Medina Journal-Register — Undefeated (8-0) front-running CSAT turned back a challenge from host Medina (1-7 ) Friday to claim a narrow 55-49 victory and maintain a two game lead a top the Niagara-Orleans League boys basketball standings.
In other N-O action, Roy-Hart (6-2) defeated visiting Wilson (1-7) 67-43, Newfane (6-2) downed Barker (3-5) 55-44 and Akron (6-2) topped Albion (1-7) 54-31.
Darnell Carson poured in 34 points to spearhead the CSAT attack.
Lonnie Taylor scored 20 and Adam Hoot 10 for Medina.
Carson scored nine quick points in the opening quarter to spark the Eagles out to a 12-8 lead.
Medina quickly pulled even at 12-12 at the out set of the second quarter after back-to-back lay-ups by Ben McPherson and Taylor but the Mustangs could not grab the lead.
Five more baskets by Taylor on two lay-ups, a pair of rebound baskets and a dunk did keep the Mustang within one, 28-27, at the half.
Carson tallied 11 points, including a pair of threes and a three-point play, to keep the Eagles on top by one.
The Eagles stretched their advantage to seven ,43-36, at the three-quarter mark after Medina went the first four and a half minutes of the third period without a basket.
A rebound bucket by Taylor at the outset of the final period pulled Medina within five, 43-38, but the Mustangs would get no closer.
CSAT answered with threes by Jorge Brown and Carson and a jumper by Carson to pull away to a 10 point, 52-42, advantage with 2:50 remaining.
Medina did pull back to within five one more time, 52-47, with 47 seconds to go after a lay-up off a steal by Taylor, a free throw by McPherson and a lay-up off a turnover by Dan Brown. However, CSAT again answered right back, this time with a big lay-up off a steal by Carson to put a lock on the victory.