Rams score non league win over Tigers

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 8 March 2021 at 8:53 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Roy-Hart’s Aiden Petrie grabs a rebound from Lyndonville’s Russell Stephens during the Rams win over the host Tigers this evening.

Prepping for the stretch run of the Niagara-Orleans League season, Roy-Hart scored a 68-58 win over host Lyndonville this evening in a non league boys basketball game.

Aiden Petrie poured in a game high 26 points and Rhett Goodwin tallied 23 to spearhead the attack for Roy-Hart as Tom Ragonese added 12, Jon Gillings 3 and Gavyn Boyle and Joel Kubas 2 each.

Nathan Dillenbeck scored 25 and Russell Stephens 16 to set the pace for Lyndonville as Noah Poler chipped in with 9, Casey Winiecki 4, Anthony Moule 3 and Owen Mank 1.

Lyndonville’s Trenton Muck drives to the basket as Aiden Petrie defends for Roy-Hart.

Roy-Hart jumped out to a 15 point, 20-5, lead at the outset as Petrie scored 10 and Goodwin 6.

Lyndonville though cut the deficit a bit to nine, 20-11, at the end of the opening period after a three-point play and a three by Dillenbeck.

Keeping the momentum, the Tigers opened the second period with an 8-2 run on two baskets by Stephens and one each by Poler and Winiecki to pull to within three at 22-19.

The Tigers stayed within five, 31-26, at the half and closed to within four, 40-36, midway through the third period after an 8-2 run. A slam dunk by Stephens highlighted that rally which also included two layups by Dillenbeck and one by Stephens.

However, the Rams closed the period with a 13-5 run to hike the advantage back to a dozen at 53-41 at the three-quarter mark. Goodwin had two threes and Gillings one during that stretch as Petrie chipped in with a pair of rebound buckets.

Goodwin had a total of three threes and Petrie three baskets  in the quarter .

Dillenbeck and Stephens both had three baskets in the period to help keep Lyndonville close.

Down the stretch Lyndonville did rally back to within five, 56-51, with 5:25 to go  after a three by Dillenbeck and a layup by Poler but the Tigers could get no closer.

The Rams answered with a rebound bucket by Ragonese, a layup by Petrie and a three by Goodwin to regain a 10 point, 63-53 advantage with 2:45 remaining.

A layup by Poler did pull the Tigers back to within six, 63-57, with a minute to go but Goodwin countered with three free throws for give the Rams a 66-57 lead with 25 seconds to go to put a firm lock on the victory.

Roy-Hart next hosts Barker on Tuesday in an N-O contest.

Lyndonville, which will also host Akron on Friday, is now 6-5 and Roy-Hart 3-6.

Roy-Hart’s Gavyn Boyle looks to drive to the basket as Noah Poler and Russell Stephens defend for Lyndonville.