Mustang cagers roll past rival Purple Eagles

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 January 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo By Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Munjie Brown puts up a shot over Albion defenders Des Blackmon (21) and Ryan Fannin (10) during the Mustangs home court victory over the Purple Eagles this evening.

Taking charge with a big second quarter scoring burst, Medina went on to defeat visiting rival Albion 74-49 this evening to make it six straight Niagara-Orleans League boys basketball victories.

Munjie Brown scored a game high 20 and Dylan Lewis 13 to lead a parade of 10 Medina point getters.

Jason Hellwig and Cedric Griffith both added 8, Kevin Arnold 7, Ben McPherson, Adam Hoot, Josh Cuadrado and Brennan Zinkievich 4 and David Garrow 2 as the Mustangs improve to 8-2 in the league and 11-3 overall.

Ryan Fannin scored 11, Des Blackmon and Alex Bison 10 each for Albion which slips to 5-6, 6-9.

Connor Barleben added 7 for the Purple Eagles as Austin Loyd, Clayton Stanton and Andrew Burroughs each chipped in with 3 and Manny Thompson 2.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Ryan Fannin grabs off a rebound for Albion as Dylan Lewis moves in for Medina.

Leading by a narrow 19-18 margin at the end of the first quarter, Medina started the second period with a key 15-0 run to break the contest open.

Back-to-back buckets off turnovers by Brown and McPherson ignited that key uprising which also featured a three by Lewis, two layups by Griffith and one by McPherson as the Mustangs pulled away to a 34-18 advantage.

The Mustangs maintained a 16 point, 43-27, lead at the half after a three and a layup by Lewis, a rebound bucket by Brown and a layup off a turnover by Hellwig.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Ben McPherson puts up a shot for the Mustangs as Connor Barleben defends for the Purple Eagles.

Medina boosted its advantage to as much as 25, 59-34, late in the third quarter as threes by Hellwig and Arnold highlighted a 16-7 run.

The Mustangs maintained a commanding 20 point, 59-39, advantage at the three-quarter mark and the Purple Eagles could get no closer than 19 down the stretch.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Barleben puts up a shot over Medina’s Jason Hellwig.

Barker 68 CSAT 42
Undefeated (10-0, 14-0) Barker maintained a two game N-O lead by downing visiting defending champion CSAT 68-42.

Jacob Haight scored a game high 24 points, Christopher Sweeney and Bryce Moeller 13 and Mitch Luckman 10 to lead the way for Barker.

Trailing 18-14 after one period, Barker outscored CSAT 40-20 over the middle two periods to take control.

Haight and Sweeney both scored seven to key a 20-10 second period burst which rallied the Raiders into a 34-28 half-time advantage.

Barker boosted the lead to 16, 54-38, at the three-quarter mark as nine points by Haight led another 20-10 run.

The loss drops CSAT to 4-6.

Roy-Hart 54, Newfane 51
Improving to 6-4 in N-O action, Roy-Hart trimmed visiting Newfane (3-8) 54-51.

Alex Stoddard scored a game high 16, Andy Xapsos 13, Cody Breedlove and DeRon Woods 9 each to spark Roy-Hart which led 17-15 after one quarter, 29-24 at the half and 40-36 at the three-quarter mark.

Josh Kneeland led Newfane with 13.

Wilson 45, Akron 39
Kyle Bradley scored 15, Joe Littere 12 and Evan Shank 10 to lead Wilson (4-6) to a 45-39 victory over host Akron (1-9).

Noah Diebel scored 15 and Brendan Weierheiser 11 for Akron.