Medina cagers edge past Roy-Hart

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 20 December 2013 at 12:00 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Dan Brown puts up a shot over Roy-Hart’s Alex Stoddard during the Mustangs narrow win over the host Rams this evening.

MIDDLEPORT – Surviving a six minute plus scoring drought in the final period, Medina bested Roy-Hart 57-49 this evening in a Niagara-Orleans League game.

In other N-O action, Albion defeated host Wilson 49-30 and Barker romped past host Akron 83-42

Ben McPherson scored 15, Kevin Arnold 12 and Dan Brown 10 to lead the balanced attack for Medina as Jason Hellwig added 9, Cedric Griffith 8 and David Garow 3.

Alex Stoddard took game high scoring honors for Roy-Hart with 22. Andy Xapsos added 11, Cody Breedlove 5, DaRon Woods 4, Marc Roman 3 and Austin Heschke and Sam White 2 each for the Rams.

Up 10-9 after one period, Medina stretched its advantage to nine, 33-24, at the half.

McPherson hit three buckets from close range and Arnold two threes for the Mustangs in the second period which also saw threes by Hellwig and Griffith.

Stoddard netted six and Xapsos and Breedlove 5 in the period for the Rams.

Medina maintained a 12 point, 50-38, advantage at the three-quarter mark as McPherson had three more baskets and Griffith a three and a lay-up for the Mustangs in the third period.

Stoddard tallied eight points in the stanza to keep the Rams in the game.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Ben McPherson grabs off a rebound for Medina over Roy-Hart’s Sam White.

However, the lid went on the basket for Medina in the final stanza and Roy-Hart took advantage putting together a 11-0 run over the first 6 minutes to slice the deficit to just one at 50-49. Xapsis had a three and a jumper and Stoddard two baskets to lead the Rams rally.

Roy-Hart though could not pull even.

A jumper by Brown with 1:35 remaining finally ended Medina’s long scoring drought.

Arnold followed up with two clutch free throws at the 1:08 mark upping the Mustangs lead to 54-49.

Three turnovers in the final minute then dashed Roy-Hart’s comeback hopes as two more free throws by Arnold and one by Hellwig closed out the Medina scoring.

Both teams are now 1-1 in N-O action.

Albion 49, Wilson 30
WILSON – Breaking away from a 10-10 deadlock, Albion outscored Wilson 26-11 over the middle two quarters to key the 49-30 victory.

Alex Bison scored 9, Des Blackmon and Clayton Stanton 8, Austin Loyd and Connor Barleben 7 and Ryan Fannin, Manny Thompson and Andrew Burroughs 3 each for Albion’s balanced attack.
“We had a very balanced attack and we played very well defensively,” said Albion Coach Brennan Meakin.

Kyle Bradley led Wilson with 13 points, 10 of which came in the first quarter.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Roy-Hart’s DaRon Woods rebounds against David Garrow of Medina.

Albion though answered with a 9-1 second period scoring edge to take the lead for good at the half 19-11.

Barleben then scored 7, Bison and Stanton 4 and Blackmon 3 in the third period for Albion which outscored Wilson 17-10 in the stanza to open up a 36-21 advantage.

Albion is now 1-1 and Wilson 0-2 in N-O action.

Barker 83, Akron 42
AKRON – Jumping out to a 24-11 first quarter lead, Barker romped to an 83-42 victory over Akron to go to 2-0 in N-O competition.

Jacob Haight scored 8 and Bryce Moeller and Christopher Sweeney 6 to lead the Raiders in the opening period.

Barker went on to lead 42-19 at the half and 65-25 at the three-quarter mark.

Luckman scored 12 in the third period to lead a 23-6 Raiders surge.

“It was a good balanced team effort,” said Barker Coach Dave Carson.

Haight finished with 22, Luckman 19, Moeller 11 and Sweeney 8.

Clay Longwell scored 21 and Noah Dieble 11 for Akron which is 0-1.

Kendall 63, Alexander 41
ALEXANDER – Garret Love scored 14, Mookie Nauden 12 and Isaiah Brown 11 to lead the attack for Kendall in the Eagles 63-41 Genesee Region League victory at Akexander.

Brown also had 15 rebounds, Love 11 and Nauden 10. Nauden added 11 assists.

Kendall improves to 3-1 in the league and 3-2 overall.

Attica 57, Holley 39
Josh Porter scored 15 and Joe DeFelice 11 for Holley in the 57-39 G-R loss to Attica.

Corey Winter added 10 rebounds and 6 points for the Hawks which trailed 28-20 at the half and 39-31 after three quarters.