Blue Devils down Purple Eagles in semis
Moving on top to stay with a second period scoring burst, Batavia went on to defeat Albion 60-43 this evening in the opening round of the Batavia Lions Club Tournament at Genesee Community College.
Trailing 21-17 early in the second period, Batavia closed the stanza with a key 9-0 run, including 6 by Antwan Odom, to regain the lead for good by a 26-21 margin at the half.
The Blue Devils then used a 15-7 third period scoring edge to extend the lead to 13, 41-28, at the three-quarter mark. Tee Sean Ayala had two threes and Odom three baskets to lead that uprising.
Batavia went on to lead by as much as 21, 57-36, in the final period.
Ayala finished with a game high 21 on 7 threes as Odom added 16.
Lamar Chambers scored 19 and Kory Reynolds 16 to spark Albion as Tanner Ferris added 4 and Chase Hall and Demetrius Gardner 2 each.
Batavia jumped out to an 11-4 lead at the outset as Ayala had three quick threes.
Albion though answered back with a 10-0 run, including back-to-back threes and a layup off a steal by Chambers, to take the lead for the first time at 14-11.
Reynolds tallied 9 and Chambers 8 to account for all of Albion’s scoring in the period which finished deadlocked at 17-17.
The Purple Eagles regained the lead for what proved to be the last time at 21-17 at the outset of the second period after a jumper by Reynolds and a layup off a steal by Chambers.
However, the Blue Devils countered with a 9-0 run to close the period and regain the lead for good 26-21 at the half.
Batavia will now face city rival Notre Dame in the championship game at 8 p.m. Thursday while Albion will take on Niagara-Orleans League foe Roy-Hart in the consolation contest at 6:30 p.m. Notre Dame downed Roy-Hart 47-41 in the other semifinal.