Medina Journal-Register — ALBION — Despite the admirable efforts behind the bench of Tim Archer — who has stepped up to lead the Purple Eagles in lieu of head coach Brennen Meakin’s absence due to illness — Albion couldn’t get enough done on offense on Friday night.
The result was a 40-28 loss at the hands of Akron, in a Niagara-Orleans League boys basketball contest on a bitterly cold evening in Western New York. While many other games across the region were cancelled due to weather, the Purple Eagles and Tigers battled the elements to put on a show for the Albion home crowd.
Akron’s Noah Diebel led all scorers with 15 points, while Ryan Fannin and Alex Bison led Albion with eight points apiece. Austin Loyd had six points for the Purple Eagles, while Connor Barleben had four and Clayton Stanton had two.
The Tigers’ CJ Longwell also had a double-figure night, totaling 10 points.
Albion trailed 14-11 at halftime despite going over nine minutes without a bucket, but Akron used a 10-2 spurt midway through the third quarter to take a 24-13 advantage.
The Purple Eagles made a comeback late in the third, sparked by a three-pointer from Bison, and trailed only 28-23 with eight minutes remaining. Akron closed the deal with a strong fourth, as Diebel nailed four straight free throws to secure the win.
Albion falls to 1-2 in league play, and will return to action Tuesday in a home contest against Route 31 rival Medina. With its first league victory, Akron improves to 1-1 in N-O play.
Holley 45, Lyndonville 42
HOLLEY — Joey DeFelice led the Hawks with 14 points, including six in the fourth quarter, as Holley rallied to squeak past Lyndonville in the opening round of the Holley Holiday Tournament on Saturday evening.
Lyndonville led 33-27 after the third quarter, but Holley embarked on a decisive 18-9 run in the fourth to come away with the victory. Holley’s Corey Winter scored six of his 12 points in the fourth to help ignite the rally, as Zach Vaccarelli added four of his nine in the final frame.
Justin Edwards led Lyndonville with 10 points, while Nick Hinkson added nine. Patrick Hinkson and Evan Milleville had eight points apiece for the Tigers.
Lyndonville led 25-18 at the half and maintained an edge after three quarters, before Holley came through in the game’s final minutes.
Northstar edged Oakfield-Alabama in the first semifinal, 48-46, so Northstar and Holley will square off for the tournament championship at 7 p.m. tonight. It’s a rematch of a game earlier this season, which Northstar won by a 56-51 margin.
The semifinals were originally slated for Friday, with the championship to be held Saturday, but festivities were pushed back due to Friday’s frigid temperatures across the region.
Lyndonville places at Alexander tourney
ALEXANDER — Tom Follman led the Tigers by going a perfect 5-0 in the 152-pound weight class, earning first-place honors in his class at the Alexander Wrestling Tournament on Saturday afternoon.
Lyndonville’s Tony Recco also earned first-place honors after going 5-0 in his weight class, while Jeff Gress Jr. went 4-1 to place second in the 99-pound bracket.
Games “colded” out
While basketball carried on as scheduled in Akron and Albion on Friday night, other games across the N-O league were postponed due to weather-related reasons.
The Medina girls team was scheduled to face Global Concepts Charter School of Buffalo at 5 p.m. Friday, but both schools were closed due to frigid temperatures, so the game was postponed.
In league competition, Barker and Wilson schools were closed, so girls and boys games between the two schools were postponed as well. On the girls side, a make-up contest is scheduled for Feb. 8, when the Lady Raiders and Lakewomen will face off at 1:30 p.m. in Wilson.
In wrestling action, the Medina squad could not attend this weekend’s Niagara County Community College tournament, also due to weather.