Geneseo tops Lyndonville for tourney title

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 December 2016 at 10:22 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville’s Eric Neace puts up a shot between Geneseo defenders Sean LaGrou (10) and Matt Robinson (24) during the Tigers loss to the Blue Devils this evening in the championship game of the Holley Tournament.

A third quarter scoring burst keyed Geneseo to a 60-52 victory over Lyndonville this evening in the championship game of the Holley Tournament.

Leading by a narrow 32-28 margin, Geenseo erupted for a 16-5 scoring burst to close the period and Lyndonville would get no closer than the final margin of 8 down the stretch.


Lyndonville’s Corey Hydock drives around Geneseo’s Matt Robinson.

Matt Robinson scored 9 to lead that decisive uprising which vaulted the Blue Devils out to a 13 point, 46-33, lead at the three-quarter mark.

Five more points by Robinson, along with a three by Daniel Kaye, in the final period then helped close out the win as Geneseo open up as much as a 16 point, 60-44 lead late.

Robinson finished with 21, Kyle Rollins 17 and Jack Ryan 10 to lead the Geneseo attack. Rollins was named the tourney’s MVP while Robinson and Kaye were both selected to the All-Tournament team.

Jacob Hoffee, who scored 19, and Eric Neace, who netted 16, to lead Lyndonville were also both named to the All-Tournament team. Zach Johnson and Corey Hydock both added 7 and Nathan Poler 3 for the Tigers.

Geneseo grabbed a narrow 15-14 lead at the end of the first period as Robinson tallied 7 and Rollins 6. Threes by Johnson, Hydock and Poler, along with a pair of baskets by Hoffee, kept Lyndonville close.

The Blue Devils upped the lead a bit to five, 30-25, at the half as Rollins scored 5 and Ryan 4 in the second period. Neace had 8 during that stretch for the Tgiers.

A three by Hoffee at the outset of the third period pulled Lyndonville to within four, 32-28, but the Tigers would get no closer as the Blue Devils answered with the decisive 16-5 run to close the period and pull away for good.


Lyndonville’s Jacob Hoffee goes in for a layup by Geneseo defender Jack Ryan.