Tigers to visit Lancers in key G-R contest

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 January 2019 at 2:47 pm

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville’s Nathan Poler pus up a shot against Elba defenders Zach Marsceill and Jon Boyce during the earlier season meeting between the teams at Lyndonville. The Tigers and Lancers will meet in a key rematch for the division lead at Elba on Friday.

First place in Division II of the Genesee Region League will be at stake when Lyndonville visits Elba at 7 p.m. Friday in a key boys basketball showdown.

Lyndonville and Elba are currently tied for the Division II lead at 9-1. The Tigers are 14-1 overall and the Lancers are 14-2.

Lyndonville won the earlier season matchup at home turning back strong second half Elba rally to claim a 62-55 home court victory.

Nathan Poler scored 24, Zach Johnson 12 and Nathan Dillenbeck 10 for Lyndonville which built up a 19 point, 37-18 halftime advantage.

However, Elba came battling back in the second half to make the finish exciting closing to within seven twice in the final stanza.

A trio of players accounted for all of the Lancers points as Jon Boyce scored 26, Colton Dillon 19 and Zach Marsceill 10.

The Tigers now have a quartet of players averaging in double figures including Dillenbeck at 14.4, Johnson 14.3, Natahan Hydock 12.2 and Poler 11.6.

Both teams will have three league games remaining after Friday, all against Division II foes, including Notre Dame, Kendall and Wheatland-Chili.

Notre Dame, which at 5-5 is out of the division title race, still looks to play a huge role in determining who does win it as the Irish will host both Lyndonville and Elba.

Medina to host Newfane
Front-running Medina also faces a key Niagara-Orleans League game on Friday as the Mustangs host Newfane at 6:30 p.m.

Currently at 7-0 in N-O competition (12-2 overall) three time defending champion Medina holds a one game lead over Wilson (6-1), a two game edge over Newfane (5-2) and a three game bulge over Albion (4-3) in the N-O title race.

The Mustangs nipped the Panthers in their earlier season meeting at Newfane 50-49 in overtime on a three-point field goal by Brian Fry in the final seconds.

Both teams will have four N-O games remaining after Friday including key meetings with both Wilson and Albion.