LeRoy downs Roy-Hart in tourney contest

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 December 2019 at 8:38 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Roy-Hart’s Reed Albee goes up for a layup between LeRoy defenders Andrew Loftus and Cody Lytle during the Rams loss to the Knights at the Batavia Lions Club Tournament this afternoon at Genesee Community College.

A big turnover aided third period scoring surge keyed LeRoy to a 66-52 win over Roy-Hart in the consolation game of the Batavia Lions Club Tournament this afternoon at Genesee Community College.

Leading by a narrow one point, 34-33, margin at the half, LeRoy capitalized on eight turnovers to outscore Roy-Hart 15-7 in the decisive third period to open up a 49-40 lead at the three-quarter mark.

Ethan Beswick scored 7 and Cody Lytle 6 to spearhead that uprising by the Knights.

Roy-Hart could get no closer than four in the final stanza as LeRoy used a 17-12 scoring edge, including 6 by Lytle and 5 by Beswick, to put a lock on the win.

Roy-Hart’s Tom Ragonese puts up a jumper as Cody Lytle defends for LeRoy.

Beswick finished with a game high 24 as Andrew Loftus aded 18 and Lytle 14.

Aiden Petrie led Roy-Hart with 19 as Tim Ragonese added 11, Rhett Goodwin 10, Reed Albee 7, Peyton Rhinehart 3 and Jamel Johnson Jr. 2.

Roy-Hart jumped out to a 16-12 first period led as Ragonese netted 8 and Petrie 6. Loftus had 8 to keep LeRoy close.

LeRoy though rebounded with a turnover aided 22-17 second period scoring edge to rally into the lead for good by a slender 34-33 margin at the half.

Beswick scored 10, including the go ahead layup in the final could of seconds, and Loftus 7 to spark that surge.

Goodwin scored all 10 of his points in the quarter, including a pair of threes, to keep Roy-Hart close.

However, the Rams would get no closer as the Knights began to pull away with the turnover aided 15-7 third period scoring edge.

(Click here to see a video of Roy-Hart’s Aiden Petrie score a bucket in the 2nd quarter.)

Roy-Hart next hosts Medina in a Niagara-Orleans League game at 7 p.m. Friday.