Medina Journal-Register — MEDINA — Mustang senior Munjie Brown is a force to be reckoned with in any sport he plays. Tuesday evening’s Niagara-Orleans League boys basketball contest between Medina and Wilson was a reminder of that.
Brown led the Mustangs with 21 points — including an overtime dunk that was, by some accounts, gravity-defying — and Medina squeaked past Wilson, 53-48, in a contest that couldn’t be decided in regulation.
Medina moves over the .500 mark in league play at 3-2, while Wilson remains winless in the N-O at 0-4.
Medina coach Tom Forrestel said before the season that he hoped to see Brown come into his own on the court this winter season, and the results had been mixed up until Tuesday night. Stretches of electrifying play had been mixed with careless errors, as the Mustangs mixed league losses to Barker and Newfane with wins over Roy-Hart and Albion.
But when the chips were down on Tuesday night, Brown stepped up.
Medina fell behind 28-24 at halftime, but battled back and took the lead in the game’s final moments. Wilson’s Kevin Daunce came up big with a layup at the buzzer, sending the game to overtime tied at 46.
Medina assistant coach Adam Hellwig attributed the second-half comeback to strong defensive pressure, as the Mustangs rallied despite scoring only three points in the fourth quarter.
Cedric Griffith and Jason Hellwig scored in overtime to put the Mustangs up by four, before Hellwig sent a pass to Brown on the baseline for the emphatic dunk that gave Medina some breathing room.
Kyle Bradley led the Lakemen with 22 points, while Kevin Arnold had nine for the Mustangs. Hellwig and Griffith finished with seven points each for Medina.
Forrestel returned to the sideline a proud dad, as his wife gave birth to a baby boy, Lucas James, on Saturday.
Barker 72, Roy-Hart 47
BARKER — Mitch Luckman led the Raiders with 26 points, as Barker continued its torrid midseason play with a convincing N-O victory over Roy-Hart on Tuesday night, in a game that pitted two of the league’s top teams so far in 2013-14.
Barker took a slim 32-28 lead at intermission, before the Raiders caught fire with a 29-point third quarter. The usual suspects stepped up for coach Dave Carson’s Barker squad on Tuesday, as sharpshooter Chris Sweeney added 18 points, and the versatile Jacob Haight added 11.
Roy-Hart was led by the reliable Alex Stoddard, who produced his usual double-digit effort with 12 points for coach Mark Rydza’s squad. Cody Breedlove added 10 points for the Rams.
Barker led 17-10 after the first quarter, and used a 29-11 run that spanned the third quarter to take a 61-39 advantage with just eight minutes remaining. From there, the Raiders were on cruise control.
Barker remains undefeated in league play at 4-0, while Roy-Hart falls to 3-2 in N-O competition.
Albion 65, Newfane 64
ALBION — Josh Kneeland led Newfane with 29 points and 14 rebounds, but Albion eked out a narrow victory in a Niagara-Orleans League contest on Tuesday evening.
Sean Costello added 17 for the Panthers, while Nathan Aurenhamer netted 11. Kneeland had a shot from eight feet to win the game at the buzzer, but it did not fall.
Des Blackmon led Albion with 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists, while Ryan Fannin added 15 points and 11 boards for the Purple Eagles. Austin Loyd netted 13 points for Albion.
Newfane jumped out to a 39-33 lead at halftime, before the Purple Eagles came roaring back with a 19-10 run in the third quarter and held on at the finish.
Albion improves to 2-4 in league play, while Newfane falls to 2-4.
Holley 44, Attica 30
ATTICA — Eight Hawk wrestlers earned wins, as Holley defeated Attica in a Genesee Region League wrestling match on Tuesday night.
Holley winners were Brandon Morell, Martin Beadle, Kevin Avery, Isaac Miller, Aaron Ierlan, Lucas Silvis, Jake Bailey and Josh Marszalkowski.