Valley Sports Report
DRYDEN - Dryden built a 21-point lead early in the fourth quarter, then staved off a furious Waverly rally in a 57-48 win here Friday night in IAC Large School boys basketball action.
"We didn't play well for about three quarters tonight, we were really flat," said Waverly coach Lou Judson. "We didn't have the same energy we had against Lansing (Tuesday)"
"But we turned it up in the fourth quarter," he added. "The kids kept playing hard all the way to the buzzer. I'm proud of them, they found a way to give themselves a chance to get back into the game, and almost found a way to win."
The absence of 6-8 standout Scott Woodring also played a part.
"We didn't have an answer for their 6-6 center (Kevin Gesin)," said Judson. "Every time we made a run, he would get the ball on a post-up or score on an offensive putback. We're just kind of small right now, it really hurt us."
Gesin ended the game with 22 points and 15 rebounds for the Purple Lions.
Michael Yuz'vek scored six points, and Brandon Madigan added five points to help the Purple Lions to a 19-12 first-quarter lead.
Keegan Gesin scored six points in the second quarter, and Madigan and Kevin Gardner each added 3-pointers as Dryden stretched its lead 34-19 at the half. Senior Dylan Ward kept Waverly in the game in the first half with 10 points.
Gesin scored six more points in the third quarter, and Yuz'vek canned a 3-pointer as Dryden stretched its lead to 18 points, at 47-29, entering the final eight minutes.
The Lions scored the first two buckets of the fourth quarter to take a 51-29 lead, but Ward took over the game, scoring 15 points to help the Wolverines pull within seven points with 1 1/2 minutes left.
"Down 7 we got a steal, we just didn't get a good shot off," said Judson. "We played well late in the game."
The Wolverines, who missed three key free throws in the fourth quarter made just 5 of 15 attempts (33 percent) from the line in the game. The Wolverines also shot 31 percent (21 of 65) from the field, including a 1-for-17 effort from 3-point range.
Ward pumped in a game-high 28 points, hauled down 16 rebounds, and blocked one shot to lead Waverly, while freshman Caden Hollywood had seven points, five assists, four rebounds, and one blocked shot, sophomore Ryan Lambert added five points and four rebounds, junior Jalen McCarty chipped in with four points and five steals, sophomore Ryan Bowen grabbed five boards, and sophomore Kobe Decker had four rebounds.
Yuz'vek and Madigan added 11 points apiece for Dryden.
Waverly, now 5-6, travels to Newark Valley Tuesday.
IN PHOTO: Waverly's Dylan Ward.
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