AUBURN | Let it snow, but make it rain.
The Southern Cayuga boys basketball hit seven 3-pointers in the second quarter and nine overall as the Chiefs won the Cayuga County Holiday Tournament on a snowy Saturday at Cayuga County Community College, 85-76, over Port Byron.
Junior guard Vince Stebbins scored 25 in the first half on his way to 44 total.
“No sir, never, only on NBA2K,” said the tournament MVP of scoring that many points in a single game before.
“I was unconscious and so was the team,” Stebbins said of the second quarter, in which he scored 14 points alone. “We were knocking everything down. Just playing our game. We played up to our potential for sure.”
“We had no idea,” Stebbins said of the 85 team points. “It didn’t matter if it was 2-0 we just wanted to come in and get the ‘W’ and hold that trophy.”
It was the first time that the Chiefs won the tournament since 2000.
Mike May had 13 for the Chiefs, while Mike Killian added 12 points. Colton Dennis, who was named to the all-tournament team, finished with 28 points and 10 rebounds for the Panthers. Tyler Dixon scored 13 points.
“Any time we put that many points on the board in our system it is not something that is going to work out well for us,” said Port Byron head coach Chris Ford. “A loss is never good, but you can take good things from a loss. They were unconscious. We have to learn to weather storms like that.”
Southern Cayuga returns to regular season play on Jan. 4 at Moravia, while the Panthers host Onondaga.
“This is our potential. To do it in such a meaningful game is exciting,” Southern Cayuga head coach Ben McDonald said. “This means everything. It is our third win in a row, we get to take home a trophy, the confidence that these kids are going to have afterwards is immense. It means a lot more than just one win.”
In the boys consolation final, Dustin Albino, who scored 14 points, got a baseline layup with 3.4 seconds left to give Union Springs the win over Weedsport, 48-46. Harry Fearon had 24 assists over the tournament’s two games.
J.J. O’Connor scored 15, and Joe Fritz added 14 for the Warriors in the loss.