The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

Homepage

December 5, 2013

Albion boys basketball falls at Burgard

BUFFALO —

BUFFALO — It was just one of those nights for the Albion boys basketball team on Wednesday.

The Purple Eagles defended well. They boxed out well, and for the most part, they rebounded well. They pushed the ball into transition well and stayed smart yet aggressive throughout the non-league contest at Burgard.

But at the end of the day, it was a cold-shooting performance for the Albion squad, one that left the Purple Eagles four points short in a tightly-contested non-league contest in front of a surprisingly pro-Albion crowd at Burgard HS in Buffalo. Albion fell to Burgard, 51-47, to fall to 1-1 on the young season.

After the game, first-year Albion coach Brennan Meakin agreed that poor shooting led to his team's demise. The Purple Eagles finished the night 19-of-61 from the floor.

"It seemed like there was a brick on the basket," Meakin said. "We forced some turnovers, played well, but the shots couldn't fall. It was a hard-fought game, but if the ball can't get in the net, there's not much you can do about it."

Burgard jumped out to a 15-6 lead courtesy to some hot shooting early, but Albion answered with a 13-2 run that spanned the end of the first quarter and beginning of the second. Connor Barleben and Manny Thompson keyed the surge with strong play on the offensive and defensive sides of the court, coming up with turnovers that led to easy buckets.

Barleben finished the evening with six points, while Thompson had 11 to tie Des Blackmon for the Albion scoring lead.

After the surge gave Albion a 19-17 lead, Burgard battled back to take a 24-23 lead at intermission. 

The Bulldogs came out of the gate strong after halftime, taking a 36-28 lead late in the third quarter and forcing Meakin to call timeout. Albion, in turn, responded with three-pointers by Austin Loyd and Blackmon to make the game close again. 

Text Only
Local News
MED dissolution elsewhere ART 041814

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE WELLSVILLE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Are you doing a double take again? This looks a lot like downtown Medina, but it's actually a block of downtown Wellsville, where voters in 2006 rejected a village dissolution proposal that was put up jointly by the Wellsville village and town boards.

Local Sports
MED Medina Baseball MAIN Art 041814

photos by COREY DESIDERIO/STAFF Medina junior Josh Scroger makes contact on one of his three hits Thursday afternoon against CSAT at Vets Field. He went 3-for-3, two singles and a triple, and scored three runs. Below, Junior Matt Riemer getting ready for an incoming pitch Thursday against the Eagles. Riemer went 4-for-4 with four RBIs and scored one run.

Communities
MED wise students technology ART 041414

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Teacher Ed Williams, left, is teaching Medina students including Kyrah Baes and Kayla Grosslinger about rockets, bridges and more in technology classes.

Crime
Opinions
Obituaries
Web Extras
Featured Ads
Magazines
House Ads
Front page
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Royal Wedding Live