin Dennard.
Corning battled back and closed the first on a 11-4 run to cut the deficit to 15-11 after eight minutes. The Hawks came out with five-straight points with two from Landen Burch and three from Jackson Casey in the second quarter to take their only lead of the game at 16-15.
Elmira followed that spurt from Corning with a run of its own to close the quarter led by seven more points from Dennard. The Express defense forced 10 Hawks turnovers in the second quarter that led to a 35-21 lead at halftime and never looked back.
"We exerted a lot of energy early," Johnson said. "I always felt like we had the momentum form the get-go. We knew it was going to be a grind all night long."
Dennard netted 24 points in the contest, his sixth straight game scoring 20-plus points.
"We ask him to do an awful lot," said Johnson of Dennard. "He’s guarding the best kid. He rebounds and active on defense. It’s no secret he’s the focal point of our offense. It’s also about our guys making good passes to get him in position to score. He’s been phenomenal for us."
Dennard netted his final 12 points in the second half as Elmira outscored Corning 30-17 in the final 16 minutes.
Trey Hawken also contributed 11 points for Elmira.
Landen Burch had 10 points to lead the Hawks, Jackson Casey added nine points and Justin Rodriguez posted eight points.
The Hawks outscored the Express 13-12 in the third quarter, but were outscored 18-4 in the final frame.
Elmira improves to 6-8 with the win while Corning falls to 4-10.