The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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January 9, 2013

PANTHERS TURN BACKMUSTANGS LATE RALLY

Medina Journal-Register — For the third straight league outing a big second half Medina comeback bid fell just short as the Mustangs dropped a 62-54 decision to visiting Newfane Tuesday in a Niagara-Orleans League game.

Medina, which was unable to overcome 20 point first quarter deficits in league opening losses to both CSAT (84-59) and Roy-Hart (84-82), fell behind by 17 in the third quarter against Newfane. The Mustangs allied back into a tie late in the final period only to see the Panthers answer with a key late 11-2 run to lock up the victory.

Connor Sears scored 15, Josh Kneeland 13 and Reid Weber 10 to lead the balanced attack for Newfane which improves to 2-1 in N-O action.

Lonnie Taylor scored 16 and Dan Brown and Ben McPherson 12 each for Medina which slips to 0-3.

Leading by a narrow 15-14 margin, Newfane opened the second period with a 12-0 run ignited by back-to-back three’s by Weber and Sean Costello and the Panthers went on to hold a 11 point, 35-24, lead at the half.

Keeping the momentum, Newfane opened the third period with a 6-0 run on two layups by Kneeland and one by Brian Ratajczak to extend the advantage to 17 at 41-24.

However, Medina came battling back with a 16-2 run to slice the deficit to five, 45-40 at the three-quarter mark. Taylor led that rally with eight points on two rebound buckets, a jumper and a layup as Jason Hellwig and Brown both clicked on three’s.

The Mustangs kept the momentum opening the final period with a 10-5 run to rally into a 50-50 tie with 4:25 remaining on a layup by Taylor. The equalizer followed back-to-back baskets by McPherson on a jumper and a layup off a steal.

However, Medina could not take the lead as Bryan Geise answered with a three-point play and Sears a layup to put Newfane back on to to stay at 55-50.

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