TOMASSO'S HOT HAND PACES WAVERLY IN 64-45 WIN OVER SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY IN CLASS B QUARTERFINALS
By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | February 26, 2022 | Photo courtesy David Alliger
WAVERLY — Sophomore Joey Tomasso had the hot hand early, helping Waverly
to a double-digit lead in the first quarter on its way to a 64-45 win
over Susquehanna Valley in the quarterfinals of the Section IV, Class B
boys basketball playoffs.
“Joey (Tomasso) got us out of the gate, and was on fire in the first quarter,” said Waverly coach Lou Judson. “He really got us going.”
Tomasso knocked down a trio of 3-pointers and was 3-for-3 from the free-throw line in a 16-point first quarter as the Wolverines raced out to a 22-12 lead after the first eight minutes.
Tomasso canned his fourth 3-pointer of the game, and scored five points in the second quarter, and senior Brennan Traub added four points, but Susquehanna Valley matched Waverly’s output in the stanza, and the Wolverines led 33-23 at the half.
Senior Liam Traub buried a pair of 3-pointers in the third quarter, and senior Brady Blauvelt canned a 3-pointer and scored five points to fuel a 19-11 run that extended the Waverly lead to 52-34 entering the final eight minutes.
“I really thought our game plan defensively going into tonight, and us executing it tonight was key,” said Judson.
“SV’s (Nick Stilloe) came in averaging more than 23 points per game, and we held him to 18, but it was a hard-earned 18.
“I thought our defense was very on-point tonight,” added Judson.
Tomasso led Waverly with 27 points, five rebounds, and three steals, while Blauvelt had 10 points and eight rebounds, and Liam Traub had eight points and five boards
Brennan Traub had eight points and three assists in the win, while sophomore Jay Pipher scored seven points, and senior Davis Croft added five rebounds two assists, and one blocked shot.
Waverly will square off with Owego in the Class B semifinals. (Date and time to be determined.
“When you beat a team by 19 in Section play on your home floor, you obviously played well, but we had 18 turnovers tonight, which is too many for us to move through the Section if that’s what we’re going to do,” said Judson.
“We haven’t played in two weeks … we didn’t play our best, but we knocked the rust off,” added Judson. “If we can clean up the turnovers, it should be a good game against Owego.”
About the Author
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.