Scoring drought stalls Kendall in loss to Elba

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 8 February 2017 at 9:32 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Kendall’s Brandon Miller puts up a shot over Elba defenders Jon Boyce (55), Jordan Miller (23) and Henry Pflaumer (10) during the Eagles loss to the visiting Lancers this evening.

Kendall’s John Rath looks to drive against Elba’s Ben Pflaumer.

A scoreless second quarter proved costly as Kendall went on to drop a 70-44 decision to visiting Elba this evening in a Genesee Region League game.

Elba outpointed Kendall 15-0 in the decisive second period to turn a 9 point, 25-16, first quarter lead into a 22 point, 40-16, advantage at the half. Layups off turnovers by Jordan Miller and Henry Pflaumer helped ignited that Lancers uprising which also included a three-point play by Jon Boyce.

Back-to-back threes by John Rath early in the third period finally ended Kendall’s nearly 10 minute long scoring drought but Elba answered with a 15-9 scoring edge to close the period.

Pflaumer tallied 7 points, including a three, while Collin O’Halloran and Tucker Bezon both chipped in with threes in the third period to help keep Elba in command by 28, 59-31, at the three-quarter mark.

Pflaumer finished with a game high 19, Shane O’Halloran 15 and Bezon 10 to spearhead the Lancers offense as Miller added 8, Collin O’Halloran 6, Boyce 5, Mike Bowen 3 and Joe Lane and Colton Dillon 2 each.

Rath had 15 for Kendall as Collin Lewis added 9, Nate Warters 7, Brandon Miller 6, Keaton Frietag 3 and Mickey Gardner and Hunter Menze 2 each.

Elba jumped out to an 18-11 lead at the outset as Shane O’Halloran netted 10, including a pair of threes.

Kendall did close the gap to two, 18-16, after a jumper and a three by Lewis but the Eagles could not pull even.

Elba countered with a quick 7-0 run to close the period on a jumper by Pflaumer, a layup off a steal by Miller and a three by Collin O’Halloan off another turnover to regain control by a 25-16 margin at the half.

Elba improves to 15-3 while Kendall slips to 4-14.

The Kendall duo of Nate Warters (11) and Mickey Gardner (21) battle with Elba’s Colton Dillon (12) and Tucker Bezon (3) for a rebound.