The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

January 9, 2013

PANTHERS TURN BACKMUSTANGS LATE RALLY

Staff Reports
Medina Journal-Register

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.

Back-to-back three’s by Weber and Sears then helped extend the Panthers advantage to nine at 61-52 and lock up the win.

Medina next hosts Albion Friday.

CSAT 76, Albion 49

BUFFALO - CSAT used huge 22 point first and 31 point third quarter scoring surges to key a 76-49 victory over Albion.

Darnell Carson scored 21 to lead a parade of 11 point getters for CSAT which improves to 3-0.

Marquise Riddick scored 15, Freddie Koester 13, Chandler Thigpen seven and Ryan Fannin and Tre Allport six each for Albion which slips to 0-3.

CSAT led 22-14 after one period, 33-27 at the half and 64-36 at the three-quarter mark after the big 31-9 third period surge.

Roy-Hart 52, Akron 48

MIDDLPORT - Breaking away from a late 48-48 deadlock, Roy-Hart used a layup off a steal by Ryan Farewell and two free throws by Brad Bobbitt to edge past Akron 52-48.

Blake Copella finished with 18 and Bobbitt 16 for Roy-Hart which stays perfect at 3-0.

Roy-Hart built up a 28-18 half-time advantage after a big 21-8 second quarter surge. However, Akron answered with a 17-11 third period spurt to close the deficit to 39-35 at the three-quarter mark.

Barker 59, Wilson 48

Jacob Haught poured in 29 points to lead Barker past Wilson 59-48.

Leading 12-11 after one period, Barker outscored Wilson 25-10 in the second period and 16-9 in the third to pull away to a 53-30 advantage.

Matt Baker scored 10 and Liam McIntosh and Kyle Bradley nine each for Wilson which drops to 1-2.

Wrestling

Alexander 63

Lyndonville 17

Tony Recco and Dustin Joy both registered pins and Alex Murphy a technical fall win in Lyndonville’s 63-17 Genesee Region League loss to Alexander Tuesday.

Holley 60, Kendall 23

Andrew Flanagan, Dan Flanagan, Kevin Avery and Nick Winkley all registered first period pins to lead Holley to a 60-23 G-R victory over Kendall.

Caleb Diep and Lucas Silvis also both notched pins for the Hawks.

Riley Ries and Hunter Nelson both had pins for Kendall.