Hornets late surge downs Tigers

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 3 March 2021 at 10:25 pm

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville’s Anthony Moule puts up a shot over Oakfield-Alabama’s Kaden Cusmano during the host Tigers loss to the Hornets this evening.

Breaking away from a tight sea-saw battle with a late third quarter scoring burst, Oakfield-Alabama went on to defeat host Lyndonville 70-63 this evening in a Genesee Region League boys basketball lame.

There were 11 ties and 8 lead changes over the first two and a half quarters before Oakfeld-Alabama closed the third quarter with an 8-4 run to take the lead for good at 50-46. Two layups by Gaige Armbrewster highlighted that surge.

Keeping the momentum, the Hornets then opened the decisive final period with a 10-2 run to increase their advantage to 12 at 60-48. Noah Currier, Armbrewster, Travis Wiedrich and Kyle Porter all contributed baskets to that run.

Lyndonville could get no closer than six after that.

Armbrewster finished with 14 to lead the Hornets balanced attack as Ty Mott added 13, Porter 12, Peyton Yasses 11, Wiedrich 10 and Kaden Cusmano 8.

Nathan Dillenbeck took game high honors with 21 for Lyndonville as Noah Poler chipped in with 13, Anthony Moule 10, Casey Winiecki 9, Russell Stephens 8 and Trenton Muck 2.

The Hornets grabbed a 16-12 lead at the end of the opening period after back-to-back threes by Porter to close the stanza.

Lyndonville answered with a 19-14 scoring edge in the second period to rally into a slender 31-30 lead at the half.

Dillenbeck scored 7, Stephens 5 and Winiecki 4 to lead the Tigers in the second period.

A three-point play by Stephens followed by a layup by Poler upped Lyndonville’s lead to four, 40-36, early in the third period but the Tigers could not build on the advantage.

The Hornets quickly retied the contest at 42-42 and then closed the period with an 8-4 run to regain the lead for good at 50-46 at the three-quarter mark.

Lyndonville, which next hosts Kendall on Thursday evening is now 5-4.