Hawks edge past Tigers in overtime

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 18 February 2015 at 12:00 am

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Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Holley’s Zach Vaccarelli (15) puts up a shot over Lyndonville’s Brandon Schoolcraft (5) during the host Hawks overtime win over the Tigers this evening.

Pulling even with a pair of long range shots in the final seconds of the fourth quarter, Holley kept the momentum to outlast visiting Lyndonville 61-57 in overtime this evening to close out the Genesee Region League boys basketball season.

Josh Porter hit two clutch late threes, with 25 and 10 seconds remaining, to knot the contest at 48-48 and force overtime as Lyndonville missed on a layup attempt at the buzzer.

Baskets by Nick Passarell and Joey DeFelice put Holley up 52-48 at the outset of the overtime period.

Lyndonville did pull even at 52-52 after a three-point play by Eric Neace but the Tigers could not regain the lead.

Holley answered with a key 8-0 run to regain the lead for good at 60-52 with half a minute to go.

A jumper and two free throws by Joey DeFelice ignited that decisive uprising which also included three free throws by Hunter DeFelice and one by Porter.

Outscored by a wide margin from the free throw line during regulation time (26 of 35 for Lyndonville to 8 of 14 for Holley), the Hawks made good on 7 of 12 attempts from the line in the extra period to just 2 of 3 for the Tigers to help lock up the victory.

Lyndonville’s Eddie Schildt (24) battles for a last second rebound and shot against Holley defenders Joey DeFelice (5), Josh Porter (2) and Ian Penders (30).

Porter and Joey DeFelice both finished with 19, Zach Vaccarelli 10, Passarell 7 and Hunter DeFelice 6 for the Hawks.

Neace took game high honors for Lyndonville with 21, including 11 of 16 from the line. Nick Hinkson added 16, including 8 of 10 from the line, AJ Buckland 11 and Eddie Schildt 9 for the Tigers.

Holley grabbed a narrow 10-9 lead at the end of the first quarter in the contest which was close all the way.

Joey DeFelice had a three and two jumpers to spark the Hawks in the early going.

Back-to-back threes by Hunter DeFelice and Porter to end the second period kept Holley up by four, 20-16 at the half.

The Hawks maintained a slender four point, 34-30, lead at the three-quarter mark after a late 7-0 run which included a jumper and layup by Joey DeFelice and a three off a turnover by Porter.

Holley’s Josh Porter (2) puts up a shot as Eddie Schildt (24) defends for Lyndonville.

Holley upped the lead a bit to six, 39-33, early in the fourth quarter but Lyndonville answered with s 13-3 run, including 8 from the foul line, to rally into a 46-42 lead with 42 seconds remaining.

Back-to-back layups by Neace and Buckland ignited that rally which also included a jumper and four free throws by Neace and three free throws by Buckland.

In all the Tigers were 12 of 15 from the line in the period including 5 of 6 by Buckland, 4 of 4 by Neace and 3 of 4 by Schildt.

However, Holley countered from long range on the two big threes by Porter in the final 25 seconds to pull even at 48-48 and send the contest into overtime.

The Hawks kept the momentum in the extra period outscoring the Tigers 13-9 including 7 by Joey DeFelice, to claim the win in the rubber match of the season series.

The teams had split a pair of earlier contests with Holley winning the first 42-41 and Lyndonville the second 62-33.

Both teams finish the regular season at 7-12.

Lyndonville’s Nick Hinkson (12) puts up a shot between Holley defenders Joey DeFelice (5) and Chris Balys (10).

Kendall 44, Alexander 38

Trailing 33-29 after three quarters, Kendall put together a big 15-5 scoring burst in the final stanza to defeat host Alexander 44-38 in another G-R season finale.

Will Condo scored 9 and Evan Gaesser 6 to lead the decisive stretch run for G-R Division 2 champion Kendall which finishes the regular season at 12-3 in the league and 14-5 overall.

Condo finished with a total of 19 points as Gaesser and Mookie Nauden both netted 8 and Nick Manners 5.

Condo also had 6 rebounds and 6 steals and Nauden 7 rebounds and 2 assists.

Alexander led 12-7 after one period and 22-16 at the half.