Mustangs hand Lakemen first N-O loss
Moving right back into the thick of the title race, Medina knocked visiting Wilson from the ranks of the unbeaten by a 68-63 margin this evening in a key Niagara-Orleans League boys basketball game.
Improving to 9-2, Medina now trails 10-1 Wilson by just one game with three to go in the N-O title chase.
Jason Hellwig scored 23, Justin Morgan 15 and Devonte Hward 13 to lead the way for Medina. Dylan Lewis added 8, David Garrow 4, Jalin Copoper 3 and Brennan Zinkievich 2 for the Mustangs.
Kyle Bradley took game high scoring honors with 27 for Wilson as Joe Littere netted 16 and Zach Sarratori 10.
“We wanted to make Wilson earn the league and now it’s a one game lead so mission accomplished,” said Medina Coach Tom Forrestel. “It was a real nice team effort.”
Wilson grabbed a narrow 19-17 lead at the end of a sea-saw first quarter which featured a whopping 14 lead changes. Littere had 11, including three threes, for Wilson in the early gong while Hellwig netted 10 for Medina.
The Mustangs then put together a big 25-12 second quarter scoring edge to move out to an 11 point halftime advantage.
Hellwig ignited that uprising by scoring four straight baskets on a jumper, a layup and a pair of rebound tallies. Howard followed up with three threes and Morgan two giving the Mustangs a 42-31 lead at the break.
However, Wilson came battling back in the second half.
The Lakemen opened the third period with a 15-5 run, including 8 by Bradley and 5 by Sarratori, to slice the deficit to just one at 47-46.
Medina though answered with a 6-0 run to close the period on a rebound bucket by Garrow, a layup off a steal by Morgan and a layup by Hellwig to regain a seven point, 53-46, advantage at the three-quarter mark.
However, Wilson would again come battling back down the stretch led by Bradley who scored 15 of the Lakemen’s 17 points in the final stanza.
A three by Morgan kept Medina up by seven, 61-54, midway through the period but Wilson put together a 7-1 run, all by Bradley on three layups and a free throw, to cut the deficit to just one at 62-61 with 1:38 remaining.
However, Medina turned back the challenge as Lewis hit a huge three at the 1:07 mark to give the Mustangs a little breathing room at 65-61.
Two free throws by Howard, who was 4 for 4 from the line in the final period, and one by Morgan, finally put a lock on the Mustangs big victory.