Hawks nip host Tigers in thriller on a three at the buzzer for first win

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 December 2014 at 12:00 am

Lady Hawks complete sweep with win over Lady Tigers

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Holley’s Nick Passarell (25) , who hit the game winning three at the buzzer, here puts up a shot over Lyndonville’s Corey Hydock (34) during the Hawks win over the host Tigers this evening.

A dramatic long range three at the buzzer off a turnover earned Holley a thrilling 42-41 victory over host Lyndonville this evening in a non league boys basketball game.

Chris Balys stole an errant Lyndonville pass at midcourt and passed the ball to Nick Passarell who let fly with a 30 foot plus shot that found nothing but net as the buzzer sounded earning the Hawks their first victory of the season after four losses.

In the opener, the Holley girls also notched their first victory of the season by trimming Lyndonville 30-27.

Joey DeFelice scored a game high 16 points and Passarell finished with 12 to lead the Holley offense. Zach Vaccrelli added 6, Ian Penders 3 and Balys 3 each and Josh Porter 2 for the Hawks.

Eric Neace scored 11, Nick Hinkson 10, AJ Buckland 8 and Brandon Schoolcraft and Eddie Schildt 6 each for Lyndonville.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville’s Eric Neace (23) drives by Holley’s Ian Penders (30) and Zach Vaccarelli (15).

Lyndonville grabbed a 22-18 lead at the end of a foul filled first half which saw Schoolcraft tally 6, Hinkson 5, Neace and Schildt 4 each and Buckland 3.

DeFelice netted 8 during that stretch to keep Holley close.

Lyndonville upped the lead to nine at 27-18 at the outset of the third period after a three by Hinkson and a layup by Buckland.

However, Holley came battling back to within one at 32-31 after a 13-5 run which included three buckets by Vaccarelli along with a layup and a three by DeFelice and a layup by Passarell.

The Tigers did finish the period with a three point, 34-31, lead after a late layup by Hinkson.

A layup by Schildt put Lyndonville up by five, 36-31, at the outset of the final period. The Tigers then got two buckets by Neace to offset Holley tallies by DeFelcie and Passarell to maintain a five point, 41-36 advantage wit less than two minute to go.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville’s Eddie Schildt (24) goes up to block a shot attempt by Ian Penders (30) of Holley.

Holley though again came battling back.

Balys hit a three with 42 seconds to go to cut the deficit to two at 41-39.

The teams then traded a couple of turnovers in the hectic final half minute before Passarell made the dramatic long distance three at the buzzer, off the steal by Balys, to give the Hawks the wild win.

The loss drops Lyndonville to 3-4.

The Hawks next face Northstar at 7 p.m. Friday in the opening round of the Holley Tournament.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Holley’s Sam Barniak (30) goes up for a shot over Lyndonville’s Mackenzie Muck (30) during the Lady Hawks win over the host Lady Tigers this evening.

Girls Basketball

Holley 30, Lyndonville 27
Sam Barniak poured in game high 19 points to lead Holley to the narrow 30-27 win over Lyndonville.

Jade Underwood added 7 for the Hawks as Tabitha Swift and Makenzie Ferranti each had 2.

Aubrey Lewis scored 8 and Morgan Hugnerford 7 for Lyndonville which also had Chelsea Poler with 4 and Rebekah Hoffee, Mackenzie Muck, Jasmine Plummer and Leann Balcerzak with 2 each.

Holley grabbed a narrow 9-8 lead at the end of the first period which saw Barniak scored 7. Lewis netted 6 during that stretch to keep Lyndonville close.

Second period baskets by Balcerzak, Muck and Poler helped Lyndonville rally into a 14-13 lead at the half.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville’s Morgan Hungerford (33) takes a shot between the Holley duo of Emily Bailey (24) and Jade Underwood (40).

The advantage sea-sawed back into Holley’s favor in the third period as 7 points by Barniak helped rally the Lady Hawks into a 22-16 advantage at the three-quarter mark.

Lyndonville pulled back to within two at 24-22 midway through the final period after a jumper by Plummer but the Lady Tigers could get no closer.

Underwood countered with a big three-point play to give Holley a little breathing room and Swift followed up with a bucket to up the Lady Hawks advantage to five at 29-24.

Hungerford hit a jumper with 30 seconds remaining to pull Lyndonvile back to within three at 29-26 but the Tigers could manage only one more free throw over the final half minute.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Holley’s Emily Bailey (24) tries to knock the ball away from Lyndonville’s Gabby Dusett (22).