The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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January 7, 2013

Rams hold off lateMustangs rally

Medina Journal-Register — A big stretch run rally fell just short as Medina dropped a wild 84-82 decision to visiting Roy-Hart Friday in a Niagara-Orleans League boys basketball game.

Trailing by as many as 20 at the end of the first quarter, Medina gradually battled back with a barrage of three’s to slice the deficit to just one three times in the final period but could not pull even or grab the lead.

Brad Bobbitt scored a game high 27 points, Blake Copella netted 23 and Ryan Farewell 16 to spread the attack for Roy-Hart which improves to 2-0 in the league and 5-1 overall.

Jason Hellwig scored 21, Ryan Thompson 18, Lonnie Taylor 16 and Dan Brown 14 for Medina which blistered the nets for 15 three’s. Thompson and Hellwig both had six from long range.

The loss drops the Mustangs to 0-2 and 3-3 overall.

“They shot well. It seemed every three they put up found the mark but we hung in there enough to come away with the win,” Roy-Hart coach Mark Rydza said.

Copella tallied 13, including two three’s, and Bobbitt added eight to spark Roy-Hart out to a 20 point, 27-7 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

However, Medina began to rally in the second quarter sparked by four three’s by Thompson to cut the deficit  in half, to 10 at 42-32 at the half.

Keeping the hot hand from outside, the Mustangs then got two three’s by Hellwig and one each by Brown, Thompson and Cedric Griffith in the third quarter to close to within seven, 64-57, at the three-quarter mark.

Hellwig then clicked on three more three’s in rapid fire fashion to pull Medina to within one, 70-69, at the four minute mark of the final period.

Taylor then scored on a lay-up to offset a Roy-Hart basket by Farewell to keep Medina within one at 72-71 but the Mustangs could not pull even.

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