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By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | January 21, 2022 | Photo courtesy Tim Birney


WAVERLY — Sophomore Joey Tomasso pumped in 24 points in the first half to lead Waverly to a 32-point halftime lead en route to a 77-39 win over Whitney Point here Friday night in IAC Large School crossover boys basketball action.

“Joey has been carrying a lot of the offensive load for us early on in games,” said Waverly coach Lou Judson.”We’ve had some other guys step up their games, too.”

The Wolverines, who have won seven in a row, improve to 10-3 on the season.

“Our defense has really picked up the last few games,” said Judson. “We played with a lot of energy.

“We’re playing good basketball right now at both ends of the floor,” he added.

Tomasso scored 11 points in the first quarter, including a 3-pointer, while senior Davis Croft had six points, and senior Brennan Traub added five points, including a 3-pointer, to fuel a 22-7 run in the opening eight minutes.

Tomasso poured in 13 points in the second quarter, including a pair of 3-pointers, and senior Tyler Talada also knocked down a 3-pointer, and scored five points in a 27-10 blitz that put the Wolverines ahead 49-17 at the half.

Brennan Traub and Liam Traub combined for 16 points in the second half as Waverly added to its lead.

Tomasso led Waverly with 28 points, five rebounds, and three assists, while Brennan Traub had 12 points, four assists, three rebounds, two steals, and one blocked shot, Liam Traub had nine points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals, and one blocked shot, and Croft had eight points, six rebounds, and four assists.

Talada had five points, four rebounds, and two blocked shots in the win, while senior Brady Blauvelt had four points, five rebounds, and two steals, senior Isaiah Bretz chipped in with four points, and sophomore Jay Pipher added five rebounds and two steals.

James Craft led Whitney Point with 11 points.

Waverly hosts Trumansburg Tuesday.


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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.