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Mustangs trim Wolverines in season opener

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 November 2018 at 8:57 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Brian Fry goes up for a layup against Buffalo Academy of Science defender Sean Johnson during the Mustangs season opening win over the visiting Wolverines this evening.

It took a late scoring burst to lock up the win as Medina downed edged visiting Buffalo Academy of Science 69-61 in a non league boys basketball opener this evening.

Leading by a narrow one point, 58-57, margin with 2:35 remaining, Medina put together a key 8-0 run to help clinch the win.

Nate Sherman had two layups and Izaiah Rhim a layup and a rebound bucket during that stretch which upped the Mustangs lead to 66-57.

A three by Wayne Vote did help the Wolverines cut the deficit to 66-61 but Jarin Rhim answered right back with a timely three-point play off a turnover for a 69-61 lead with eight seconds to go to put a lock on the victory.

Nate Sherman puts up a shot for Medina as Juyar Jones tries for the block for the Wolverines.

Izaiah Rhim finished with 21, Sherman 18, Tyler Chinn 11, Brian Fry 10, Jarin Rhim 7 and Vincent Montague 2 for the Mustangs.

The Wolverines, which went the entire game with an iron man five, had Ibanhim Osmani with 21, Sean Johnson 20 and Vote 18.

Down 15-12 after the opening period, Medina rallied into a 20-15 lead by opening the second stanza with an 8-0 run on two layups by Fry, one by Izaiah Rhim and a jumper by Chinn.

However, the Wolversines answered with a 12-0 run, highlighted by back-to-back threes by Vote, and went on to hold a 27-23 lead at the half.

Medina though regained the lead for good by outscoring Science 21-10 in the third period.

Izaiah Rhim and Sherman both had 8 points and Jarin Rhim 4 during that stretch as the Mustangs took a 44-37 lead at the three-quarter mark.

The Wolverines though stayed close cutting the deficit to just one, 58-57, with 2:35 remaining after back-to-back threes by Osmani.

However, Medina turned back the challenge closing with an 11-4 run to claim the victory.

Izaiah Rhim and Sherman again both scored 8 to lead Medina down the stretch.

The Mustangs next visit Kenmore East on Monday in another non league game.

MST Seneca 71, Roy-Hart 40
Roaring out to a 32-13 half-time advantage, host MST Seneca went on to defeat Roy-Hart 71-40 in a non league game.

Charlie Brigham scored 10 and Reed Albee 7 for Roy-Hart.