Irish top Mustangs in tourney semifinal

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 27 December 2022 at 10:10 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Jack Cecchini puts up a shot as Hayden Groff (5) and George Woodruff (44) defend for Notre Dame during the Batavia Lions Club Tournament semifinal game at GCC this evening.

Steadily pulling away, Notre Dame rolled to a 67-37 victory over Medina in the semifinals of the small school division of the Batavia Lions Club Tournament this evening at Genesee Community College.

Jordan Welker scored a game high 21 points, Jaden Sherwood 11, Jay Antinore 10 and Hayden Groff and CJ Thornby 9 each to spark Notre Dame.

The Irish held leads of 9, 20-11, after the first period, 15, 33-18, at the half and 26, 54-28, at the three-quarter mark. Welker scored 10, including two threes, and Sherwood 8, including two threes in the opening quarter. Groff netted 8 and Welker 6 in the third stanza.

Aiden Pitts led the way for Medina with 14, including four threes, as Cole Callard had 8, Jerrell Nealy 7, Jack Ceccini 4 and Cayden Lilleby and Roosevelt Mitchell 2 each.

Medina will now face Elba in the consolation game Thursday afternoon while Notre Dame will take on Oakfield-Alabama in the title contest. Oakfield-Alabama topped Elba 69-39 in the other semifinal.

Batavia 77, Roy-Hart 41
Building up a 41-26 half-time advantage, Batavia went on to defeat Roy-Hart 77-41 in a large school division semifinal.

Jamel Johnson Jr. led Roy-Hart with 25. Rem Albee added 5, Thomas Russo 4, Jackson Webber 3 and Andrew Waters and Dan Aquilina 2 each.

Roy-Hart will now face Attica in the consolation game Thursday afternoon. Batavia will take on LeRoy in the championship game. LeRoy downed Attica 48-30 in the other semifinal.

Jason Beyer puts up a shot for Medina between Notre Dame defenders CJ Thornby (21) and Jimmy Fanara (22)