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CSAT cagers rally past Medina

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 19 February 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Brennan Zinkievich (20) grabs a rebound over Cary Jackson (1) of CSAT during the Mustangs home court loss to the Eagles this evening.

Rebounding from as much as a 17 point deficit midway through the third quarter, CSAT came storming back to defeat host Medina 63-52 this evening in the Niagara-Orleans League boys basketball season finale.

Trailing by 17, 41-24, CSAT rallied to outscore Medina 16-3 over the last four minutes of the third period to get right back in the game. Dylanta Carson scored 9 to lead that uprising which pulled the Eagles to within four, 44-40, at the three-quarter mark.

Keeping the momentum, CSAT then outscored Medina 23-8 in the final period to claim the win.

CSAT quickly pulled even at the outset of the period on a layup off a steal by Carson.

The Eagles then moved into the lead for good at 47-46 on a three by Shaun Wilson.

Medina’s Justin Morgan (3) goes up and under Bryan Locke (14) of CSAT for a shot.

Medina stayed within one at 53-52 after a jumper by Brennan Zinkievich with 1:45 remaining but the Mustangs could not score again.

CSAT closed with 10-0 run ignited by a rebound bucket by Jahleel Burks and capped off by back-to-back layups off steals by Bryan Locke and Carson.

Carson scored 7 of his game high 22 points, Locke 6 of his 12 and Wilson 6 of his 10 in the decisive final stanza.

Jason Hellwig scored 14 and Zinkievich and Jalin Cooper 10 each for Medina as Devonte Howard added 7, Justin Morgan 6 and David Garrow 5.

Medina grabbed a 12-11 lead at the end of a sea-saw first quarter (5 lead changes) on a three by Zinkievich in the final seconds.

Medina’s Devonte Howard (23) puts a shot up under Jahleel Burks (10) of CSAT.

The Mustangs then put together a big 19-2 scoring burst in the second quarter which keyed Medina out to a 16 point, 35-19, halftime advantage.

Hellwig scored 10 on four layups and a rebound basket, to spark that uprising which also included a three by Morgan a rebound basket by Howard and a layup and two free throws by Cooper.

A three point play by Garrow kept Medina up by what looked to be a commanding 17 point, 41-24, lead with four minutes to go in the third period but the Eagles rallied to outscore the Mustangs 39-11 over the game’s final 12 minutes to claim the victory.

Medina, which made good on only 5 of 17 free throw attempts, finishes the N-O season at 10-4 while CSAT winds up at 8-6.

Medina’s Jason Hellwig (2) goes up past Cary Jackson (1) of CSAT.