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Raiders roll past Mustangs

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 10 January 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Barker’s Bryce Moeller goes up to block a shot by Medina’s Dylan Lewis during the Raiders win over the host Mustangs this evening.

Dominating on the boards at both ends and forcing a rash of turnovers with a quick handed defense, Barker raced past host Medina 68-47 this evening to stay undefeated at 3-0 in Niagara-Orleans League boy basketball action.

Jake Haight scored 19, Mitch Luckman 18, Bryce Moeller 13 and Christopher Sweeney 10 to lead the balanced attack for Barker which is now 7-0 overall.

Dylan Lewis scored 13 and Cedric Griffith 11 for Medina which slips to 2-2 and 5-3 overall. Munjie Brown added 8, Ben McPherson 6 and Jason Hellwig 5 for the Mustangs.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Moeller puts up a shot for Barker over Medina defender Ben McPherson.

Moving on top to stay early, Barker used a big 17-3 scoring burst to open up a 17-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. Haight scored 7, Moeller 6 and Luckman 4 during that uprising.

Three straight threes by Sweeney boosted the Barker lead to 17, 28-11, midway through the second quarter. A three by Luckman and a late layup by Haight kept the Raiders up by 13, 33-20, at the half.

“We finished on the boards and inside and that was key for us,” said Barker Coach Dave Carson.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Cedric Griffith drives to the basket against Barker’s Mitch Luckman.

Barker went up by 20, 47-27, late in the third quarter after a three-point play by Moeller and a rebound bucket by Jarid Worthington and the Raiders maintained a 16 point, 51-35, advantage at the three-quarter mark. Moeller had a total of seven in the period.

Medina got no closer than that 16 point margin down the stretch as eight points by Haight and six by Luckman helped to cap off the Raiders victory.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Jacob Haight scores on a layup for Barker against Medina’s Brennan Zinkievich.

Roy-Hart 59, Albion 49
MIDDLEPORT – A big second quarter scoring surge keyed Roy-Hart to a 59-49 victory over Albion to improve to 3-1 in N-O competition.

Breaking away from a 13-13 deadlock, Roy-Hart outscored Albion 24-9 in the decisive second quarter. DaRon Woods had seven points and Marc Roman and Austin Heschke six each during that stretch as the Rams moved out to a 37-22 half-time advantage.

Alex Stoddard finished with a game high 18 points to lead Roy-Hart as Woods and Heschke both had 10 and Roman 9.

Des Blackmon scored 11, Ryan Fannin and Manny Thompson 10 each, and Andrews Burroughs and Chris Trevino 5 for Albion which slips to 1-4.

CSAT 51, Wilson 51
Defending champion CSAT edged past Wilson 53-51 on a three-point shot by Jorge Brown with just three seconds to go to stay unbeaten at 3-0.

Wilson slips to 0-3.

Newfane 56, Akron 48
Josh Kneeland exploded for 33 points and 16 rebounds to lead Newfane (2-3) past host Akron (1-2) 56-48.

Kneeland scored 27 points, including five threes, in the first half leading the Panthers out to a 31-15 advantage.

Noah Deibel led Akron with 15.