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Chautauqua Lake unable to stay with undefeated Huskies

February 18, 2016
Westfield Republican

(Feb. 11) - The undefeated Olean Huskies showed their dominance Thursday with a 78-36 victory over Chautauqua Lake on Thursday in CCAA West 1 boys high school basketball.

Olean made 30 shots from the field, including 13 treys. Monty Shoemaker connected on seven shots from beyond the arc for a game-high 21 points.

"They are a great team - simple as that," Chautauqua Lake coach Michael Putney said. "If you don't play your 'A' game, you will end up on the bad end. Over there, we played one great quarter. Same thing happened (Thursday). You can't do that and expect a win. They have great players. Shoemaker can shoot lights out. It didn't matter what defense we threw at him."

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Chautauqua Lake’s Nate Hammond avoids Olean defenders during a Feb. 11 CCAA West 1 boys high school basketball game.

The Huskies held a 22-6 lead after the first quarter. However, the Thunderbirds played toe to toe with the visitors in the second quarter, as both teams scored 18 points.

Olean owned the second half as it outscored Chautauqua Lake, 38-12.

"They play great defense and they are in your face," Putney said. "We missed a lot of easy opportunities. Some wide open shots, we missed. We have to knock those down. I told the guys, the postseason starts (today). But that's why we play in a tough division, because we know we will have tough teams in the postseason."

Ben Eckstrom had 18 points for Olean while Elijah Ramadhan had 10.

Chautauqua Lake was led by Carter Davidson's 10 points.

Silver Creek edges

Westfield, 46-38

(Feb. 12) - The Westfield Wolverines (6-14) shot just 23 percent from the field in allowing the Silver Creek Black Knights (13-7) to escape with a 46-38 victory in non-league boys high school basketball.

The Black Knights were clinging to a 14-10 lead in the first quarter, but Trevon Thompson drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the visitors a 17-10 advantage after eight minutes. Silver Creek led 28-18 at halftime.

In the third quarter, the Wolverines made a run as they closed the gap, 37-33. However, turnovers led to Silver Creek points as the Black Knights pushed the lead to eight and never let it go the rest of the way.

"We lost by 30 the last time we played them at their place," Westfield coach Bob North said. "Defensively, we were solid. Offensively, we shot 23 percent. You're not going to beat a good team shooting that. They have some big guys inside that change your shot, but we have to shoot better. If we can play tough enough defense, we will be in every game. Hopefully going into playoffs, if we can defend and make shots, we have a good chance. Everyone is 0-0 now. I hope our defense keeps us in games until our offense can find a groove."

Thompson led Silver Creek with 15 points and 18 rebounds while Jake Lewis had 12 points and 20 boards.

Shawn Horr was Westfield's leading scorer with 11 points. Joey Quagliana had eight rebounds in defeat.

Brocton's seniors lead Bulldogs to victory

BROCTON (Feb. 11) - The Brocton Bulldogs were led by their six seniors as they all scored to help defeat the Cassadaga Valley Cougars, 55-32, Thursday in CCAA West 2 boys high school basketball.

Seniors Ally Schichtel, Steve Krystofiak, Ryan Johnson, Aaron Riforgiato, Alec Chelton and Seth Paterson all scored.

Riforgiato led the way with 18 points while Krystofiak had 13. Johnson had two, Chelton had three, Paterson had four and Schichtel drained a 3-pointer.

Senior Nathan Dunn was a member of the team, but was unable to play due to the flu.

"This team has shown improvement from our two league wins last year," Brocton coach Matt Seiberg said. "I hope our younger group buys in like this senior group has. Losing this group of seniors, someone will have to step up next year. I have had this group since they were freshmen. It's nice to have a great regular season, but they know our goals aren't met yet. They want to be competitive in the postseason."

The Bulldogs outscored the visitors in every quarter, as they took a 28-17 lead into halftime and cemented the victory with a 15-4 fourth-quarter run.

"We had good ball movement," Seiberg said. "It was a big game for us for power points. We needed a win to tie Sherman in the standings. It was a big game. Overall, we couldn't have played much better."

