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Front-running Purple Eagles tame Tigers; Mustangs trim Panthers

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 28 January 2020 at 9:23 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Deyonci Farley goes up for a shot over Akron defender David Kalinowski during the Purple Eagles victory over the visiting Tigers this evening.

Taking charge with a big third quarter scoring burst, front-running Albion went on to defeat visiting Akron 48-22 this evening in a Niagara-Orleans League boys basketball game.

Improving to 8-1 in N-O action, Albion now holds a game and a half lead over runner-up Newfane (6-2) which dropped a 58-54 decision to Medina (5-4) this evening at Newfane.

Lesding by a narrow two point, 18-16, margin in the opening seconds of the third quarter, Albion broke the contest wide open by erupting for a decisive 16-0 scoring surge.

Deyonci Farley had three lay-ups and Liam Ward a three and a layup to spearhead the uprising which also included layups by Kevin Hillman and Bailey Blanchard as the Purple Eagles raced away to a commanding 34-16 advantage.

Albion extended the advantage to 24, 44-20, midway through the final period after a 10-2 run which included two layups by Farley and a three by Hillman.

Farley finished with a game high 19 points, Ward 12, Hillman 11 and Blanchard and Chris Shabazz 3 each.

Albion’s Kevin Hillman goes in for a layup as Gage Willis defends for Akron.

Jake Mazza and Gage Willis both had 6, Adam Mietz 5, Mitchell Holtz 3 and David Kalinowski 2 for Akron which slips to 4-4.

Both teams had trouble finding the basket in the first half as Albion held leads of 11-8 after one period and 18-13 at the break.

Akron did cut the deficit to two, 18-16, at the outset of the third period after a three by Holtz but Albion answered with what proved to be a decisive 16-0 run to break the contest wide open.

Medina 58, Newfane 54
Avenging an early season home court loss (58-37), Medina upended host Newfane 58-54 dropping the Panthers a game and a half behind front-running Albion.

Breaking away from a 54-54 deadlock, Medina took the lead for good on a layup off a steal by Brian Fry with 17 seconds to go.

Jarin Rhim then put a lock on the victory for the Mustangs by making two clutch free throws with 8 seconds to go.

Nate Sherman led Medina with 22 as Tyler Chinn had 15 and Fry 10.

Deuce Capen scored 11 and Sam Capen and Michael Carmer 10 each for Newfane.

Newfane held leads of 20-13 after one quarter and 28-25 at the half but Medina rebounded with a 17-6 third period scoring edge to take a 42-34 lead at the three-quarter mark.

Sherman scored 7, Rhim 4 and Chinn and Fry 3 each in the third period for the Mustangs.

Wilson 53, Barker 24
Building up a 28-13 half-time advantage, Wilson (4-3) went on to defeat Barker (0-8) 53-24.

Alex Martinez scored 15 and Mike Miller and Jared Jaques 9 each to lead the Lakemen.

Evan Taylor scored 9 and Joey Brandt 8 for the Raiders.

N-O Standings
Albion 8-1, Newfane 6-2, Medina 5-4, Wilson 4-3, Akron 4-4, Roy-Hart  2-6, Barker 0-8.

Wheatland-Chili 66, Kendall 29
Wheatland-Chili downed visiting Kendall 66-29 in a Genesee Region League game.

Derek Edick scored 15 and Mason Kuhn 11 for Kendall which trailed 29-18 at the half.

Kendall next hosts Alexander at 7 p.m. Wednesday.