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Boys Basketball Roundup

January 30, 2014
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

Clymer wins with balanced scoring

CLYMER, Jan. 24 - Balanced scoring in the first half led Clymer (4-2, 6-5) to an eventual non-league girls basketball victory on Friday night.

Kayla Gilkinson scored eight points while Becca King, Amanda Einink and Breanna Summers had six each in the 33-21 first half for Clymer en route to a 54-46 win over Maple Grove (2-4, 4-8).

Gilkinson wound up with 17 points, Summers added nine and Carly McAfoose and Einink eight each for the winners.

M.J. Trisket held Maple Grove standout Emily Swanson to 12 points, which is six under her average. Trisket had seven rebounds, King, Summers and McAfoose six each as the Lady Pirates controlled the boards, 37-28.

Maple Grove upsets Silver Creek

SILVER CREEK, Jan. 24 - Riley Beaton was the unsung hero for Maple Grove in an upset of Silver Creek.

Beaton played a great defense as he fronted 6-foot-7-inch Billy Brooks, limiting him to 10 points. Meanwhile on offense, he made four important three-pointers as Maple Grove (2-4, 7-6) turned back the Black Knights, 59-47.

Beaton made his 3-pointers at the end of first period to give the Red Dragons a 18-11 lead, made another in the second quarter and made two threes in the second half when Silver Creek cut the deficit to three, twice. He wound up with 16 points.

Corey Wefing had 23 points, six rebounds, five assists and five steals as the Red Dragons avenged a December setback to Silver Creek.

Graham Soffel contributed 10 rebounds to go along with 17 points for the winners. Soffel had nine points in the opening 16 minutes and eight points after intermission.

The leading scorer for Silver Creek was Travon Thompson with 19 points followed by Brooks with only 10 points.

Cassadaga Valley edges Brocton

SINCLAIRVILLE, Jan. 24 - The Cassadaga Valley Cougars (9-4, 5-2) held off Brocton (0-7, 1-10), 41-38, Friday in CCAA West II boys high school basketball action.

Despite the Bulldogs receiving buckets from just three players, they found themselves with a chance to win.

"Brocton kept battling back," Cassadaga Valley coach Rich Clifford said. "They gave us everything. (Brocton coach) Jeff (Franze's) teams always play hard. They play great defense. They played extremely well."

The Cougars received a solid effort from Cody Johnson, who scored a game-high 23 points, including 11 of 12 from the free throw line. Mike Lancaster was 5 for 7 from the charity stripe for the winners. Lancaster also had eight rebounds, three blocks and three assists.

The Cougars jumped out to a 16-8 lead after the first quarter and held a 27-18 halftime advantage. The Bulldogs battled back to outscore the home team, 20-14 in the second half.

Macalum Buchanan led Brocton with 22 points. Aaron Riforgiato and brother Anthony Riforgiato each had eight points in the losing effort.

Bulldogs pick up first win of season

BROCTON, Jan. 22 - After a close first quarter, Brocton put the distance between Pine Valley that it needed to as the Bulldogs (1-9) picked up their first win of the season after dropping the Panthers, 51-39, in non-league boys basketball.

"We've been playing better ball," Brocton head coach Jeff Franze said. "We had a close game with them earlier in the year and we had a good feeling going into (Wednesday's game) that we could be successful."

The Bulldogs held an 11-10 lead after the first quarter, before going up 29-19 at the break. In the third quarter, Brocton outscored Pine Valley, 11-5, before the Panthers put up 15 points to the Bulldogs' 11 over the game's final eight minutes.

Anthony Riforgiato had a game-high 16 points for Brocton while Macalum Buchanan chipped in 13 points and five assists. Also for the Bulldogs, Brian Graves added eight points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

Killian Abers had a team-high nine points for the Panthers.

Maple Grove drops Westfield

WESTFIELD, Jan. 22 - Maple Grove's Graham Soffel and Corey Wefing are proving to be a dominant 1-2 punch in boys high school basketball.

The duo struck again Wednesday as they combined for 45 points in lifting the Red Dragons (6-6, 1-3) to a 65-48 victory over the Westfield Wolverines (6-5, 3-2) in non-league action.

Soffel led the way with 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Wefing added 21 points, seven boards and as many steals.

