Lancers outlast Tigers in overtime

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 11 February 2020 at 10:01 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville’s Noah Poler puts up a shot over Elba defender Jaykob Belluscio during the Tigers overtime loss to the visiting Lancers this evening.

Grabbing sole possession first place, Elba bested host Lyndonville 81-75 in overtime this evening in a key Genesee Region League Division 2 game.

The Lancers improve to 5-1 in the division while Lyndonville slips into a tie for second place with Notre Dame at 4-2.  All three teams have two division games remaining.

Elba never led until Colton Dillon made a three-point play with 25 seconds to go in regulation time putting the Lancers up 68-67.

Lyndonville pulled even on a free throw by Russ Stephens with 10 seconds to go and Elba misfired on two last ditch shots sending the contest into overtime.

Lyndonville regained the lead for what proved to be the last time at 71-70 midway through the four minute overtime period on three free throws by Nate Dillenbeck.

Elba’s Colton Dillon puts up a shot over Lyndonville defender Russ Stephens.

The Lancers answered with a key 7-0 run on a three by CJ Gottler followed by a layup and two free throws by Dillon to regain the lead for good at 77-71.

A layup by Collin O’Halloran then offset a pair of free throws by Dillenbeck to keep Elba up by six, 79-73, with just under a minute to go.

A jumper by Dillenbeck pulled Lyndonville back within four, 79-75, with 41 seconds remaining but the Tigers could not find the range again.

Dillon finally put a lock on the win for the Lancers by making two free throws with 11 seconds to go.

Dillon finished with 20 (click here to see 2 of Dillon’s points), O’Halloran 17, Gottler 14 and Zach Marsceill 13 to lead the Lancers as Caleb Scouten and Greyson Huntington both added 8 and Jaykob Belluscio 1.

Dillenbeck took game high honors with 29 for Lyndonville as Poler had 19 (click here to see 2 of Poler’s points), Stephens 14, Casey Winiecki 6, Anthony Moule 5 and Nathan Hydock 2.

Lyndonville jumped out to a 16-8 first quarter lead as Poler tallied 6 and Dillenbeck and Stephens 4 each.

The Tigers went up by as many as 12, 23-11, early in the second period and maintained an eight point, 36-28, lead at the half on late jumpers by Dillenbeck and Stephens.

Dillenbeck had a total of 7 in the period as Poler and Stephens both had 4. Marsceill netted 10 for the Lancers including a pair of threes.

Elba cut the deficit to three, 53-50, at the three-quarter mark on a three by Scouten and a layup by O’Halloran to end the period.

O’Halloran had 7 in the stanza, including a three, as Scouten added two threes and Huntington and Marsceill one each.

Dillenbeck scored 11, including three threes, for the Tigers in the period.

Lyndonville built the lead back up to eight, 65-57, with three minutes to go in the fourth quarter after a three by Poler who had a total of 9 in the final stanza.

Elba though answered with a clutch 11-2 run including five by Dillon and 4 by O’Halloran to rally into the lead for the first time at 68-67.

A free throw by Stephens did pull Lyndonville back into a 68-68 tie forcing overtime but Elba used a 13-7 scoring edge over that extra four minutes to claim the key win.

Dillon scored 6 and O’Halloran 4 to lead the Lancers in the overtime period.

Lyndonville’s Russ Stephens tries to shoot as Jaykob Belluscio and Caleb Scouten defend for Elba.

Wheatland-Chili 49, Kendall 36
Leading by a narrow 26-22 margin at the half, Wheatland-Chili used a 16-6 third period scoring edge to key a 49-36 G-R win over Kendall.

Aaron Lund took game high honors with 14 to lead W-C.

Derek Edick, Dale Steffen and Zach Barrett each scored 7 for Kendall.

Byron-Bergen 71, Holley 42
Building up a 34-14 half-time advantage, Byron-Bergen went on to defeat Holley 71-42 in a G-R contest.

Carson Major scored 20 and Kohl Morgan 9 for Holley.