N-O boys extend win streak over G-R

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 4 March 2016 at 12:00 am

Photos By Cheryl Wertman – Roy-Hart’s Chris Anderson puts up a shot over Kendall’s Jacob Ramsdell during the Niagara-Orleans League’s win over the Genesee Region League this evening in the annual senior game at Albion.

Making it four wins in a row and eight of the last nine, the Niagara-Orleans League boys bested the Genesee Region League 73-67 this evening in the 17th annual senior game at Albion.

The CSAT duo of Juan Verdejo and Shaun Wilson led the N-O’s balanced attack with 12 and 11 points respectively. Chad Gilson (Newfane) added 9, Mike Snell (Barker) and Tyler Ames (Medina) 8, Manwell Taylor (Albion) 7, Justin Morgan (Medina) 6, Dylan Lewis (Medina) 4, Alex Fox (Wilson) and Jahleel Burks (CSAT) 3 and Chris Anderson (Roy-Hart) 2.

Kendall’s Jacob Ramsdell led the G-R with 12 as Josh Bradley (Alexander) had 9, Nick Perry (Attica) 8, Colton Breslawski (Kendall) and John Hocmuth (Elba) 7, Luca Zambito (Notre Dame) 6, CJ Suozzi (Notre Dame), Justin McLendon (Wheatland-Chili) and Tyler Prospero (Notre Dame) 5, Richard Flores (Elba) 2 and Zach Vaccarelli (Holley) 1.

The N-O built up a 15 point, 28-13, lead midway through the 20 minute first half after an 11-0 run spearheaded by a three and two twos by Wilson.

Three late tallies by Verdejo kept the N-O up by nine, 43-34, at the half after the G-R had closed to within five at 39-34.

Medina’s Dylan Lewis drives against Elba’s Richard Flores.

Putting together a big 12-0 run, the G-R did rally back into a 48-47 lead six minutes into the second half as Hocmuth had two buckets during that stretch.

However, that proved to be the G-R’s last lead as back-to-back threes by Snell and Gilson quickly put the N-O back on top for good at 55-48.

The G-R did close back to within two at 55-53 after a three by Breslawski and a dunk by Ramsdell but could get no closer.

The N-O answered the challenge with a key 13-2 run to open up a 13 point, 68-55, advantage.

Layups by Verdejo and Gilson ignited that uprising which also included a dunk and a layup by Ames along with baskets by Lewis and Morgan.

A three by Morgan and a layup by Taylor, which made it 73-62, helped to lock up the win.

The victory gives the N-O a 12-5 lead in the series.