Trojans use late surge to down Tigers

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 12 February 2018 at 9:16 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville’s Nathan Dillenbeck looks to dribble around Alexander’s Chris McClinic as Nathan Poler sets a pick. The action took place during the Tigers loss to the visiting Trojans this evening.

A big fourth quarter scoring surge keyed Alexander to a 55-37 victory over host Lyndonville this evening in a Genesee Region League boys basketball game.

Leading by a narrow 32-30 margin at the three-quarter mark, the Trojans outscored the Tigers 23-7 down the stretch to claim the victory and improve to 13-5.

Carson Wright hit three big threes  to spearhead the Trojans big late surge which also included three buckets from close range by Ryan Davis and two by Erik Sharkau.

Lyndonville’s Brody Brown tries to knock the ball away from Alexander’s Erik Sharkau.

Wright led Alexander’s balanced attack with 11 as Davis, Sharkau and Chris McClinic each chipped in with 10.

Nathan Poler scored 11 and Matt Hess 10 for Lyndonville as Kane Flynn added 6, Zach Johnson 4, Ricky Forder 3, Brody Brown 2 and Nathan Dillenbeck 1.

Late threes by Poler and Johnson helped Lyndonville earn a 14-14 tie at the end of the first period.

Jumpers by Hess and Poler then gave Lyndonville a 19-16 lead early in the second period but Alexander closed with a 10-2 run to take a 26-21 lead at the half.  McClinic scored 5 and Tyrone Woods had a three-point play to key that Trojans spurt.

Lyndonville regained the lead for what proved to be the last time at 29-28 midway through the third period after back-to-back threes by Flynn.

However, the Tigers managed just one more point over the last four minutes of the period as Alexander regained the lead for good at 32-30 on a late jumper by Wright.

Lyndonville’s scoring drought continued in the decisive fourth period as the Trojans outpointed the Tigers 21-4 over the first seven minutes of the period to win going away.

Lyndonville, which slips to 5-14, finishes the regular season at Kendall at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Pavilion 73, Kendall 64

Taking charge in the second quarter, Pavilion went on to defeat visiting Kendall 73-64 in a non league game.

Leading 22-16 after one period, Pavilion used a big 26-12 second quarter scoring burst to open up a commanding 20 point, 48-28, advantage at the half.

Nate Waters led Kendall with 20 points as John Rath added 13 and Dale Steffen and Mason Kuhn 8 each.