Medina Journal-Register — In a tight battle Albion edged past host rival Medina 57-53 Friday in a clash of two teams seeking victory No. 1 on the young Niagara-Orleans League season.
Freddie Koester poured in a game high 28 points, Marquise Riddick added 16 and Tre Allport 11 to spearhead the Albion attack.
“They came to play tonight,” Albion coach Charlie Croff said. “We stuck to the game plan. We slowed the game down and took away their transition game.”
Lonnie Taylor scored 17, Dan Brown 12 and Ryan Thompson 10 for Medina.
Medina got off to a red hot start getting three threes from Thompson and one each from Brown and Jason Hellwig in the first four minutes for a 17-9 lead.
However, Albion rallied back to within two, 19-17, at the end of the period and the conest was tight the rest of the way. Riddick netted nine and Koester six to pace the Purple Eagles in the early going.
Albion then used a 15-8 second period scoring edge to rally into a 32-27 half-time advantage. Koester tallied eight and Allport hit a three to spark that surge.
Keeping the hot hand, Koester then erupted for 12 points in the third period to keep Albion on top 46-39 at the three-quarter mark. Taylor countered with 10 during that stretch to keep Medina close.
Getting two baskets from both Taylor and Brown and a three from Hellwig Medina did close to within one late but Albion got a big three from Riddick and then free throws from Koester and Allport to put a lock on the win.
Albion is now 1-3 and Medina 0-4 in N-O action.
CSAT 46, Barker 44
BARKER — Jumping out to a 19-8 first quarter lead, Barker saw CSAT battle back to claim a narrow 46-44 victory and remain unbeaten at 4-0 in N-O action.
The victory, combined with Newfane’s 75-68 win over Roy-Hart, gives CSAT sole possession of first place. Newfane, Roy-Hart and Wilson, a 46-19 victor over Akron, are all deadlocked for second place at 3-1.