Westfield downs Brocton in regulation
WESTFIELD - A night after playing four overtimes, the Westfield Wolverines (9-7, 6-4) took care of business in regulation Feb. 7 with a 45-40 victory over the Brocton Bulldogs (1-14, 0-11) in CCAA West II boys high school basketball.
Tanner Dahl led the Wolverines with 18 points, including three 3-pointers in the first quarter to help the home team jump out to a 15-6 lead.
Westfield held a 26-15 halftime lead. Brocton outscored the Wolverines, 24-20, in the second half, but could not overcome the first-quarter deficit.
"It was closer than I wanted it to," Westfield coach Bob North said. "Brocton scratched and clawed and hung in there til the end. It ended up being a good game for us. We had close-game situation again, and this time we closed it out."
Liam Tennies pulled down 10 rebounds in the win.
Aaron Riforgiato was Brocton's top scorer with 18 points, including 10 in the final frame. Anthony Riforgiato pulled down 12 rebounds in the losing effort.
Clymer hangs on against CVCS
CLYMER, Feb. 7 - Mitch Einink and Jake Wiggers wanted to be sure that their final home game was successful for Clymer.
Einink and Wiggers each scored four points in overtime as Clymer (5-5, 9-7) came-from-behind to nip Cassadaga Valley (6-4, 10-6), 71-68, despite a career-best 34 points by Cody Johnson of the Cougars.
Clymer had rallied from a 50-41 deficit after three quarters with a 19-10 run to tie at 60-60 at the end of regulation. Mike Lancaster put CV ahead 60-59 with 10.4 seconds remaining, but Evan Woods made a free throw with just 1.1 seconds left to tie it up and sent the game to overtime.
Woods led a fourth-quarter spurt with seven points and Einink added six points for Clymer, which earlier had lost by three points at CV.
Johnson kept th Cougars in the game in overtime by scoring seven of eight points while Clymer had 11 points in the win. He had 15 points in the first quarter and 22 points by halftime as the Cougars held a 32-31 lead.
Johnson hauled down 15 rebounds and Randy Dalaba six for Cassadaga Valley. Einink had nine boards, Wiggers and Jared Dunewold five each for the Pirates.
Kyle Ruge recorded five assists and three steals while Johnson blocked three shots in the loss. Following Johnson in scoring were Lancaster with 13 points and Dalaba with 11 points.
Einink checked out with 18 points for the winners as did Matt DeStevens while Wiggers added 17 points and Woods 10 points. Wiggers contributed six steals and DeStevens three assists.
Sherman pounds CLCS
MAYVILLE - The Sherman Wildcats (15-1, 10-0) jumped out to 16-5 lead and never looked back on their way to a 71-47 lead over the Chautauqua Lake Thunderbirds (5-12, 3-8) Feb. 7 in a CCAA West II boys basketball contest.
Chautauqua Lake cut the lead to 27-18 at the half, but Sherman came out in the third quarter and outscored the Thunderbirds 24-8 to regain control en route to an easy victory.
Ryan Robson led the Wildcats with 22 points, six rebounds, three blocks and four steals. Andrew Graham added 11 points while Devin Moorehead contributed 10 points in the victory.
Chautauqua Lake was led by Devin Pope's 11 points and five rebounds. Chandler Baker added nine points in the loss.
"We play a very good zone defense, but at times it broke down and they have good shooters," Chautauqua Lake coach Mike Putney said. "Big quarters hurt us and dug us a hole. Their team is tough. They put the time in and have a great program."
Wolverines need four OTs to trim Panthers
WESTFIELD, Feb. 6 - In 29 years of coaching, Westfield coach Bob North has never seen his team play a four-overtime contest.
The Wolverines (8-7, 5-4) overcame a collapse in the fourth quarter to outduel the Panama Panthers (10-5, 6-4), 71-65, in Division 2 West boys high school basketball.
With a minute to play in regulation, the Wolverines watched their six-point lead vanish as the Panthers forced overtime with the score tied, 51-all.
The teams battled to a 58-58 deadlock after the first overtime and a 62-all tie after two overtimes. After three overtimes, the score was still tied, 65-all. However, the Wolverines finally put the game away in the fourth overtime, outscoring the visitors, 6-0, for the win.
The Panthers made nine 3-pointers, led by Ricky Eddy's five treys. Josh O'Dell hit three shots from beyond the arc and Dan O'Dell hit one.
The Panthers had the final shot at the end of regulation and the first two overtimes, but could not convert.
Westfield had four players score in double figures, led by Liam Tennies' 15. Jessie Rodriguez had 13 points, Tanner Dahl added 12 and Jacob Grey finished with 11. Gray added six rebounds while Tennies had 10. Ty Bentham had a solid game with 11 rebounds and played well defensively, according to North.
Eddy led all scorers with 16 points while Josh O'Dell had 15. Greg Delahoy had 10 points and as many boards in a losing effort.
Five players score in double digits as Panthers down T'Wolves
CATTARAUGUS - The Gowanda Panthers (10-8) had five players score in double digits Feb. 7 in an impressive 82-56 victory over Cattaraugus-Little Valley in CCAA East I boys high school basketball.
The win secures at least a winning record for the first time in recent memory, according to Gowanda coach Andy Bobseine.
Chase Williams led the charge with 27 points, inclding three treys, and eight assists.
"He had his best all-around game this year," Bobseine said. "He set up the offense. He is making himself into a pretty nice point guard for us."
Brennan Geiger contributed with 13 points while Jordan Young had 11. Carter Benton and Randy Jimerson each scored 10 points in the win.