Tigers best Eagles to win Holley Tournament

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 29 December 2018 at 9:49 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville’s Devin Rounds puts up a shot as he is surrounded by Kendall defenders Dale Steffen, Brian Shaw, Nate Warters and John Rath during the Tigers Holley tournament title win over the Eagles this evening.

Remaining undefeated at 8-0, Lyndonville romped to a 73-47 victory over Kendall in the championship game of the Holley Tournament this evening.

Rochester Academy Charter took third place honors by downing Holley 55-45.

Nathan Dillenbek scored 16 and Russ Stephens 15 to lead the Lyndonville attack as Zach Johnson added 8, Nathan Poler and Nathan Hydock 7, Jon Slingerland 5, Matt Hess, Casey Winiecki and Kane Flynn 4 and Devin Rounds 3.

Johnson earned the tourney’s MVP honor while Dillenbeck and Poler were both named to the All-Tournament team.

Nate Warters scored 14 and Dale Steffen 13 to pace Kendall as Noah Rath added 9, Nicholas Spellan 5 and John Rath, Hunter Menze and Mason Kuhn 2 each.

Steffen and John Rath both earned All-Tournament team honors.

Kendall’s Hunter Menze tries to put up a shot against Lyndonville defenders Zach Johnson and Nathan Hydock.

Combining an effective pressing defense with a fast break offense, Lyndonville took charge from the outset jumping out to a 17-2 first quarer lead. Poler scored 5, Dillenbeck 4 and Stephens hit a three to lead that early surge.

The Tigers then outpointed the Eagles 22-10 in the second period, including going 10 for 10 from the free throw line, to extend the lead to 39-12 at the half. Continuing to show good balanced scoring, Dillenbeck netted 6 and Stephens, Johnson and Hydock 4 apiece in the stanza.

Lyndonville maintained a commanding 29 point, 58-29, advantage at the three-quarter mark. Stephens had 6 in the period.

RAC 55, Holley 45
All Tournament team honoree Albert Tomlin scored a game high 22 points to lead RAC past Holley in the consolation game.

Matt Skehan scored 14 and Kohl Morgan 11 to lead Holley as John Mounts added 7, Cody Tanis 6, Braden Ferranti 4 and Matt Wilson 3.  Morgan was named to the All-Tournament team.

RAC held leads of 12-4 after the first period, 22-13 at the half and 45-28 at the three-quarter mark.

Holley though came battling back down the stretch putting together a 15-5 run to cut the deficit to 7, 50-43, with 2:40 remaining. Skehan had two threes and a layup off a steal to lead that surge which also included layups by Ferranti, Mounts and Morgan.

However, the Hawks could get no closer as Tomlin scored the final five points for RAC to lock up the Racers win.

Holley’s Braden Ferranti goes by Rochester Academy defenders Usaf Abukar and Albert Tomlin for a layup.