Hornets down Tigers in tourney consolation contest

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 6 January 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville’s Patrick Hinkson (12) puts up a shot over Nate Nadolinski this evening during the Tigers loss to the Hornets in the consolation game of the Holley Tournament.

HOLLEY – Steadily pulling away, Oakfield-Alabama defeated Lyndonville 66-41 this evening for third place honors in the Holley Holiday Tournament.

Hunter Spiotta, who was named to the All-Tournament team, poured in a game high 20 points to lead the attack for Oakfield-Alabama which got point production from a total of 11 players.

Patrick Hinkson, who likewise earned a spot on the All-Tournament team, led Lyndonville with 10 points. Phillip Gresham added 9 for the Tigers as Evan Millesville and Ty Hrovat both had 6, Nick Hickson and Austin Buckland 4 each and Brandon Schoolcraft 2.

Lyndonville did jump out to early leads of 6-2 and 8-5 on three layups by Patrick Hinkson and one by Milleville.

However, Oakfield-Alabama countered with a 12-2 run to close the quarter and rally into the lead for good at 17-10.

Lyndonville did cut the deficit back to three, at 20-17, early in the second period after a three by Nick Hinklson and a layup and two free throws by Gresham but the Tigers could get no closer.

The Hornets answered with a big 15-2 run to close the period and open up a commanding 16 point, 35-19, advantage at the half. Threes by Spiotta and Ryan Cummings highlighted that decisive uprising.

The Hornets extended the advantage to 22, 50-28, at the three-quarter mark as Zach Gayton scored seven points and Spiotta hit his fifth three.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Phillip Gresham (14) puts up a layup against Nate Nadolinski of Oakfield-Alabama.