"Both are good players," Westfield coach Bob North said. "They can both step back and hit the 3-pointer, and they drive to the basket."

Maple Grove took a 12-10 lead after the first quarter and increased its cushion to 27-19 by halftime. The Red Dragons outscored the home team, 30-29, in the second half for the victory.

"I was pleased with our defense in general," North said. "It was a closer game than it ended up. With three minutes left, we had (the deficit) to nine points. We turned the ball over a couple times and (the lead) was up to 15. We played them a lot better than we did the first time."

Tanner Dahl led the Wolverines with 12 points and four assists while Jacob Gray had seven rebounds.

Forestville remains undefeated in league

FORESTVILLE, Jan. 21 - The Forestville Hornets (4-7, 3-0) took their lumps early in the season as it went 0-7 in non-league games.

Those early-season woes are paying off now as the Hornets defeated Clymer (6-6, 2-4) on Tuesday, 51-41, for its fourth-straight victory in a non-league boys high school basketball contest.

"We played some close games early in the year and definitely took some lumps," Forestville coach Ralph Jackson said. "We are learning from it and we are getting better each game."

It took a fourth-quarter comeback Tuesday for the Hornets to remain perfect in the league and Jake Nosbisch was a key reason for the win as he scored all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter. The Hornets shot 11 for 15 from the charity stripe in the final frame as Nosbisch went 5 for 7 and Dylan Szumigala went 5 for 6.

"We knew we had to get the ball into those guys' hands because they were going to be fouling," Jackson said.

The Pirates jumped out to a 10-8 lead after the first quarter and held a 23-15 halftime edge. The Hornets began their comeback in the third as they cut the deficit, 28-26, heading into the fourth. From there, the home team outscored Clymer, 25-13 for the win.

"They definitely kept fighting," Jackson said of Clymer, noting the Pirates hit three, 3-pointers in the final eight minutes.

All nine players on the Hornets' roster contributed with at least a point Tuesday and Jackson noted that has been the key to his team's success.

"Everyone is contributing," he said. "We have nine guys on the team and five out of the nine have led us in scoring in at least one game this year. There is not one kid we lean on. I don't think I have that one kid to lean on and that's not a bad thing. Each night could be a different player. We are never going to have a 20-point scorer, but we will have a 13-15 point scorer and everyone else contributing."

Caleb Makuch had 11 rebounds while Wayne Hartloff had 10 boards and three blocks in the win. Szumigala also had five assists.

For the Pirates, Mitch Einink led the way with 14 points while Jake Wiggers had 11 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Jared Dunwald had eight rebounds in a losing effort.

The Hornets return to action Friday at West Valley.

First quarter lifts Cassadaga over CLCS

MAYVILLE, Jan. 21 - Mike Lancaster had a team-high 15 points while adding six rebounds and Cody Johnson chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds, as Cassadaga Valley (8-4, 4-2) dropped Chautauqua Lake (4-8, 2-4), 49-34, during CCAA West II boys basketball action Tuesday night.

"Going against Coach (Rich) Clifford was a delight," Chautauqua Lake head coach Michael Putney. "He's a great coach. He brings a lot of intensity and he gets 110 percent out of his players."

The Cougars went up 17-7 after the first quarter, before building their lead to 28-15 at the break. The third quarter saw the Thunderbirds get outscored 11-8, before they put up 11 points to the Cougars' 10 points in the fourth quarter.

"We shot 21 percent from the field," Putney said. "And you're not going to win a lot of games (shooting that way). I thought our defense played extremely well holding them to 49 points."

Randy Dalaba chipped in eight points and seven rebounds in the win while Kyle Ruge charted seven points and five steals.

For Chautauqua Lake, Ian Clute led the way with a game-high 16 points and 11 rebounds while Devin Pope had six points in his varsity debut.

"Ian Clute played another fine game," Putney said. "He brought the intensity and Pope had first varsity experience.

"We're going to see great things from him," Putney continued of Pope, an eighth grader. "He has great court sense and great vision. He makes things happen."

Maple Grove drops Westfield

Jan. 22 - Maple Grove's Graham Soffel and Corey Wefing are proving to be a dominant 1-2 punch in boys high school basketball in Mayville.

