Roy-Hart nips Albion, Medina romps

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 18 December 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Tommy Mattison puts up a shot against Roy-Hart defender Justin Heschke during the Purple Eagles narrow loss to the visiting Rams this evening.

Roy-Hart turned back a late Albion rally to nip the host Purple Eagles 55-53 this evening in a Niagara-Orlesns League boys basketball game.

Medina meanwhile romped to a 76-45 N-O victory at Barker.

Roy-Hart built up a nine point, 48-39, advantage early in the fourth quarter after a three by Ben Maynard and buckets by Andy Xapsos and Matt Borel.

A rebound basket by Justin Heschke, along with a jumper by Jacob Bruning and two free throws by Xapsos, kept the Rams up by eight, 54-46, with just under a minute to go.

However, Allbion battled back to within one at 54-53 after a basket by Evan Pappalardo along with a layup off a turnover and a three by Brady Meakin and several missed Roy-Hart free throw attempts.

The Purple Eagles though could not pull even as a free throw by Xapsos with seven seconds remaining closed out the Rams win.

Xapsos finished with 17, Heschke 12, Maynard 9, Bruning 7, Chris Anderson 6 and Borel and Tim Moriarity 2 each.

Roy-Hart’s Andy Xapsos tries to drive between Albion defenders Kory Reynolds (22) and Tommy Mattison (1).

Tommy Mattison led Albion with 18 as Pappalardo added 13, Meakin 8, Chase Hall 7, Kory Reynolds 5 and Manwell Taylor 2.

Roy-Hart led 14-11 after one period but Albion rallied into a 25-25 tie at the half.

Roy-Hart moved back out to a 41-37 advantage at the three-quarter mark as Heschke scored 7 points, Xapsos 5 and Maynard and Bruning both hit threes to lead the Rams in the third period.

Roy-Hart is now 2-0 and Albion 1-1 in N-O action.

Medina 76, Barker 45
Medina roared out to a 16-0 first quarter lead and went on to defeat host Barker 76-45 to go to 2-0 in N-O competition.

Jalin Cooper scored 9 to lead the Mustangs first quarter uprising.

Medina went on to hold leads of 35-18 at the half and 58-36 at the three-quarter mark.

Cooper, Tyler Ames and Jared Zinkievich each tallied 4 in the second quarter.

Cooper and Daryl Haynes then both netted 6 in the third.

Albion’s Evan Pappalardo drives by Roy-Hart defender Chris Anderson.

Cooper finished with 23 points and 15 rebounds and Ames 16 points and 14 rebounds.

Justin Morgan added 8 points, Brad McPherson 7 and Haynes and Zinkievich 6 each for the Mustangs.

Nate Luckman scored 21 and Eddie Wasnock 11 for Barker which is now 1-1 in N-O action.

Wilson 55, CSAT 36
Wilson improved to 2-1 in N-O competition by posting a 55-36 win over CSAT which slips to 0-2.

Ryan Bradley poured in 27 points to spearhead the attack for Wilson which led 14-8 after one period, 24-13 at the half and 38-17 at the three-quarter mark.