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Neckers, Honey lead Clymer to win over North Collins

February 25, 2016
By Matt Spielman ( , Westfield Republican

CLYMER (Feb. 17) - Anybody from Ellicottville in Clymer to scout the Pirates on Wednesday night was probably feeling pretty confident after the first quarter.

No. 7 Clymer trailed No. 10 North Collins, 16-9, after eight minutes of their Section 6 Class D prequarterfinal game.

But the Pirates, led by 47 points from senior co-captains Dylan Neckers and Adam Honey, turned it on from there and pulled away for a 76-54 win to set up a quarterfinal matchup with the second-seeded Eagles on Friday night in Ellicottville.

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Clymer’s Dylan Neckers (10) shoots over North Collins’ Henry Kennedy during a Section VI Class D prequarterfinal game in Clymer.

"On any night, if you get that from two ball players, then you get a couple of other guys contributing, that helps out a ton," Clymer coach Dan White said. "Those guys have done it for me all year long. They've been special and put in a lot of work in the offseason to get to this point."

Neckers scored 24 points, including 17 in the second half, and Honey added 23 points as the Pirates outscored North Collins, 67-38 over the final three quarters Wednesday night.

The Eagles, who were playing without second-leading scorer Brandan Zielinski due to suspension, were led by junior Zachary Schroeder's 15 points.

Clymer, despite giving up several inches to many of the Eagles, out-rebounded North Collins, 34-21, led by eight from Dylan Davis.

"They've got some good shooters. I just can't believe that we got out-rebounded by them," North Collins coach Jan Warren said. "I've got some big guys. We just didn't do a very good job of boxing out."

The Eagles also turned the ball over 25 times and were just 22 of 54 from the field, including 5 of 13 from beyond the 3-point arc.

"It's called want. It's heart," White said. "We've been working really hard on being competitive in practice on rebounds. We did a nice job of attacking the ball after the first quarter. I give it to the work that they've put in at practice."

Clymer assisted on 18 of its made baskets and shot 33 of 64 from the floor, despite being just 4 of 15 from 3-point range.

North Collins jumped out to a 16-9 after the first quarter courtesy of a 14-0 run capped by a Tanner Mercado 3-pointer to end the quarter. Mercado, a sophomore JV call-up playing in his first game, entered the contest with 5:36 remaining in the opening quarter.

Neckers, who didn't score in the first quarter, got it going in the second quarter with seven points, while Honey hit three 3-pointers as the Pirates outscored the guests 24-12 in the frame to take a 33-28 halftime lead.

"The seniors stepped up. They said a few words on the bench after that first quarter," White said. "We just started working the ball inside and it opened up those outside shots. We just started attacking. ... That's what needed to happen."

"Our big guys stopped rebounding and playing defense in the middle. We got a little flustered when we got behind," Warren said. "We came in kind of high. Their emotions got the best of them and they got a little low."

Neckers continued his strong play in the third quarter, scoring six points in a decisive 13-0 Clymer run that helped the hosts take a 15-point lead into the final eight minutes.

"We just started to play like we cared," Honey said about what changed in the second half. "We were playing slow in the first half and too relaxed. Then we got fired up in the second half."

Neckers added six rebounds, six assists and five steals while Honey chipped in seven assists, seven rebounds and three steals for Clymer (9-12).

Ellicottville handles Pirates

ELLICOTTVILLE (Feb. 19) - A sophomore carried the scoring load as No. 2 Ellicottville advanced to the Class D semifinals.

Mark Bowen scored 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as the Eagles (14-7) downed No. 7 Clymer (8-13), 70-51, in the quarterfinals Friday night.

Bowen had 14 points in the first half as the Eagles took a 36-18 advantage.

Tom Easton assisted teammate Bowen with 13 points and 10 rebounds while Griffin Chudy added 10 points in the win. Easton also handed out five assists.

For Clymer, Adam Honey scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds, Justin Svetz scored 11 points, Dylan Davis grabbed six rebounds and Dylan Neckers had four assists.



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