Late surge lifts Roy-Hart past Akron; Albion rolls past Barker; Newfane tops Wilson

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 6 February 2020 at 9:37 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Roy-Hart’s Gavyn Boyle puts up a shot against Akron defender Jake Mazza during the Rams win over the visiting Tigers this evening.

Avenging an earlier season 58-35 loss, Roy-Hart used a late scoring burst to earn a 56-43 victory over visiting Akron this evening in a Niagara-Orleans League game.

Front-running Albion (9-2) maintained a hold on first place by defeating visiting Barker (0-10) 70-43 on Senior Night.

Newfane (7-3) stayed within a game of the league lead by downing rival Wilson (6-4) 61-50 in overtime.

Leading by a narrow three point, 42-39, margin with just over three minutes to play, Roy-Hart put together a decisive 14-3 run to put a lock on the victory.

A layup and two free throws by Gavyn Boyle ignited that uprising which also included a three by Rhett Goodwin, a three-point play and a layup by Tom Ragonese and two free throws by Boyle vaulting the Rams out to a 15 point, 56-41 lead.

Roy-Hart’s Reed Albee goes up for a shot as Akron’s Gavin Susfolk looks to make a stop.

Boyle finished with a game high 19, Petrie 11, Ragonese 10 (click here to see a rebound basket by Ragonese), Goodwin 7, Reed Albee 5 and Jamel Johnson Jr. and Peyton Rhinehart 2.

Mitchell Holtz led Akron with 18 as Gage Willis added 11 (click here to see a hustle defensive play by Willis), Adam Mietz 6 and Josh Mazza and Jake Mazza 4.

Akron grabbed a narrow 15-14 lead at the end of the first period highlighted by two threes by Holtz and one each by Josh Mazza and Mietz.

A pair of baskets by Willis upped the Tigers lead to five, 19-14, early in the second period but the Rams answered with a 12-0 run to close the period and rally into a 26-19, lead at the half.

Boyle and Ragonese both scored 4 during that stretch as Johnson and Petrie both added two.

Roy-Hart went up by 13, 32-19, early in the third period after baskets by Petrie, Rhinehart and Boyle.

Akron though answered back with a 14-0 run, including two threes by Holtz and one by Willis to cut the deficit to two, 35-33.

A late layup by Goodwin though gave Roy-Hart a little breathing room at the three-quarter mark at 37-33.

Akron did cut the deficit to two, 40-38, early in the final quarter after a pair of free throws by Holtz but the Tigers could not pull even.

The Rams outpointed the Tigers 14-4 over the final three and a half minutes to finally close out the win.

Roy-Hart is now 3-7 and Akron 5-6 in N-O action.

Albion 70, Barker 43
Getting point production from a dozen players, Albion bested visiting Barker 70-43 to keep hold of a one game league lead.

Bailey Blanchard scored 14 and Liam Ward 10 to lead Albion’s scoring parade as Kevin Hillman added 9, Damion Lattimer 7, Chris Shabazz 6, Elijah Lloyd and Xavier Cornick 5, Deyonci Farley 4 and Christian Doty, Anthony Freeman, Michael DiCureia and Kyle Woolston 2 each.

Evan Taylor scored 12 and Nathan Meza Ray 9 for Barker.

Albion led 17-7 after the first period, 28-13 at the half and 48-31 at the three-quarter mark.

Newfane 61, Wilson 50 OT
Deadlocked at 50-50 at the end of regulation time, Newfane outscored rival Wilson 11-0 in the overtime period to claim a 61-50 victory and take over sole possession of second place.

Sam Capen scored 16, Garrett Srock 15, Connor MacEvoy 12 and Josh Everett 11 to lead the Panthers. MacEvoy scored 5 in the overtime period including going 4 for 4 from the free throw line.

Luke Bradley scored 18 and Alex Martinez 13 for Wilson.

Newfane led 27-24 at the half.