Mustangs roll past rival Purple Eagles

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 25 January 2018 at 9:45 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Brendan Luthart puts up a shot against Albion defender Bryce Pritchard during the Mustangs win over the host Purple Eagles this evening. Moving in on the play are Albion’s Hunter Webster and Medina’s Nate Sherman.

Getting point production from 10 players defending champion Medina rolled to a 71-38 victory over host rival Albion this evening to maintain a share of the Niagara-Orleans League boys basketball lead.

The victory boosts Medina’s N-O record to 6-1 and keeps the Mustangs even with Newfane, a 70-48 victory over Roy-Hart. In the other N-O game Wilson improved to 4-2 with a 45-36 victory over Akron.

Jalin Cooper scored a game high 23 points to lead the Medina offense as Mason Lewis and Brendan Luthart both had 10, Alex Allis 7, Nate Sherman 6, Izaiah Rhim 5, Trenton Jones 4, Tyler Chinn 3, Jorge Phillips 2 and Brian Fry 1.

Albion’s Demetrius Gardner grabs a rebound away from Medina’s Jalin Cooper. Also in on the play are Medina’s Izaiah Rhim and Albion’s Hunter Webster.

Hunter Webster scored 9, Demetrius Gardner 8, Deyonci Farley 6, Liam Ward, Bryce Pritchard, Shyheim Jakes and Dylan Fox 3, Kevin Hillman 3 and Xavier Cornick 1 for Albion which slips two games off the pace at 4-3 in the N-O title race.

Medina jumped out to a 14-7 first period lead as Luthart tallied eight, including a pair of threes and a layup off a turnover, and Cooper added 4.

Getting excellent results all evening from an aggressive, ball hawking defense, the Mustangs then broke the contest open by outpointing the Purple Eagles 18-6 in the second period to extend the advantage to 10, 32-13, at the half.

Lewis scored 8 in the first four minutes of the period to key a 12-2 run which put Medina up by 15, 26-9. Cooper added a pair of late layups to help make it a 19 point lead at the break.

The Mustangs maintained a 17 point, 45-28, lead at the three-quarter mark and then closed out the victory with a 26-10 fourth period scoring burst including 9 by Cooper and 5 each by Allis and Rhim.

Newfane 70, Roy-Hart 48
Trailing 15-9 after the first period, Newfane used a 21-9 second period scoring surge to rally into a 30-24 lead at the half and key a 70-48 victory over Roy-Hart.

Kyle DeVoogel scored 16, Max Weber 14 and Connor Hill and Umaru Ibrahim 8 each to lead the way for Newfane.

Noah Kindron scored 18, Jake Bruning 14 and Blake Halstead 6 for Roy-Hart which slips to 1-5.

Medina’s Tyler Chinn collides with Albion’s Demetrius Gardner on the way to the basket.