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Large veteran group leads Purple Eagles

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 20 November 2018 at 3:40 pm

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Albion Coach Dave Kozar meets here with the Purple Eagles veteran contingent. In front are Xavier Cornick, Vincent Zona and Bryce Pritchard. In back are Deyonci Farley, Kevin Hillman, Coach Kozar, Liam Ward and Dylan Fox.

Boasting a good nucleus of seven returnees, Albion is looking to improve upon last year’s 6-6 Niagara-Orleans League and 8-14 overall basketball record.

The Purple Eagles returnees include seniors Bryce Pritchard and Vincent Zona along with juniors Liam Ward, Kevin Hillman, Deyonci Farley, Dylan Fox and Xavier Cornick.

Farley, who earned second team N-O All-League honors, led the Purple Eagles in scoring with 265 points (12.0 average) and 243 rebounds.

Ward had 264 points (12.0 ave.) and 86 rebounds and Pritchard 232 points (10.5 ave.) and 131 rebounds. Both players earned N-O All-League Honorable mention.

The Purple Eagles are also looking to senior Jonathan DePuy along with juniors Michael DiCureia and Brilliance Johnson.

“We’ve got very nice experience back,” said Coach Dave Kozar. “The N-O League is very competitive but  we’re looking to be competitive.”

The Purple Eagles have three non league games scheduled before opening the N-O season at home against Roy-Hart on December 13.

Schedule
November: 29 – at Tonawanda, 6:30 p.m..
December: 5 – Lyndonville, 7 p.m.; 11 – Spencerport, 7 p.m.; 13 – Roy-Hart, 7 p.m.; 19 – at Burgard, 6 p.m.; 20 – at Medina, 6:30 p.m.
January: 3 – Akron, 7 p.m.; 5 – at LeRoy, 12:30 p.m.; 8 – at Wilson, 6 p.m.; 11 – Barker, 7 p.m.; 14 – Elba, 7 p.m.; 18 – at Newfane, 6:45 p.m.; 25 – at Roy-Hart, 7 p.m.; 29 – Medina, 6:30 p.m.
February: 1 – at Akron, 6:30 p.m.; 5 – Wilson, 7 p.m.; 8 – at Barker, 7 p.m.; 11 – at MST Seneca, 7 p.m.; 14 – Newfane, 7 p.m.; 16 – Buffalo Science, 12:30 p.m.