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Mount Morris cagers oust Lyndonville

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 24 February 2018 at 9:28 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville’s Nathan Poler puts up a shot between Mount Morris defenders Justin Martin and Jansel Martinez during the visiting Tigers sectional loss to the Blue Devils this evening.

Pulling away beginning midway through the second quarter, No. 5 seed Mount Morris went on to defeat visiting No. 13 Lyndonville 69-54 this evening in the quarterfinal round of the Section V Class D1 boys basketball playoffs.

Breaking away from a 25-25 deadlock, Mount Morris closed the second period with a key 10-2 run to regain the lead for good at 35-27. Cameron Regal led that Blue Devils uprising with 6 points.

Keeping the momentum and fast breaking at every opportunity, Mount Morris opened the third period with an 11-2 run to extend the advantage to 17 at 46-29. Josh Hart had a three and a two and  Regal 4 points to key that spurt.

Nathan Hydock puts up a shot for Lyndonville as Cameron Regal tries to block for Mount Morris.

Two layups by Dylan Cicero and one by Jansel Martinez helped the Blue Devils maintain a 16 point, 54-38, advantage at the three-quarter mark.

Lyndonville could get no closer than 14 down the stretch.

Regal finished with 18, Colin Young 15, Cicero 14 and Hart 12 to lead the Blue Devils balanced attack.

Nathan Poler scored 13 and Zach Johnson 11 to lead the way for the Tigers as Nathan Dillenbeck, Russell Stephens and Nathan Hydock 5, Matt Hess, Kane Flynn and Ricky Forder 4, Bryce Seddon 2 and Brody Brown 1.

Lyndonville did jump out to a quick 6-0 lead at the outset on baskets by Poler, Johnson and Flynn.

Mount Morris though answered back with a 10-2 run to take the lead for the first time at 10-8 as Regal tallied 6 during that run.

A layup by Hydock and a jumper by Johnson did put Lyndonville back on top at 12-10 but it proved to be the Tigers last lead.

Mount. Morris regained a 16-13 lead at the end of the opening period on a pair of threes by Cicero.

The Blue Devils built the lead to 10, 25-15, by opening the second period with a 9-2 run including a three and a two by Young and a pair of layups by Hart.

Lyndonville did battle back with a 10-0 run which included a three and a layup by Stephens, a layup by Hess and a jumper by Poler to retie the contest at 25-25 but the Tigers cculd not regain the lead.

The Blue Devils answered right back with a 10-2 run to close the period and take a 35-27 advantage at the half and quickly doubled the lead to open the second half to break the contest open for good.

Lyndonville’s Zach Johnson looks to drive by Mount Morris defender Colin Young.