GREENE – It was a hard holiday break for Greene’s boys basketball team as the Trojans suffered back-to-back setbacks against IAC competition. But the two losses close out 2017 and there is much in store for the Trojans to look forward to in 2018.
In their first round game against Tioga, Greene fell by a final score of 61-49. With the Trojans knocking on Tioga’s door entering the fourth quarter of play, Tioga held a slim lead of 34-33 entering the final eight minutes of play.
Enter Tioga’s Lucas Klossner. In the final period, Klossner canned a pair of trifectas while knocking down five free-throws as he scored 11 of his game high 19 points over the final eight minutes. As Klossner led the offensive attack, Greene’s defense broke down allowing an unprecedented 27 points to be scored by their opponent in the final quarter.
To the Trojan’s credit, they tried to keep pace down the stretch as Spencer Klumpp knocked in two three-point buckets, but the Tioga defense proved to be too much and the Trojans just ran out of time at the end. Klossner lead Tioga with 19 points in the win, and Nate Barry led Greene with 13 points in the setback.
The consolation matchup between Greene and Whitney Point was just as good as the opening round’s matchup with Tioga. The Trojans fell short for the second day and were unable to defeat the Eagles as they lost 52-43.
Leading 29-17 into the recess, Whitney Point’s 12 point lead felt much larger than that as Greene’s offensive failed to record a double-digit scoring period in the first half of play.
While Greene’s offense improved in the third period, it was the team of Dawson Driscoll and Tanner Kallfelz for the Eagles that prevailed for Whitney Point. Driscoll scored eight of his 11 points in the third quarter, while Kallfelz scored eight of his game-high 17 in the period. The duo single handedly provided all of the scoring needed for Whitney Point as they expanded their lead to 45-30 entering the game’s final eight minutes.
Despite Greene limiting the Eagles to only seven points on offense and one field goal in the fourth quarter, the offensive engine for the Trojans never got going as their comeback effort ultimately ran out of time. Ryan Smith led Greene in the loss with 11 points, Barry finished with 10 and Nate Erickson scored nine in the setback.
Tioga went on to defeat Chenango Valley, winners over Whitney Point in the other opening around matchup. The All-tournament honorees were Mitchell Walters from Greene, Kallfez of Whitney Point, Pat Buchinsky of Chenango Valley, and Connor Hutchinson of Tioga. Lucas Klossner of Tioga took home Most Valuable Player honors of the tournament.
The Trojans return to the hardwood on Thursday, January 4 as they travel to play Sidney at 7 p.m. in some Mid-State Athletic Conference action.
Tioga 61, Greene 49..