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.