Notre Dame cagers oust Lyndonville

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 28 February 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville’s Eric Neace (23) goes up for a shot as Caleb Nellis (23) of Notre Dame tries to block during the Tigers sectional loss to the host Fighting Irish this evening.

Moving on top to stay with a big first period scoring burst, No. 2 seed Notre Dame went on to defeat visiting No. 7 Lyndonville 77-55 this evening in a Section V Class D1 quarterfinal round game.

Josh Johnson poured in a game high 31 points, including 13 in the first period, to spearhead the attack for Notre Dame as Luca Zambito added 14 and Caleb Nellis 10.

Eric Neace scored 23, Nick Hinkson 16, AJ Buckland 9, Eddie Schildt 5 and Corey Hydock 2 for Lyndonville.

Lyndonville did score the first basket of the game, on a layup by Neace, but Notre Dame answered with a key 14-0 run, to take the lead for good. Johnson sparked that uprising with 12 quick points including four layups, a jumper and a pair of free throws.

The Fighting Irish maintained a nine point, 18-9, lead at the end of the period.

Lyndonville’s Nick Hinkson (12) grabs a rebound from Notre Dame’s John Sutherland (32).

A three-point play by Nellis upped the Irish lead to 15, 24-9, early in the second period but Lyndonville answered with an 8-0 run, including a three and a layup by Hinkson, to cut the deficit to seven at 24-17.

But, as would be the case the rest of the game, when challenged Notre Dame answered right back, this time with a 10-2 run to close the period, and regain a 15 point, 34-19, advantage at the half. Two layups by Zambito keyed that uprising.

Lyndonville again closed to within eight, 36-28, early in the third period after a 7-0 run on a three by Hinkson followed by back-to-back layups by Buckland, but the Tigers could get no closer.

Lyndonville’s Eddie Schildt (24) tries to block a shot by Caleb Nellis (23) of Notre Dame.

Once again Notre Dame answered the challenge, this time with a 19-10 run to close the period. Zambito hit two threes and Dylan Fix one to highlight that uprising which also included 6 points by Johnson and 4 by Nellis upping the Irish advantage to 17, 55-38, at the three-quarter mark.

The Irish quickly upped the lead to 20, 61-41, early in the final period and the Tigers could get no clot than 14 down the stretch.

Notre Dame now takes a 13-7 record into the D1 semifinals while Lyndonville finishes the season at 8-13.

The Irish also scored a 81-61 win over the Tigers during the Genesee Region League season.

Lyndonville’s Brandon Schoolcraft (5) drives by Notre Dame defender John Sutherland (32).