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Lyndonville rally falls short against Akron

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 23 January 2018 at 9:58 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville’s Matt Hess grabs a rebound against the Akron duo of Mason Schultz and Adam Mietz during the host Tigers non league loss this evening.

A fourth quarter rally fell short as Lyndonville dropped a narrow 52-47 decision to visiting Akron this evening in a non league basketball game.

Trailing by 13, 46-33, Lyndonville got right back into the game by opening the final period with a 10-0 run. Nathan Poler had a layup and a jumper, Matt Hess a jumper and Zach Johnson a layup to lead that surge which sliced the deficit to three, 46-43, with five minutes remaining but the Tigers would get no closer.

Akron answered with a pair of key baskets, a rebound bucket by Mason Schultz and a jumper by Jake Siska, to go back up by seven at 50-43 with two minutes to go.

Lyndonville’s Ricky Forder drives to the basket against Akron defender Brandon Orr.

Lyndonville did pull back to within three one more time at 50-47 after layups by Hess and Forder with 1:30 remaining but the Tigers could not score again.

A late basket by Adam Mietz put a lock on the victory for Akron.

Mietz and Derek Holtz both finished with 15 as Siska and Schultz both netted 10 for Akron’s balanced attack.

Hess and Poler both scored 13 for Lyndonville as Johnson added 8, Forder 7 and Nathan Dillenbeck 6.

Akron jumped out to a 13-7 first period lead but Lyndonville answered with a 16-9 second quarter surge to rally into a 23-22 lead at the half.  Forder and Poler both scored 5 and Johnson 4 to key that rally.

However, Akron answered back with a decisive 24-10 third period scoring burst to regain the lead for good.

The teams traded baskets through the first half of the third period but Akron closed the stanza with a 10-0 run highlighted by a three by Mietz and a layup off a steal by Holtz to open up a 46-33 lead at the three-quarter mark, a deficit Lyndonville could not overcome.

Elba 53, Holley 35
Trailing 21-19 at the half, Elba used a 20-9 third period scoring surge to key a 53-35 victory over host Holley in a Genesee Region League game.

Colton Dillon and Ben Pflaumer both had a pair of threes to highlight the Lancers decisive third period rally.

Jon Boyce had a total of 16, Dillon 15 and Owen Scouten 12 on the evening to spark the Elba offense.

Patrick Bower and Andrew Moseman both scored 8, Ryan Andrews 7 and Braden Ferranti 6 for Holley.