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December 17, 2015
Westfield Republican

Hammond scores career high in CL win

MAYVILLE (Dec. 14)- Next man up is a term to describe how a team functions after a player is injured.

The same phrase can be used when describing Chautauqua Lake's offense.

It was next man up for the Thunderbirds and first-year varsity player Nate Hammond answered the bell as he scored a career-high 17 points to lift Chautauqua Lake (4-1, 1-0) to a 62-47 victory over Southwestern on Monday in CCAA West 1 boys high school basketball.

With threats such as Carter Davidson, Devin Pope and Aaron Swan, it was Hammond who shined early as he scored 11 points in the first quarter to help the home team jump out to a 21-7 lead.

"Ninty-percent of the time, we play solid team ball," Chautauqua Lake coach Mike Putney said. "When these guys play great team ball, it's scary. Swan had a great night. Nate was a presence down low. His defense was strong throughout the game. They didn't have a great answer for what we had to offer.

"Pope has had two great nights in a row," Putney continued. "Davidson had 25 earlier this season. Swan can go for 20."

The Thunderbirds increased the lead, 36-16, by halftime.

From there, Chautauqua Lake held on for the win.

The Thunderbirds return to action today at Falconer.

Pope has 30 points in CL victory over Clymer

ELLICOTTVILLE (Dec. 12)- The Chautauqua Lake Thunderbirds beat the Clymer Pirates, 64-53, Saturday night in the consolation game of the boys basketball Ellicottville Tournament.

Devin Pope tied a school record with 30 points for the Thunderbirds, a day after scoring 28 against Allegany-Limestone in a first-round loss. Pope, who had five three pointers, added eight rebounds and four assists.

"As a sophomore, Devin Pope is doing amazing things," Thunderbirds coach Mike Putney said. "Once he wants to take control of a game, he goes for it. He's fun to coach... He makes our whole team that much better."

Pope also had eight rebounds and four assists. Carter Davidson added 11 points, nine rebounds and four assists for Chautauqua Lake.

The Thunderbirds' 22-13 lead after the first quarter was the difference, with Clymer getting outscored by just two points in the final three periods.

"I love playing Clymer. They're well coached by Dan White. He gets the most out of his players," Putney said.

Josh Summers led Clymer scorers with 12 points. Dylan Neckers and Justin Svetz each had 10 points for the Pirates.



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