Fast start sparks Panthers past Rams

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 17 February 2021 at 8:27 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Roy-Hart’s Rhett Goodwin goes in for a layup as Zach Snow defends for Newfane during this evening’s Niagara-Orleans League game at Roy-Hart.

Exploding out to a 20 point first quarter lead, Newfane went on to defeat Roy-Hart 71-54 in a Niagara-Orleans League make-up boys basketball game this evening.

Jeremy Foltz scored a game high 21 points and Zach Snow added 18 to spearhead the Newfane attack as Tyler Oudette added 11, Cade Littman 10, Michael Carmer 6 and Trevor Heschke 5.

Aiden Petrie led Roy-Hart with 18 as Rhett Goodwin had 12, Tom Ragonese 10, Vincent Buscarino and John Conley 5 each and Gavyn Boyle and Jordan Terwilliger 2.

Snow scored 8, Littman 6 and Carmer 4 in the decisive opening quarter to spark the ball hawking Panthers out to a commanding 26-6 lead.

Newfane maintained a 14 point, 37-24, lead at the half as Foltz scored nine in the second period including a three.

Six different players then contributed a basket in the third quarter as Newfane held a 16 point, 52-36 advantage at the three-quarter mark.

Roy-Hart did cut the deficit to nine, 54-45, early in the final period after layups by Buscarino and Petrie followed by a three by Conley but Newfane answered with a three by Oudette and a layup by Foltz to quickly go back up by 13 at 61-48.

Back-to-back rebound baskets by Petrie and Ragonese again pulled Roy-Hart to within nine at 61-52 with just over three minutes to go.

However, the Rams could get no closer as Newfane locked up the win by closing with a 10-2 run including six by Snow.

Newfane is now 2-0 and Roy-Hart 1-1 in N-O action.

N-O competition continues on Friday with Roy-Hart at Barker, Albion at Medina and Akron at Wilson.

N-O Standings: Medina 2-0, Newfane 2-0, Roy-Hart 1-1, Wilson 1-1, Akron 0-1, Albion 0-1, Barker 0-2,

Gavyn Boyle goes up for a shot for Roy-Hart against Newfane defender Zach Snow.