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Pope named top player in CL’s tournament victory

January 8, 2016
Westfield Republican

ST. BONAVENTURE (Dec. 28) - Tournament MVP Devin Pope of Chautauqua Lake and Franklinville's Sam Erickson both played much bigger than sophomores Monday in the championship game of the IAABO Tournament.

And though Erickson finished with a game-high 30 points compared to Pope's 20, the Thunderbirds (7-2) handed the Panthers (7-1) their first loss of the season, 72-63.

"It was a battle of the sophomores," Chautauqua Lake coach Mike Putney said. "Erickson is tough. He is a great player. Both Erickson and Pope have a knack for the game. It was fun to watch - young guys with that drive. The players feed off that. They have a very good team. They are ranked No. 6 in Class C. It was a big win for us and our program. I am really proud of our guys. It was a great Sunday-Monday tournament."

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Photos by Scott Kindberg
Carter Davidson of Chautauqua Lake shoots over Portville’s Sean Harris during the first half of Sunday’s first-round game in the Small School Division of the Cattaraugus IAABO Holiday Tournament at the Reilly Center at St. Bonaventure University.

With both teams tied, 15-all, after one quarter, the Thunderbirds took a 33-15 halftime lead and extended it, 54-38 by the end of the third quarter.

The Panthers outscored Chautauqua Lake, 25-18, in the final frame, but could not overcome the deficit.

Along with Pope's 20 points, Joel Vinciguerra had a career-best 14 points and Tyler Meredith had 10 points. Carter Davidson contributed with eight points, 10 rebounds and four blocks to earn a spot on the All-Tournament Team. Meredith also received All-Tournament honors.

Aaron Swan had nine assists while Nate Hammond had nine rebounds in the win.

"The big thing for us is our starters played well, but our bench players like Vinciguerra and Collin Sargent did a lot of little things for us," Putney said. "It really sparked us. These are results I expect. They looked at playing Franklinville as a challenge. We wanted to go after them and we did. Hats off to my team."

Davidson breaks school record for 3-pointers in 1st round win

ST. BONAVENTURE (Dec. 27) - Carter Davidson put on a show at the annual Cattaraugus IAABO Holiday Tournament at the Reilly Center on the campus of St. Bonaventure University.

The senior drained seven 3-pointers, including the final one at the buzzer in overtime, to propel Chautauqua Lake to a dramatic, 74-71 victory over Portville.

Davidson's seven treys broke a school record, and his 30 points tied a school mark.

Aaron Swan also broke a school record for the Thunderbirds (6-2) by dishing out 11 assists. Swan chipped in with nine points as well and Devin Pope added 18 points for Chautauqua Lake.

Portville (4-3) had a chance to take the lead late in overtime, but turned the ball over trying to inbound the ball, which set the stage for Davidson's late-game heroics.



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