Albion cagers sweep CSAT
Surviving a bit of a scare down the stretch, Albion edged past visiting CSAT 59-57 this evening in a Niagara-Orleans League girls basketball game.
Completing the sweep, the Albion boys squad defeated host CSAT 70-63.
Kelsee Soule and Chanyce Powell each had 18 points to spearhead the attack for the Albion girls squad. Justice Nauden added 9, Sarah Metzler 6 and Mandy Covis and Jessica Raglan 4 each. Powell also grabbed off 12 rebounds and Soule 10.
Mia Jones took game high scoring honors with 24 and Inez Sullivan added 13 for CSAT.
Trailing 10-9, Albion moved on top to stay late in the first quarter on three straight layups by Powell. Soule, who had five points in the period, tacked on a late layup to keep the Purple Eagles up 17-13 at the end of the stanza.
Four straight buckets by Powell in the second quarter then helped Albion maintain a seven point,30-23, advantage at the half.
A rebound bucket by Powell,l followed by two straight buckets by Soule, boosted the Albion advantage to 11, 36-25, early in the third period and the Purple Eagles maintained a seven point, 45-38 lead at the three-quarter mark.
CSAT though came battling back down the stretch led by four buckets by Jones and two by Jordan Frasier which rallied the Lady Eagles back to within three on four occasions.
Albion though answered right back on each occasion on three buckets from close range by Soule and a rebound bucket by Powell to extend the lead back to five each time.
CSAT finally sliced the deficit to just two at 59-57 on a three by Zahra Ammed in the final half minute. The Lady Eagles then got the ball back one more time after a missed Albion free throw opportunity but could not score the equalizer.
Albion improves to 7-3 while CSAT slips to 4-6.
Albion 70, CSAT 63
Ryan Fannin poured in a game high 21 points, Alex Bison and Des Blackmon both netted 15 and Manny Thompson 11 to lead Albion past CSAT avenging an earlier season 69-47 home court loss.
Trailing 17-9 after one quarter, Albion used a 19-14 second period scoring surge to get back in the game. Fannin had seven during that stretch as the Purple Eagles sliced the deficit to 31-28 at the half.
An eight point spurt by Blackman, on four layups off four steals, in the third period pulled Albion to within one, 42-41 at the three-quarter mark.
Keeping the momentum, Albion then outscored CSAT 29-21 in a wild fourth quarter to rally for the victory.
Fannin netted 13 and Thompson 9 to lead that Purple Eagle uprising.
Fannin also had 16 rebounds on the night while Thompson had nine steals and Blackmon six.
“We’re really starting to play together and we’re playing better defense,” said Albion Coach Brennan Meakin.
Albion regains the .500 mark in N-O action at 5-5 while defending champion CSAT drops to 4-5.