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Racers second half surge downs Tigers

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 8 February 2018 at 8:01 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville’s Nathan Poler puts up a shot against Rochester Academy defenders Spencer Burns and Jevonny Brown. The action took place during the Tigers loss to the visiting Racers this evening.

A big third period scoring surge keyed Rochester Academy Charter to a 71-54 victory over host Lyndonville this evening in a non league boys basketball game.

Trailing 35-34, Rochester Academy opened the second half with a turnover aided 11-2 run to rally into the lead for good at 45-37. In all the Racers outpointed the Tigers 19-8 in the decisive period to take a 10 point, 53-43, advantage at the three-quarter mark.

Jevonny Brown scored 9 and Spencer Burns 4 to lead that Racers big uprising.

Keeping the momentum, the Racers then outscored the Tigers 11-4 over the first four minutes of the final period, including 5 by Brown, to extend the advantage to 17, 64-47.

Lyndonville’s Kane Flynn dives for a loose ball as Rochester Academy’s Daniel Garcia comes in from behind.

Brown finished with a game high 23 points as Burns and Albert Tomlin both added 13 and Trevon Stringer 12.

Nathan Poler led Lyndonville with 21 as Zach Johnson added 9, Kane Flynn 8, Matt Hess 7, Ricky Forder 4, Bryce Seddon 3 and Nathan Dillenbeck 2.

Poler had the hot hand early scoring 10 points in the opening period on three layups, a jumper and a rebound bucket.  Flynn chipped in with a pair of threes during that stretch to help the Tigers take a narrow 20-19 lead at the end of the sea-saw period which saw nine lead changes.

Back-to-back layups by Hess helped to up the Lyndonville advantage to six, 29-23, three minutes into the second period.

A three-point play by Johnson kept Lyndonville up by six, 33-27, but the Racers answered with a turnover aided 7-2 run to close the period, including back-to-back threes by Stringer, to rally back to within one, 35-34, at the half.

The Racers then continued to capitalize on Tiger turnovers to help key the decisive 19-8 third period surge to key the win.

Rochester Academy improves to 9-9 while Lyndonville slips to 5-12.

The Tigers next host Notre Dame at 7 p.m. Friday in a Genesee Region League contest.