Purple Eagles post win over Lakemen
Ignited by a big scoring burst to close the first quarter, Albion went on to defeat visiting Wilson 59-38 this evening in a Niagara-Orleans League boys basketball game.
Trailing 4-0 at the outset, Albion put together a 17-3 scoring surge to close the opening period and take the lead for good.
Bailey Blanchard erupted for 13 points on a three, two layups, two jumpers and a pair of free throws to spearhead that uprising which rallied the Purple Eagles into a 17-7 lead.
Keeping the momentum, Albion opened the second period with s 10-3 run ignited by a three by Tony Freeman and capped off by a pair of baskets by Tyler Gibson to extend the advantage to 17 at 27-10.
The Purple Eagles maintained a 14 point, 27-13, lead at the half but the Lakemen came battling back to slice the deficit to just one at 29-28 midway through the third period after a 15-0 run on a barrage of five threes by Ben Lyman.
Albion though weathered the storm and answered back with a 13-2 run to close the period and regain a 12 point, 42-30, advantage. Two threes by Christian Doty and one by Blanchard highlighted that uprising.
Wilson could get no closer than nine, 45-36, down the stretch as Albion closed out the win with a 14-2 run which included back-to-back layups by Chris Shabazz, a three by Doty and a three-point play by Blanchard.
Blanchard finished with 21 and Doty 12 to lead Albion as Shabazz added 8, Freeman 7, Gibson 6, Jahmeek Riley 3 and Elijah Lloyd 2.
Lyman shared game high honors for Wilson with 21 on seven threes as Mike Miller added 8, Jared Jaques 5 and Evan Mahar and Justin Messing 2 each.
Albion is now 1-2 and Wilson 1-3 in N-O action.
The Purple Eagles next visit Barker and the Lakemen host rival Newfane on Thursday.