The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

February 21, 2013

Rams roll; Trojanseliminate Mustangs

By Mike Wertman
Medina Journal-Register

Medina Journal-Register — MIDDLEPORT — Taking charge with a big third quarter scoring surge, No. 7 seed Roy-Hart went on to defeat No. 10 Buffalo Arts 58-38 Wednesday in a second round Section VI Class B-2 boys basketball playoff game.

Also in Class B-2 action, No. 11 Medina made the long trek to the Southern Tier and dropped a 74-54 decision at No. 6 Southwestern.

In Class C-1, No. 6 Barker ousted visiting No. 11 daVinci of Buffalo 55-30.

Leading by just seven, 24-17, at the half, Roy-Hart used a 18-6 third period uprising to take control against Arts.

The Rams started the decisive third period with an 11-0 run which opened with a three by Brad Bobbitt also also featured two rebound baskets by Blake Copella and a jumper by Ryan Farewell.

The Rams went on to lead by 19, 42-23, at the three-quarter mark and went up by as many as 26, 52-26, in the final stanza.

“A seven point lead isn’t much so the third period was key for us,” Roy-Hart coach Mark Rydza said. “We played a solid third quarter.”

Farewell finished with 16, Alex Stoddard 14 and Bobbitt 12.

Ivan Harris took game high honors for Arts with 17, 12 of which came in the final period.

Roy-Hart took a 12-9 lead at the end of the first period on a three by Bobbitt at the buzzer.

Arts did grab a brief 13-12 lead at the outset of the second period but Roy-Hart answered back with a 12-4 run to regain the lead for good.

Three straight jumpers by Farewell ignited that rally which was capped off by three straight baskets by Stoddard as Roy-Hart took a 24-17 lead at the half.

The Rams then broke the game open in the third as Copella and Farewell both had a pair of baskets and Bobbitt and Cody Breedlove chipped in with threes.

“We were solid when we had to be solid,” Rydza said. “Our defense was pretty good.”

Improving to 13-6, Roy-Hart next visits No. 3 Cleveland Hill in the quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Friday.

Southwestern 74, Medina 54

JAMESTOWN - Pulling away down the stretch, Southwestern bested Medina 74-54 in a second round B-2 contest.

Alec Peck scored 24 and Kyle Radek 20 to spark the offense for Southwestern which held narrow leads of 41-35 at the half and 53-45 at the three-quarter mark before putting together a decisive 21-9 surge down the stretch.

“They execute very well,” Medina coach Tom Forrestel said. “The first half was back-and-forth as both teams executed well. But in the second half we missed shots and they ran their set plays and executed very well and knocked down their shots.”

The contest was deadlocked 16-16 after one quarter and the Trojans used a 25-19 second period to take the 41-35 lead at the break.

Lonnie Taylor scored 20, Jason Hellwig 12 and Dan Brown 10 for Medina which finishes the season at 7-13.

Barker 55, daVinci 30

BARKER - Jacob Haight scored 13 of his game high 19 points in the first quarter to spark Barker out to a 23-2 lead and the Raiders coasted to the 55-30 victory over daVinci.

In all nine players contributed to the point production for Barker which led 33-11 at the half and 45-13 at the three-quarter mark.

Elba 66, Lyndonville 45

ELBA - Leading by a narrow 37-32 margin at the half, No. 5 Elba used a 14-2 third period scoring surge to key a 66-45 victory over No. 12 Lyndonville Wednesday in a Section V Class D-1 playoff contest.

Austin Bane led Lyndonville with 16 points.