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Hawks edge past Dragons

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 11 December 2013 at 12:00 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Holley’s Josh Porter (2) drives against Pembroke defender Brenden von Kramer during the Hawks narrow win over the visiting Dragons this evening.

Surviving a scare down the stretch, Holley edged past visiting Pembroke 50-47 this evening in the Hawks Genesee Region League opener.

Up by as many as 19 midway through the third quarter, Holley held on at the end as Pembroke closed to within one with less than a minute to go.

Corey Winter scored 14 and Josh Porter 11 to lead the way for Holley. The Hawks also had Joe DeFelice score 7, John Bower and Zach Vaccarelli 6, Ian Penders 4 and Victor Odeychuck 2. Winter and Porter also grabbed off 10 rebounds.

Austin Cansdale scored 16 and Colin Lewis 14 for Pembroke.

Holley jumped out to a 17-6 first quarter lead as Winter scored 6 and Porter 5.

The Hawks maintained a 13 point, 29-16, advantage at the half.

The Hawks extended that lead to 19, 39-20, midway through the third quarter after a 10-2 run on a three by Porter, two buckets by Winter and a three-point play by Vaccarelli.

Holley maintained a 15 point, 43-28, advantage at the three-quarter mark but Pembroke came battling back down the stretch.

The Dragons put together a big 19-5 run, including 7 by Cansdale and 4 each by Lewis and Abraham Long, to slice the deficit to just one, 48-47, with just under a minute to play.

However, Holley weathered the storm but late free throws by Vaccarelli and Porter closed out the Hawks narrow victory.

In a non league game, Buffalo Arts nipped host Roy-Hart 61-59.

Andy Xapsos and Alex Stoddard both scored 13 and Austin Heschke 11 for Roy-Hart.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Holley’s Zach Vaccarelli puts up a shot against Pembroke’s Austin Cansdale.

Girls Basketball

Wheatland-Chili 49, Lyndonville 31
Morgan Hungerford had 13 points and 5 rebounds, Abigail Feldman 7 rebounds and 4 points and Alyssa Mahnke 4 points for Lyndonville Tuesday in the Lady Tigers 49-31 Genesee Region League loss at Wheatland-Chili.