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Krystofiak double-double leads Bulldogs

December 24, 2015
By Craig Harvey ( , Westfield Republican

BROCTON (Dec. 16)- Brocton's Steven Krystofiak had an eventful Wednesday.

After rolling a 174 game and helping the Bulldog bowling team to a 4-0 sweep, the senior drove straight to the school gymnasium, threw his basketball jersey on and recorded a double-double in leading the Bulldogs to a 50-25 victory over Cattaraugus-Little Valley in non-league boys high school basketball action.

Krystofiak scored 12 points, hauled down 15 rebounds and had four steals in the win.

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Brocton’s Steven Krystofiak (13) goes up for a shot against Cattaraugus-Little Valley, during their Dec. 16 non-league boys basketball game at Brocton High School.

"Aaron Riforgiato has been our rock, but he is going to have an off night and we will need other players to step up and Steve has been good at that so far this season," Brocton coach Matt Seiberg said. "From a rebounding standpoint, he is pretty impressive. The main thing is getting him to continue to improve all year."

The Bulldogs trailed 7-2 early in the first quarter. However, the Timberwolves' shooting went cold as they did not score another basket for an 11:35 span. During that time, Brocton found its shooting stroke, going on a 25-0 run to take a 27-7 lead and a comfortable 27-12 halftime lead.

"We came out a little sluggish again," Seiberg said. "We want to work on getting out quicker. We want to figure out some way to get us going offensively quicker."

Cattaraugus-Little Valley opened the game playing a 2-3 zone defense which the Bulldogs struggled with.

"I think part was settling for 3s instead of working it inside," Seiberg noted. "The guys are learning that when you play that way, you live and die by the 3. When that turns into a cold night, you have to go inside. It changed the momentum of the game once we did that."

While the Bulldogs' offense got clicking, their defense was stout throughout as they forced 22 turnovers and were the aggressors on the boards.

"We have some nice height," Seiberg said. "When we box out and stay committed to going to the rim, we score a lot that way and get a lot of second-chance opportunities. We were getting a lot of steals. We were working on our man defense. We want to get better. We weren't giving up a lot of points, but we aren't satisfied with it."

The Bulldogs continued their strong play in the second half, outscoring the visitors, 15-5 in the third quarter, for a 42-17 cushion.

"We have played like that all season," Cattaraugus-Little Valley coach Matt Minnekine said. "We had a tough time putting the ball in the basket. We were missing a starter and another starter went down with ankle injury and we aren't deep. It's tough to come back from that. We turn the ball over too much. We are a bit out of control. The guards are struggling to hold on to a possession."

Brocton' leading scorer was Garrett McFadden with 14 points, including two treys. Riforgiato had seven points and six rebounds. Eight different players for the Bulldogs found their way onto the score sheet.

"They are a good basketball team," Minnekine said. "Their coach has them playing really well."

"We definitely are more versatile offensively than we were last year," Seiberg concluded. "The kids have worked hard in the offseason to get better at shooting. We need to find a nice balance offensively and defensively so we aren't one dimensional. It will be interesting when league play starts up. This is the first year that I have been around I am not looking at three or four powerhouses and say we have play our best game to win. Clymer beat Westfield. Westfield beat Sherman already this season. It's going to be exciting. We are on six wins now and we only had five last year. It's been a nice start to the season."

Brocton loses

at Sherman

SHERMAN (Dec. 18) - Chris Robson hit five 3-pointers en route to 20 points as Sherman (2-2) took care of Brocton (0-2, 6-2), 48-32.

Robson sank two 3-pointers in the second quarter when he and Jared Gleason each pumped in six points during a 17-8 run.

Gleason had nine rebounds, and Robson and Parks each grabbed six for the Wildcats. Robson delivered six assists and four steals and teammate Kolby Parks added 14 points to go along with four assists and four steals.

Alec Chelton scored 13 points for Brocton, which was only 6-of-24 from the foul line.

Steve Krystofiak brought down 12 rebounds and Aaron Riforgiato 10 for the Bulldogs.

Thunderbirds hold off

Falconer, 66-63

FALCONER (Dec. 17) - The second quarter proved to be the difference as Chautauqua Lake went to 4-1 overall in a Division 1 West boys basketball game Thursday.

Chautauqua Lake outscored Falconer, 24-14, in the second stanza on the way to a 66-63 win over Falconer (0-2, 3-3).

Devin Pope had nine points, Carter Davidson six and Aaron Swan fiveto lead the second-quarter rally for the Thunderbirds.

Falconer had an opportunity to tie the score but couldn't connect.

Pope led Chautauqua Lake with 17 points, Davidson and Davidson both had 14, Tyler Meredith had 11 and Nate Hammond added 10.

Swan grabbed 10 rebounds, while adding nine steals and seven assists. Davidson, Meredith and Hammond had seven rebounds as well.

Sean Nord netted 23 points, Trevor Dykstra 16 and Brandon Curtis 10 in the setback. Ryan DePietro grabbed 13 rebounds, Dykstra nine and Curtis seven. DePietro had three blocks and three steals and Curtis added two assists.

Clymer boys defeat

Cassadaga Valley

SINCLAIRVILLE (Dec. 17) - Josh Summers' 3-point shooting was the difference in the first half for Clymer Central School.

Summers hit all four treys in the first 16 minutes that gave the Pirates (2-4) a 39-30 margin over Cassadaga Valley en route to a 63-43 win.

Adam Honey led the Pirates with 17 points, Dylan Neckers added 16 and Summers finished with 14. Dylan Davis led the winners in rebounds with nine and Honey had four assists and four steals for Clymer.



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