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By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | February 12, 2021 | Photo courtesy David Alliger


WAVERLY — Waverly beat Candor by 40 points Wednesday, but found themselves in a much tougher ball game Friday, pulling out a 55-51 win in IAC boys junior varsity action.

“We battled major foul trouble all game,” said Waverly coach Michael Croft. “Every time we had lead up to 10 or 12 points,  Candor would make a mini-run.

“And, we missed a bunch of foul shots to extend our lead,” added Croft.

Jay Pipher knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and scored 10 points in the first quarter to help the junior Wolverines to a 14-11 lead.

Isaiah Bretz scored seven points in the second quarter, and Pipher added six points, but Jaiden Heidl, who buried a trio of 3-poiners, and Zeb Soper, combined to score 20 points for the junior Indians, who rallied to tie the game 31-31 at the half.

Pipher scored nine more points in the third quarter, and Nehemiah Anthony added four points, including a 3-pointer to fuel a 15-8 run that gave the Wolverines a 46-39 heading into the final eight minutes.

Waverly’s lead could have been more, but it made just 4 of 9 free throws in the third quarter.

Bretz hit a big 3-pointer for the Wolverines in the fourth quarter, but Candor closed the gap to 53-51 in the final minute.

Waverly missed its first four free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter, but Carter George made a pair of “crucial” free throws with 12 seconds remaining to seal the win.

Pipher led Waverly with 27 points, six steals, three rebounds, and two assists, while Bretz had 12 points and five rebounds, and Nate DeLill added seven points, nine rebounds, and three steals.

Anthony chipped in with four points and three rebounds in the win, while Kayleb Bechy hauled down nine rebounds, George grabbed six boards, and Jacob Benjamin added five rebounds.

Soper led Candor with 21 points, and Heidl added 20 points, including four 3-pointers.

Waverly returns to action Tuesday when it hosts Newark Valley.


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Tim Birney

Tim Birney is the founder / owner of River Road Media Group. He was born and raised in the Valley, graduating from Waverly High School in 1984.

Birney earned an Associate's Degree in Journalism from SUNY Morrisville in 1986 and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism / Public Relations from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1988. He began his newspaper career at The Daily Review in Towanda in 1989, before moving on to The Evening Times in 1995. He spent more than 10 years at the Times, the last four as Managing Editor.

River Road Media Group includes Valley Sports Report (launched Aug. 10, 2009), Tioga County (NY) Sports Report (Aug. 13, 2018), and Northern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 31, 2020). Southern Tier Sports Report is set to launch in 2021.