Krystofiak got the offense going, scoring all 10 of Brocton's points in the opening frame.

"He helped to get everyone to loosen up on Senior Night and we were able to get everyone involved after that," Seiberg noted. "Riforgiato, you could tell he played more loose. If I can get Steve and Aaron to play like that, we will hopefully be able to score more than we have been."

Riforgiato and Krystofiak combined for 24 rebounds and Krystofiak had eight blocks. Chelton had five assists.

Brandon Chamerblain led the Cougars with nine points and 16 rebounds. Connor Crabtree had seven boards while Will Borkowski had four assists and as many steals in a losing effort.

Sherman defeats

Cassadaga Valley

SINCLAIRVILLE (Feb. 9) - Jared Gleason scored 16 of his game-high 22 points in the second half to help Sherman down Cassadaga Valley, 63-52.

Gleason also grabbed eight rebounds and added four steals for the Wildcats (11-9, 7-5), who led 29-19 at halftime and 46-29 after three quarters.

Chris Robson chipped in with 15 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals for the winners. Ty Prarom brought down six boards.

The Cougars (2-17, 0-12) were led by Shane Parsons with 18 points and Tyler Simpson added 11. Brandon Chamberlin grabbed 10 rebounds, Connor Crabtree had eight, and Will Borkowski dished out four assists.

Wolverines fall to Frewsburg, 56-49

FREWSBURG (Feb. 10) - Cordell O'Brien had three 3-pointers in the first quarter as Frewsburg built a 17-10 lead en route to a 56-49 CCAA West 2 boys basketball win Wednesday over Westfield.

The Bears (13-6, 7-5) led 32-22 at halftime behind 12 of O'Brien's game-high 18 points.

Westfield (6-13, 4-8) trailed 45-30 entering the final eight minutes, but made a game of it behind two 3-pointers from Shawn Horr and another by Max Bates.

"They hit some threes and we just turned the ball over," Frewsburg coach Tom Nelson said. "It shouldn't have been that close. They hung around."

Matt Hair and Kole Brink both had 11 points with Hair grabbing 12 rebounds and Brink handing out five assists to go along with four steals for the Bears.

Horr led the Wolverines with 13 points while Trevor North dished out 11 assists.

Clymer done in by Bears' hot shooting

CLYMER (Feb. 9) - Red-hot shooting carried Frewsburg (6-5, 12-6) past Clymer, 62-43.

The Bears hit a torrid 22-of-37 from the field for 62 percent and 16-of-22 from the foul line for 73 percent en route to the win over the Pirates (5-7, 7-12).

Cordell O'Brien had the hot hand for the visitors with 25 points, including eight points in the first quarter when the Bears built up an 18-5 margin. The closest that Clymer got was eight points in the second half.

O'Brien wound up with 14 points by halftime as the Bears held a 32-24 lead. He also had 12 rebounds to pace the Bears and Matt Hair added nine rebounds.

Hair contributed 14 points and Kole Brink 12 in the win.

Dylan Neckers scored 16 points with four 3-pointers, Adam Honey chipped with 11 points and Josh Summers had nine for Clymer, which shot 17-of-56 from the field.

Honey had three assists and three steals for the Pirates as well.

Strong second half spurs Westfield to win

WESTFIELD (Feb. 9) - The Westfield Wolverines (6-11, 4-7) shook off a rough second quarter by outscoring Brocton (14-5, 6-5), 23-16, in the second half for a 36-35 win.

The Wolverines jumped out to an 11-9 lead after the first quarter, but fell behind 19-13 heading into halftime, before they found their offense again in the second half to earn the win.

Leading the way for Westfield was Trevor North, who had a team-high 10 points to go with five rebounds and four assists. Also for Westfield, Greg Schroeder had eight points while David Grayson chipped in seven points.

For Brocton, Garrett McFadden had a game-high 12 points on four 3-pointers while Steven Krystofiak charted eight points. Also for the Bulldogs, Aaron Riforgiat had a game-high 10 rebounds.



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