By: Tim Birney | | December 23, 2021


ATHENS — Athens used balanced scoring, and an 11-0 second-quarter run to pull away from Sayre for a 41-15 win here Thursday evening in NTL junior varsity boys basketball action.

Xavier Watson knocked down a 3-pointer and scored five points to help Athens to a 9-6 lead after the first eight minutes.

Five different Wildcats scored in the second quarter in an 11-0 blitz that pushed the lead to 20-6 at the half.

Nicholas Jacob drained a pair of 3-pointers in the third quarter, and Connor Mosher added a rely to fuel a 15-4 run that gave the Wildcats a 35-10 lead entering the final eight minutes.

Watson led Athens with nine points, seven rebounds, and three blocked shots, and Mosher and Jacob scored seven and six points, respectively, and Chris Mitchell had five points and three boards.

Korey Miller had four, three rebounds, three assists, and five steals in the win, while Kolsen Keathley had four points, four rebounds, three steals, and one blocked shot, Jase Babcock chipped in with four points, Peter Jones recorded five steals, and Noah Hobday chipped in with three steals.

Zack Senese led Sayre with seven points, and Wesley Kelsey added five.

Athens travels to Waverly Tuesday afternoon for the opening round of the annual Valley Christmas Tournament, while Sayre hosts Towanda.


About the Author

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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 five sites in "The Sports Reports" family that cover 24 school districts in five counties: Valley Sports Report (launched Aug. 10, 2009), Tioga County (NY) Sports Report (Aug. 13, 2018), and Northern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 31, 2020); Northern Tier West Sports Report (March 15, 2021) Southern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 16, 2021).