Mustangs top Panthers in N-O opener
Ignited by a quick, ball hawking defense, Medina put together a big 41-21 scoring surge over the middle two periods to key a 65-57 victory over visiting Newfane this evening in the Niagara-Orleans League season opener.
Tyler Ames scored a game high 21 points to lead Medina as Jalin Cooper netted 16, Daryl Hayes 13, Jared Zinkievich 8, Mason Lewis 3 and Justin Morgan and Ronnie Koonce 2 each for the Mustangs. Ames also grabbed off 15 rebounds and Cooper 12.
Chad Gilson tallied 14, Zach Lajoie and Max Weber 8 and Kyle DeVoogel 7 to lead the way for Newfane.
Ames, a 6-7 senior, had the hot hand inside for Medina scoring 9 quick points in the first period on 4 layups and a free throw to help the Mustangs grab a 16-14 lead.
Utilizing a very effective pressing defense to force turnovers and key a fast break offense, the Mustangs then scored repeatedly on layups during a 25-14 second quarter surge to open up a 41-28 advantage at the half.
Hayes scored 11, including three threes, during that stretch which also included 6 free throws by Cooper along with two layups by Ames and once each by Koonce and Zinkievich.
Keeping the momentum, the Mustangs ball hawking defense continued to fuel the offense during a 16-7 third period uprising which upped the advantage to a commanding 22 points, 57-35, at the three-quarter mark.
Ames had three more layups, Cooper a rebound bucket and a jumper, Haynes a layup and Zinkievich a rebound bucket during that stretch.
Back-to-back threes by Lewis and Cooper then extended the Medina advantage to 27, 65-38, early in the final stanza.
Medina, which next hosts Tapestry in a non league game at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, is now 2-2 overall.
Newfane is 1-1 in N-O action.