Huskies oust Mustangs in Class B1 semifinal
Unable to rebound from a disastrous opening period, No. 3 seed Medina dropped a 59-45 decision to No. 2 Olean in the semifinal round of Section VI Class B1 boys basketball tournament this evening at Buffalo State College.
Mike Schmidt poured in a game high 26 points, including 11 in the decisive opening stanza, to set the pace for Olean as Matt Droney added 10 and Josh Bihler and Alex Weakfall 9 each.
Jalin Cooper led Medina with 18 to become the Mustangs all-time single season scoring leader. He hit a three to close the third period to break the old record of 458 which he shared with Jim Snyder (1987-89 seasons). He finishes the season with 468 points. He also finishes his career with a school record of 1,383 points.
Brian Fry added 11 for the Mustangs as Izaiah Rhim had 8, Mason Lewis and Nate Sherman 3 and Tyler Chinn 2.
Plagued by a costly combination of 7 turnovers and 0 for 12 shooting from the field, Medina fell behind 18-0 at the outset and never recovered. The Mustangs avoided a shutout quarter as Cooper hit a three at the buzzer.
Threes by Lewis and Fry, along with a jumper by Cooper, did pull Medina back to within nine, 20-11 midway through the second quarter but the Mustangs would get no closer.
Olean closed the period with an 8-3 run, including four by Droney, to move back out to a 14 point, 28-14, advantage at the half.
The Huskies extended the lead to as much as 21, 41-20, with 3:30 to go in the third period after a 9-0 run including a 3 and a 2 by Weakfall.
Threes by Rhim and Cooper did keep Medina within 12, 45-33, at the three-quarter mark but Olean wasted no time in putting the lead back up to 17, 50-33, at the outset of the final period as Droney had a layup and a rebound bucket. The Huskies went on to lead by as much as 20, 57-37, with 3:20 to go in the contest.
Improving to 21-1, Olean next faces No. 4 Newfane for the B1 title at 1:45 p.m. Saturday at Buffalo State.
Medina finishes the season at 11-11.