Kendall cagers edge Oakfield-Alabama

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 15 January 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos By Cheryl Wertman – Kendall’s Brandon Miller (50) looks to put up a shot between Oakfield-Alabama defenders Ryan Emery (23) and Trey Nadolinski (15) during the host Eagles win over the Hornets this evening.

Turning back a strong second half challenge, Kendall edged past visiting Oakfield-Alabama 55-49 this evening in a Genesee Region League boys basketball game.

Up by 13 at the half, Kendall saw Oakfield-Alabama rally back to within four at the three-quarter mark and then to within two in the final period.

Justin Barrett hit a huge three with 1:50 to go and Brandon Miller added a clutch free throw with 47 seconds remaining to help Kendall put a lock on the narrow victory.

Mookie Nauden had 16 points and Will Condo 15 to lead Kendall as Miller netted 7 and Barrett 6. Condo also had 5 assists and 5 steals and Nauden 7 rebounds.

Ryan Emery scored 18 and Ryan Cummings 12 to pace Oakfield-Alabama.

Colton Breslawski (25) puts up a shot for Kendall ahead of Hornet defenders Emery and Nadolinski.

Trailing 17-14 early in the second period, Kendall put together a big 19-0 scoring burst to rally into a 13 point, 33-20, halftime advantage. Barrett and Jacob Ramsdell each had a three during that uprising which also included 6 points by Nauden, 5 by Condo and 2 by Miller.

However, Oakfield-Alabama came battling back with a 19-10 third period scoring edge to slice the deficit to 43-39 at the three-quarter mark.

The Hornets kept the pressure on down the stretch pulling to within two before a big three by Barrett helped Kendall claim the win and improve to 4-2 in the league and 6-3 overall.

Kendall used a 12-0 run, including a 3 and a layup off a turnover by Condo, a 3 by Colton Beslawski and a layup by Miller, to take a 14-6 late in the opening period but Oakfield-Alabama countered with a 9-0 run, including a 3 by Cummings and a layup off a turnover by Emery, to rally int oa 15-14 lead at the end of the period.

Elba 48, Holley 36

Up 20-13 at the half, Elba pulled away in the second half to earn a 48-36 G-R win over visiting Holley.

Nick Passarell scored 11 for Holley as Josh Porter added 8 and Joey DeFelice 7 for Holley.