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Pope has huge night on hometown court as CL tops Falconer

January 28, 2016
Westfield Republican

RIPLEY (Jan. 22)- Devin Pope spent many days of his childhood on the Ripley Central School basketball court.

Aaron Swan can nearly jump out of the window from his house and be at Ripley Central School.

On Friday, Pope and Swan, along with six other Ripley residents on the Chautauqua Lake Thunderbird basketball team got to play a game in their hometown.

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Chautauqua Lake’s Devin Pope scores two of his school-record 33 points Friday during the Thunderbirds’ CCAA West 1 victory over Falconer.

And Pope made sure it was a memorable experience.

The sophomore set a Chautauqua Lake Central School record with 33 points and tied a school record with seven 3-pointers in a game to lead the Thunderbirds past the Falconer Golden Falcons, 84-67, in a CCAA West 1 boys high school basketball contest.

"For Devin to do it in Ripley... he was unconscious," Chautauqua Lake coach Michael Putney said. "When the ball went up, it was going in the basket. He is averageing over 20 points a game as a sophomore. He has really taken off."

Pope scored 25 points in the first half. The Thunderbirds held a 23-13 lead after one quarter and both teams scored 27 points in the second quarter as Chautauqua Lake held a 50-40 halftime edge.

In the third quarter, Chautauqua Lake scored 19 unanswered points to outscore the visitors, 23-14. The Golden Falcons won the fourth quarter, 13-11, but it was not enough.

Carter Davidson and Swan both had a stellar game with 14 points apiece. Tyler Meredith contributed in the win with 13 points. Davidson also had five rebounds, four blocks and three steals while Pope had six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Nate Hammond had 10 rebounds for the winners.

"My jayvee coach, Matt LaPorte, said maybe we should switch up our defense at halftime," Putney said. "We threw out another defense at them and it worked wonders."

Falconer received a strong game from Sean Nord, as he finished with 31 points. Trevor Dykstra had 14 points and Tavon Fisher had 12 in a losing effort.



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