The duo struck again Wednesday as they combined for 45 points in lifting the Red Dragons (6-6, 1-3) to a 65-48 victory over the Westfield Wolverines (6-5, 3-2) in non-league action.

Soffel led the way with 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Wefing added 21 points, seven boards and as many steals.

"Both are good players," Westfield coach Bob North said. "They can both step back and hit the 3-pointer, and they drive to the basket."

Maple Grove took a 12-10 lead after the first quarter and increased its cushion to 27-19 by halftime. The Red Dragons outscored the home team, 30-29, in the second half for the victory.

"I was pleased with our defense in general," North said. "It was a closer game than it ended up. With three minutes left, we had (the deficit) to nine points. We turned the ball over a couple times and (the lead) was up to 15. We played them a lot better than we did the first time."

Tanner Dahl led the Wolverines with 12 points and four assists while Jacob Gray had seven rebounds.

Forestville remains undefeated in league

FORESTVILLE, Jan. 21 - The Forestville Hornets (4-7, 3-0) took their lumps early in the season as it went 0-7 in non-league games.

Those early-season woes are paying off now as the Hornets defeated Clymer (6-6, 2-4) on Tuesday, 51-41, for its fourth-straight victory in a non-league boys high school basketball contest.

"We played some close games early in the year and definitely took some lumps," Forestville coach Ralph Jackson said. "We are learning from it and we are getting better each game."

It took a fourth-quarter comeback Tuesday for the Hornets to remain perfect in the league and Jake Nosbisch was a key reason for the win as he scored all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter. The Hornets shot 11 for 15 from the charity stripe in the final frame as Nosbisch went 5 for 7 and Dylan Szumigala went 5 for 6.

"We knew we had to get the ball into those guys' hands because they were going to be fouling," Jackson said.

The Pirates jumped out to a 10-8 lead after the first quarter and held a 23-15 halftime edge. The Hornets began their comeback in the third as they cut the deficit, 28-26, heading into the fourth. From there, the home team outscored Clymer, 25-13 for the win.

"They definitely kept fighting," Jackson said of Clymer, noting the Pirates hit three, 3-pointers in the final eight minutes.

All nine players on the Hornets' roster contributed with at least a point Tuesday and Jackson noted that has been the key to his team's success.

"Everyone is contributing," he said. "We have nine guys on the team and five out of the nine have led us in scoring in at least one game this year. There is not one kid we lean on. I don't think I have that one kid to lean on and that's not a bad thing. Each night could be a different player. We are never going to have a 20-point scorer, but we will have a 13-15 point scorer and everyone else contributing."

Caleb Makuch had 11 rebounds while Wayne Hartloff had 10 boards and three blocks in the win. Szumigala also had five assists.

For the Pirates, Mitch Einink led the way with 14 points while Jake Wiggers had 11 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Jared Dunwald had eight rebounds in a losing effort.

The Hornets return to action Friday at West Valley.

First quarter lifts Cassadaga over CLCS

Jan. 21 - Mike Lancaster had a team-high 15 points while adding six rebounds and Cody Johnson chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds, as Cassadaga Valley (8-4, 4-2) dropped Chautauqua Lake (4-8, 2-4), 49-34, during CCAA West II boys basketball action Tuesday night in mayville.

"Going against Coach (Rich) Clifford was a delight," Chautauqua Lake head coach Michael Putney. "He's a great coach. He brings a lot of intensity and he gets 110 percent out of his players."

The Cougars went up 17-7 after the first quarter, before building their lead to 28-15 at the break. The third quarter saw the Thunderbirds get outscored 11-8, before they put up 11 points to the Cougars' 10 points in the fourth quarter.

"We shot 21 percent from the field," Putney said. "And you're not going to win a lot of games (shooting that way). I thought our defense played extremely well holding them to 49 points."

Randy Dalaba chipped in eight points and seven rebounds in the win while Kyle Ruge charted seven points and five steals.

For Chautauqua Lake, Ian Clute led the way with a game-high 16 points and 11 rebounds while Devin Pope had six points in his varsity debut.

"Ian Clute played another fine game," Putney said. "He brought the intensity and Pope had first varsity experience.

"We're going to see great things from him," Putney continued of Pope, an eighth grader. "He has great court sense and great vision. He makes things happen."

 
 

 

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