Blue Devils late surge nips Rams

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 27 December 2019 at 6:24 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Roy-Hart’s Reed Albee tries to go up for a shot between Attica defenders Tyler Strong, Ayden Goll and Nick Perl during the Rams tournament loss to the Blue Devils at Genesee Community College this afternoon.

Putting together a fourth quarter scoring surge, Attica trimmed Roy-Hart 56-51 in the semifinal round of the Batavia Lions Club Tournament this afternoon at Genesee Commnity College.

Trailing by five, 43-38, at the three-quarter mark, Attica rallied to outscore Roy-Hart 18-8 in the decisive final period to claim the win and advance to Monday night’s championship game.

Roy-Hart did pull even at 49-49 on a three by Rhett Goodwin but could not regain the lead.

Attica moved back on top to stay at 52-49 after a free throw by Frankie Bisceglie and a rebound basket by Adam Bukowski.

Roy-Hart did close back to within one at 52-51 on a layup by Aiden Petrie with 1:20 to go but the Rams could not score again.

Roy-Hart’s Rhett Goodwin puts up a shot as Ian Romesser defends for Attica.

The Blue Devils put a lock on the win on four straight free throws by Tyler Meyer in the final 23 seconds.

Bisceglie finished with 16 to lead Attica as Meyer and Nick Perl both added 10. Tyler Strong 6, Drew Cusmano 5, Ian Romesser and Ayden Goll 3, Bukowski 2 and Alex Barrett 1.

Petrie led Roy-Hart with a game high 18 as Reed Albee added 10, Goodwin 7, Tom Ragonese 6, Jamel Johnson Jr. and Peyton Rhinehart 4 and Jon Gillings 2.

Rebounding from an early 9-4 deficit, Roy-Hart used a 16-3 scoring burst, including 7 by Petrie and 5 by Albee, to close the opening period and grab a 20-12 lead.

The Rams upped the lead to as many as 10, 31-21, midway through the second period and held  five point, 33-28, advantage at the half.

Roy-Hart maintained a five point, 43-38, lead at the end of the third period on late tallies by Rhinehart, Goodwin and Petrie.

However, the Blue Devils answered back with a decisive 18-8 fourth quarter uprising to claim the win.

Roy-Hart will face the loser of this evening’s LeRoy vs. Batavia game in the consolation contest at 3:30 p.m. Monday. Attica will take on the LeRoy vs. Batavia winner in the title game at 8:45 p.m. Monday.

Southtowns Tournament
Holland 60, Medina 47
Holland downed Medina 60-47 this afternoon in the semifinals of the Southtowns Tournament at East Aurora.

Jumping out to a 21-13 first period advantage, the Dutchmen went on to hold leads of 35-28 at the half and 49-37 at the three-quarter mark.

Tyler Chinn scored 13 and Nate Sherman 11 for Medina which will now face Lake Shore in the consolation contest on Saturday afternoon. Lake Shore lost to East Aurora 62-41 in the other semi.