Medina trims Lyndonville in Faculty Classic basketball game

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 16 March 2016 at 12:00 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Eric Valley grabs a rebound for Medina as Kevin Lasky defends for Lyndonville during this evening’s Faculty Classic basketball game at Lyndonville.

In a free wheeling, fast paced battle up and down the court and on the boards, Medina trimmed host Lyndonville 42-37 this evening in the inaugural Faculty Classic basketball game.

The many students in the large crowd especially enjoyed watching their teachers and administrators in action on the court and gave plenty of loud vocal reaction to most every shot, miss, rebound and steal.

Eric Valley led the Medina attack with 17 points as PJ Bell added 7, Jesse Mankowski 6, Dave King and Jason Barnum 3 and Chris Hughes, Mike Lepkyj and Steve Luksch 2 each.

Shane Phillips shared game high scoring honors for Lyndonville with 17 as Lee Dillenbeck and Jeff Kingsbury both added 6, Brad Hoffee and Colt Tooley 3 and Sonny Dent 2.

Lyndonville grabbed a 5-2 lead at the outset on a bucket by Kingsbury and a three by Dillenbeck.

However, Medina answered with a 10-0 run, highlighted by threes by Valley and King, to take a 12-5 lead at the end of the period.

Jeff Kingsbury puts up a shot for Lyndonville as Chris Hughes and Mike Lepkyj defend for Medina.

Medina’s PJ Bell goes to the basket against Lyndonville defender Jeff Kingsbury.

Battling back, Lyndonville opened the second period with a 9-2 run capped off by a three by Tooley, to rally into a 14-14 tie.

Medina though regained the lead for good at 22-14 as Valley erupted for eight straight points on two threes and a two.

Once again Lyndonville came battling back in the third period as Phillips hit three straight threes to slice the Medina lead to one at 25-24.

Medina though again answered the challenge by closing the period with a 7-0 run including buckets by Bell, Mankowski and Barnum to open up a 32-24 advantage.

Lyndonville did rally back to within three four times in the final period on tallies by Dent, Kingsbury, Dillenbeck and Hoffee but could get no closer.

Each time Medina countered with scores by Valley, Lepkyj, Mankowski and Hughes whose bucket made it 42-37 and put a lock on the victory.

The Medina faculty team also included Matt Albone and Dylan Jay while the Lyndonville squad also included Barry Webber, Joey Suhr, Jim O’Connor, Kevin Laskey and Jason Wilhelm.

Part of the proceeds from the contest, which was sponsored by the Lyndonville Boosters Club, will go to Camp Rainbow.