Mustangs nip Lakemen in OT

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 14 January 2014 at 12:00 am

Purple Eagles edge Panthers

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Cedric Griffith goes up for a shot against Wilson’s Evan Shank during the Mustangs overtime win over the visiting Lakemen this evening.

Surviving a fourth quarter scoring drought, Medina outlasted visiting Wilson 53-48 in overtime this evening to improve to 3-2 in Niagara-Orleans League boys basketball action.

In other N-O games, Albion nipped visiting Newfane 65-64 in another thriller and Barker downed visiting Roy-Hart 72-47 to stay perfect at 4-0.

Wilson sent the contest into overtime deadlocked at 46-46 on a layup at the buzzer by Kevin Dance as Medina went the entire fourth period without a field goal.

However, Medina quickly regained the lead for good at the outset of the four minute overtime period scoring the first six points on layups by Cedric Griffith and Jason Hellwig followed by a slam dunk by Munjie Brown for a 52-46 advantage.

Brown finished with 21 as Kevin Arnold added 9, Hellwig and Griffith 7, Ben McPherson 5 and Dylan Lewis and Aaron Feltz 2.

Kyle Bradley took game high scoring honors for Wilson with 25 as Emmett Dinse netted 9 and Evan Shank 5.

Medina jumped out to a 15-10 first period lead as Brown scored 9 in the early going.

Wilson though rallied into a 25-24 lead at the half as Bradley scored 9 in the second period.

Trailing 35-33, Medina closed the third period with a 10-2 run on a jumper by Hellwig and a layup off a turnover by Brown followed by back-to-back threes by Arnold and Hellwig giving the Mustangs a 43-37 lead.

Medina though managed just three free throws in the fourth quarter as Wilson rallied to send the contest into overtime on Dance’s bucket at the buzzer.

The loss drops Wilson to 0-4

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Munjie Brown tries to put up a shot against Wilson’s Joseph Littere.

Albion 65, Newfane 64
In a sea-sew battle, Albion edged past visiting Newfane 65-64 to improve to 2-4 in N-O action.

Late free throws by Des Blackmon helped Albion put a lock on the victory. Blackmon had five points down the stretch as Ryan Fannin and Austin Loyd both had 4.

Trailing 39-33 at the half, Albion used a 19-10 third period scoring surge to get back in the game.

Fannin scored 6 and Andrew Burroughs 5 to lead that surge which rallied the Purple Eagles into a 52-49 lead.

Blackmon finished with a total of 16 points, Fannin 15, Loyd 13, Connor Barleben 6, Burroughs and Clayton Stanton 5, Alex Bison 3 and Manny Thompson 2. Fannin also had 16 rebounds.

Josh Kneeland took game high scoring honors with 28 and Sean Costello added 17 for Newfane which slips to 2-4.

Barker 72, Roy-Hart 47
Leading by a narrow 32-28 margin at the half, Barker used a big 29-11 third period scoring exploding to key a 72-47 victory over visiting Roy-Hart.

Christopher Sweeney scored 11 and Mitch Luckman 9 to lead that third period uprising which vaulted the Raiders into a commanding 61-39 advantage.

Luckman finished with a game high 26 points, Sweeney 18 and Jacob Haight 11 as Hayden Gooding added 6, Bryce Moeller 5 and Tristan Payne and Jarid Worthington 3.

Alex Stoddard scored 12 and Cody Breedlove 10 to lead Roy-Hart which slips to 3-2.

Andy Xapsos added 8, Austin Heschke and Nelson Andrade 4 and DeRon Woods and Aaron Metz 2 for the Rams.