Panthers post key win over Purple Eagles

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 4 March 2021 at 9:06 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Bailey Blanchard goes up for a shot against Newfane defenders Cade Littman, Connor Gunby and Zack Snow during the Purple Eagles loss to the visiting Panthers this evening.

Getting back onto the winning track, Newfane downed host Albion 58-52 this evening to maintain a share of the Niagara-Orleans League lead.

Newfane, which was rebounding from a 50-31 loss to Akron on Tuesday, improves to 6-1 and remain deadlocked for the N-O lead with Medina which bested Barker 71-47. The loss drops Albion to 4-3 and two games off the pace.

Breaking away from a 39-39 deadlock at the three-quarter mark, Newfane regained the lead for good as a burst of four threes by Tyler Oudette put the Panthers up by nine at 51-42.

Albion could get no closer than five after that at 52-47 after a layup by Tyler Gibson with 32 seconds to go.

The Panthers final seven points came from the free throw line including four by Zack Snow and three by Jeremy Foltz.

Snow finished with 19, Oudette 15 and Foltz 11 to lead Newfane as Michael Carmer chipped in with 6, Sam Capen 5 and Cade Littman 2.

Chris Shabazz scored 12 and Christian Doty and Jahmeek Riley 11 each to pace Albion as Gibson, Bailey Blanchard and Elijah Lloyd had 5 each and Damion Lattimer 3.

Snow hit two threes and Foltz had 6 points and Carmer 4 in the opening period to spark Newfane out to a 15-10 lead.

Albion answered back with a 13-1 run to open the second period on a layup, a three and two free throws by Riley along a layup by Gibson and two fast break layups by Shabazz to rally into a 23-19 lead.

Back-to-back threes by Doty and Blanchard to close the period helped the Purple Eagles maintain an eight point, 31-23, advantage at the half.

However, Newfane turned the tables in the third period outscoring Albion 16-8, to pull into a 39-39 tie at the three-quarter mark. A three by Oudette capped off that key uprising for the Panthers which also included a three, a layup off a steal and another layup by Snow.

The Panthers kept the momentum going into the final quarter keyed by the burst of four threes by Oudette to move back on top to stay.

Albion’s Elijah Lloyd puts up a shot as Brett Buccalo and Jeremy Foltz defend for Newfane.