The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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December 30, 2013

Raiders have no trouble

Medina Journal-Register — BARKER — Coach Dave Carson and the Barker boys basketball team have had no trouble with their early-season schedule so far. The Raiders have been dominating opponents by 30- to 40-point margins on a consistent basis, and have started to receive recognition on a regional level in the process.

It was no different in Saturday afternoon’s non-league contest against Section V Lyndonville. The Raiders took a 25-3 lead after the first quarter and were relentless, showing no mercy in opening up a 37-9 advantage at halftime and 52-15 lead after the third.

The final was 62-26 Barker, as the Raiders improve to 6-0 overall, 2-0 in Niagara-Orleans League play.

For Carson, the recipe was just as it has been all season long: strong defensive play and good ball movement.

“We played well defensively, and we moved the ball well on offense,” Carson said. “It’s been a good start, and we’re ready to start the New Year against Wilson.”

Mitch Luckman led Barker’s balanced attack with 12 points, while Chris Sweeney and Thomas Callaghan had 10 points each. Career 1,000-plus point-scorer Jacob Haight added five.

Ty Hrovat led Lyndonville with 14 points, including three three-pointers.

Roy-Hart 72, Alden 63

ALDEN — Senior Alex Stoddard led the Rams with a 27-point performance, despite being in foul trouble for much of the second half, and Roy-Hart earned a comeback victory at Alden in a non-league holiday contest on Friday evening.

Alden took a 40-30 lead at halftime, but the Rams battled back on the strength of a 22-9 run that spanned the third quarter. Roy-Hart outscored Alden by a 20-14 margin in the final quarter to secure the victory.

“We played much better defense in the second half,” said veteran Roy-Hart coach Mark Rydza. “They got a lot of good looks in the first half, but we clamped down after halftime, and it made a difference.”

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