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Tigers best Lakers in sectional opener

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 17 February 2016 at 12:00 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville’s Nick Hinkson (12) puts up a shot as Dylan Storrs tries to defend for Hammondsport during the host Tigers sectional win over the Lakers this evening.

Combining a fast start with a strong finish No. 3 seed Lyndonville posted a 78-53 victory over visiting No. 14 Hammondsport this evening in the opening round of the Section V Class D1 playoffs.

Nick Hinkson scored 24, Eric Neace 17, Corey Hydock 13 and Eddie Schildt 10 to spark the offense for Lyndonville which improves to 17-4 on the season.

Hunter Ottaviano added 7, Zach Johnson 5 and Jacob Hoffee 2 for the Tigers which will next host the winner of the No. 11 Honeoye vs. No 6 C.G. Finney game in the quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Friday.

Ethan Bower scored 21 and Cody Kolo 13 for Hammondsport which finishes the season at 5-16.

Lyndonville jumped out to a 23-11 first quarter lead as Hinkson had two threes and a rebound bucket, Neace three baskets from close range, Hydock a three and Ottaviano a jumper.

However, the Tigers then went ice cold in the second quarter going the first 7:10 without a field goal.

Hammondsport took advantage of that drought by putting together an 18-7 scoring surge to slice the deicit to just one, 30-29, at the half.

Bower, who scored all of his points in the opening half, tallied 12 in the second period including a pair of threes.

Hunter Ottaviano (10) tries to put up a shot for Lyndonville between Hammondsport defenders Ethan Bower (00) and Cody Kolo (34).

Back-to-back threes by Jake Peacock and Kolo kept Hammondsport within two, 39-37, midway through the third period before Lyndonville finally broke away.

A jumper by Hydock, followed by a key layup by Hinkson off the steal of the inbounds pass, then ignited a decisive 12-1 scoring burst which put the Tigers back in control for good.

Hinkson followed up with a three, Schildt a jumper and Ottaviano a three to quickly vault Lyndonville back into a 13 point, 51-38, advantage.

Up 53-42 at the three-quarter mark, the Tigers quickly extended the advantage to 16, 60-44, at the outset of the final period after a seven point scoring burst by Neace on two jumpers and a rebound bucket.

A layup off a steal by Schildt and a three by Hydock upped the Lyndonville lead to 20, 67-47 with four minutes to play.

Lyndonville’s Jacob Hoffee (22) puts a shot up under the reach of Hammondsport’s Ethan Bower.

RCMCS 72, Holley 67

Trailing by six, No. 7 Rochester Career Mentoring Charter School used an effective press to key a big fourth quarter scoring surge and earn a 72-67 victory over No. 10 Holly in a Class B2 contest at C.G. Finney.

RCMCS forced 14 turnovers in the decisive final period to key a 28-17 scoring surge.
Holley had led 34-31 at the half and 50-44 at the three-quarter mark.

Nick Passarell scored 26, Dylan Hillabush 18 and Derek McArthur 10 for Holley.

Hillabush also grabbed off 10 rebounds while Passarell and McArthur both had 5 assists.

Geneseo 73, Kendall 36

No. 2 Geneseo roared out to a 38-17 half-time advantage in route to posting a 73-36 win over visiting No. 15 Kendall in a Class C2 game.

Colton Breslawski scored 12, Jacob Ramsdell 7 and Brandon Miller 6 for Kendall as Nick Manners grabbed off 12 rebounds.