Trojans edge past Tigers

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 16 January 2014 at 12:00 am

Eagles surge past Lancers

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Patrick Hinkson puts up a shot for Lyndonville against Alexander defender Zach Dunbar during the Tigers narrow loss to the visiting Trojans this evening.

For the third time in the last four outings Lyndonville came up just short of earning that elusive first victory of the season as the Tigers dropped a narrow 48-45 decision to visiting Alexander this evening in a Genesee Region League game.

In other G-R action, Kendall defeated Elba 62-45 and Holley bowed to Oakfield-Alabama 62-30.

Zach Dumbar scored 20 of his game high 21 points in the second half to spark Alexander which improves to 5-4.

Patrick Hinkson scored 10 to lead Lyndonville which of late has also dropped narrow decisions of 51-48 to Pembroke and 46-41 to Holley.

AJ Buckland added 8, Phillip Gresham 7, Ty Hrovat and Brandon Schoolcraft 5, Justin Edwards and Nick Hinkson 4 and Evan Milleville 2 for the Tigers.

Trailing 13-11 after one quarter, Lyndonville put together a 12-1 scoring burst to open the second period and rally into a nine point, 23-14 advantage. Schoolcraft and Buckland both had two layups to lead that uprising.

Alexander though answered with a 6-1 run, including a three by Collin Moran, to cut the deficit to four, 24-20, at the half.

Dunbar then got red hot in the third quarter exploding for 14 points on three threes, a three-point play and a layup, to rally the Trojans into a 36-34 lead at the three-quarter mark.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Phillip Gresham drives to the basket against Alexander defender Nelson Burke.

Lyndonville regained the lead for what proved to be the last time at 38-37 on a layup by Gresham two minutes into the final period but the Tigers could not build on the lead.

Alexander answered with a layup by Zach Laird and two free throws by Dunbar to regain the lead for good at 42-38.

Baskets by Hrovat and Edwards kept Lyndonville within two and then a three by Patrick Hinkson pulled the Tigers to within one at 46-45 with 33 seconds remaining.

However, two free throws by Dunbar then gave Alexander a little breathing room at 48-45 and the Trojans held on for the narrow win as a three attempt in the final seconds by the Tigers bounced off the rim.

Lyndonville, which slips to 0-11, next visits Kendall in a make-up game at 7 p.m. Friday.

Kendall 62, Elba 45
Leading by a narrow 27-23 margin at the half, Kendall used a big 20-7 third period scoring surge to key the 62-45 victory over visiting Elba.

Alex Sutphen scored 10 points, including two threes, and Devin Appleton added a three to led Kendall’s decisive third period uprising.

Will Condo then made good on seven of nine free throw attempts in the final stanza to help put a lock on the Eagles victory.

Condo finished with 16 points and 8 rebounds, Sutphen 13 points and Mookie Nauden 10 points and 5 assists.

Kendall is now 5-3 in the league and 5-4 overall.

Oakfield-Alabama 62, Holley 30
Corey Winter had 12 points and 15 rebounds and Zach Vaccarelli 10 rebounds for Holley in the 62-30 home court loss to Oakfield-Alabama.