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Mustangs even score with Panthers

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 29 January 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Munjie Brown battles for a rebound for Medina against the Newfane duo of Nathan Aurenhamer and Sam Watkins during the host Mustangs victory over the Panthers this evening.

Avenging an earlier season loss (65-57), Medina defeated visiting Newfane 74-59 this evening to improve to 7-2 in Niagara-Orleans League boys basketball competition.

Munjie Brown scored a game high 21 points and Dylan Lewis tallied 20 to lead the Medina attack as Jason Hellwig added 12, Cedric Griffith 10, Kevin Arnold 7 and David Garrow and Ben McPherson 2 each.

Chad Gilson scored 16, Josh Kneeland and Sean Costello 11 and Kyle Burdick 10 for Newfane which slips to 3-7.

Newfane did jump out to a 13-6 lead at the outset on a three and a layup by Burdick and two layups by Kneeland but Medina answered with a 9-2 run to close the period.
Threes by Griffith and Lewis keyed that spurt which rallied the Mustangs into a 15-15 tie.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Jason Hellwig drives against Newfane’s Kyle Burdick.

Keeping the momentum, Medina then moved into a 28-23 half-time advantage as Lewis had another three and two layups and Brown a layup and a rebound bucket to key a 13-8 second period surge.

The Mustangs then broke the game open in the third period outscoring the Panthers 26-14.

Brown had eight points on two rebound buckets and a pair of jumpers, Arnold seven on a three, a jumper and a layup, Lewis six on two threes and Griffith five on a three and a layup during that uprising which vaulted Medina out to a 17 point, 54-37 advantage.

Newfane did cut the deficit to 11, 56-45, early in the fourth period after buckets off turnovers by Burdick, Kneeland and Natha Aurenhamer but the Panthers could get no closer.

The Mustangs put a lock on the victory as Brown and Hellwig both had six points and Lewis four down the stretch.

The victory was the fifth in a row for Medina which is now 10-3 overall on the season.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Jacob Haight became Barker’s all-time career scoring leader this evening during the Raiders win at Wilson.

Barker 56, Wilson 34
Senior Jacob Haight scored a game high 22 points to become Barker’s career scoring leader highlighting the undefeated (9-0, 13-0) Raiders 56-34 victory at Wilson.

Haight now has total of 1,209 career points to move ahead of Bill Beilein’s 1,197 on Barker’s all time scoring list.

Mitch Luckman and Bryce Moeller each added 12 points and Christopher Sweeney 6 for Barker.

Kyle Bradley scored 13, Evan Shank 7 and Kevin Daunce 6 for Wilson which slips to 3-6.

Leading by a narrow 23-18 margin at the half, Barker pulled away in the third quarter with a 20-6 third period scoring burst.

Haight had nine points, including two threes, and Sweeney added a pair of threes to lead that uprising which vaulted the Raiders into a 43-24 advantage at the three-quarter mark.