CORNING - Ithaca used a strong third quarter run and fourth quarter to top Corning 53-40 Friday in a Southern Tier Athletic Conference boys basketball contest.


“We’re struggling at the offensive end, but give Ithaca credit,” Corning head coach Mike Johnston said. “Everything we shot was contested. I really like this team. I think we play really hard and I appreciate that.”


With Corning holding a 31-27 advantage with four minutes left in the third quarter after an Aidan Chamberlin basket, the Little Red went on an 11-0 run to end the frame powered by seven points from Ja’Lyn Griffin.


Griffin led the Little Red with 16 points that included 11 in the second half.


The Little Red continued their strong play in the final eight minutes, outscoring the Hawks 13-9 and extending their lead to as many as 15 points.


Geoffery Clark and Keif Timmons had four points a piece in the fourth quarter for Ithaca to help it maintain the lead.


“We didn’t get a lot of easy transition baskets in the second half,” said Johnston. “We were forced to get to the rim. They are very athletic. Our kids played hard.”


Corning led 26-20 at halftime powered by 11 points from Landen Burch and six points from Nesu Maphosa.


The Hawks went on an 11-0 run to close the second quarter after falling down 19-12 to start the frame.


“We have some fight in us, the kids have grit,” Johnston said. “Sometimes you have to remember that six of them are ninth and 10th graders.”


Burch led the Hawks with 11 points and seven rebounds while Justin Rodriguez, Maphosa, and Alex Boychuck contributed six points.


Ithaca improves to 8-6 with the win while Corning falls to 4-11.