Tigers, Eagles win Holley tourney openers

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 28 December 2018 at 9:56 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville’s Kane Flynn goes up for a shot against RAC defender Shia Patton during the Tigers Holley Tournament win over the Racers this evening.

Lyndonville romped past Rochester Academy Charter 88-59 and Kendall downed rival Holley 59-49 in the opening round of the Holley basketball tournament this evening.

Lyndonville and Kendall will now meet in the championship game at 7 p.m. Saturday. Holley will take on RAC in the consolation game at 5:30 p.m.

Lyndonville 88, RAC 59
Zach Johnson scored 19, Nathan Poler 18, Matt Hess 14, Russ Stephens 11 and Nathan Dillenbeck 9 to spark undefeated (7-0) Lyndonville to the 29 point victory.

Nathan Hydock added 6, Kane Flynn 5, Devin Rounds 4 and Nathan Neace 2 for the Tigers.

Trailing 12-10 after seven early lead changes, Lyndonville moved on top to stay by closing the first period with a 10-0 run.

Johnson had a three and a layup, Dillenbeck a three and Poler a jumper during that spurt which rallied the Tigers into a 20-12 lead.

Keeping the momentum, Lyndonville then outpointed RAC 27-17 in the second period to extend the lead to 18, 47-29 at the half.

Poler scored 8, Hess 7 and Johnson 4 during that stretch which also included threes by Dillenbeck and Stephens.

Holley’s John Mounts tries to go between Kendall defenders Dale Steffen and Derek Edick and his teammate Nick Kinmond during the Eagles Holley tourney win over the Hawks this evening.

The Tigers extended their advantage to 30, 69-39, at the three-quarter mark as Hess scored 7 and Stephens and Johnson 4 and Dillenbeck hit another three during that surge.

Kendall 59, Holley 49
A big 36-19 scoring edge over the middle two periods keyed Kendall to a 59-49 win over rival Holley.

Holley jumped out to a 17-8 first quarter lead as Matt Wilson hit two threes, Matt Skehan and Braden Ferranti each added one and Kohl Morgan chipped in with a pair of baskets.

Kendall though answered back with a big 22-8 second quarter scoring edge to rally into a 30-25 lead at the half.

Nate Warters had 7 points, including a three, Derek Edick three baskets, John Rath a pair of threes and Dale Steffen one three to lead that Eagles uprising.

Holley did pull back into  32-32 tie midway through the third period after a three by Ferranti and baskets by John Mounts and Morgan but the Hawks could not regain the lead.

Kendall answered with a 12-4 run to close the period and regain the lead for good by s 44-36 margin at the three-quarter mark.

Warters had a three-point play and a layup, Hunter Menze a jumper, Rath a layup off a steal and Steffen two free throws for the Eagles during that key spurt.

A jumper by Warters followed by two layups by Rath upped the Kendall lead to 14, 50-36, at the outset of the final period.

Holley though battled back to within six twice, first at 53-47  and then at 55-49, both on baskets off steals by Skehan but would get no closer.

Kendall turned back the challenge as Steffen, Warters and Rath hit free throws to close out the Eagles win.

Rath finished with 17, Warters 16, Steffen and Mason Kuhn 7 and Edick and Menze 6 for the Eagles.

Morgan had 15, Wilson 14, Skehan 10, Ferranti 6 and Mounts 4 for the Hawks.

In the consolation game of the Batavia Tournament Roy-Hart lost to LeRoy 52-42.

Kendall’s Nate Warters goes by Holley defenders Matt Wilson and Cody Tanis.