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Thunderbirds win battle of the longball, 77-65, over Fredonia

February 16, 2017
Westfield Republican

MAYVILLE - In a battle fought behind the arc for much of the game, it was the Chautauqua Lake Thunderbirds (17-3, 10-2) who came out on top of the Fredonia Hillbillies (6-14, 4-8), 77-65, Monday in a CCAA West I boys high school basketball matchup.

Fredonia came out hot from 3-point range as Lucas Voss continually fired away and hit from deep early. Luckily for the Thunderbirds, who hit nine 3's in the game to Fredonia's 10, they were able to keep pace via the longball as well. After a blistering first period, Fredonia held a 21-19 lead.

"Fredonia shot the lights out," Chautauqua Lake coach Michael Putney said. "Voss was hitting early and had seven 3's in the game. It was back and forth with the 3's; it seemed like they'd come up and hit one then we'd go back down the other way and hit one of our own. We started hot, then they took the lead to finish the first."

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Chautauqua Lake’s Tyler Meredith dribbles the ball toward the basket during Monday’s Division 1 West victory over Fredonia.

In the second, Devin Pope, one of the best scorers in Western New York, began to take over. Pope scored 11 in the quarter and Chautauqua Lake scored 19 as a team while holding the Hillbillies to 12 for a 38-33 halftime lead.

"Devin was making unbelievable shots off good screens," Putney said. "He was hitting fade-away shots from 3-point range and was just on fire. Aaron (Swan) was in foul trouble and missed a big portion of the game. Kyler Majka and Alex Gleason came in and gave good minutes. Tyler hit some really big shots. It was our Senior Night and we got all our guys in. Hats off to our eight seniors who all contributed in the win."

It was more Pope in the second half as the junior standout guard scored 12 more in the third to pace the Thunderbirds en route to their best quarter of the contest with 23 team points. As dominant as Pope is, Voss did everything in his power to will the Hillbillies to victory. Again and again he launched 3's, but in the end it was all for naught.

Entering the fourth, Fredonia trailed by a score of 61-50. The Hillbillies held strong in the fourth, but were once again outscored in the final period, 16-15.

Leading the way for the Hillbillies was Voss, who finished with 25 points, including his seven 3's. Nate Shuart added 20 points in the loss.

Pope finished with 35 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four steals. Aaron Swan added 13 points, five rebounds and three steals in the win.

Dragons trim Dunkirk in OT

Maple Grove outscored Dunkirk, 39-25, in the second half to force overtime and then went on a 10-4 run to win 78-72 in Division 1 West boys basketball action Monday.

The Marauders (11-9, 8-4) led 43-29 at halftime before the Red Dragons (10-10, 7-5) rally over the final 16 minutes.

Michel Padilla led Maple Grove with 21 points to go along with six rebounds, five assists and four steals while five other Red Dragons also reached double figures in scoring.

Truman Purslow added 12 points and 11 rebounds while Peter Auer had 11 points. Zach Fischer also had 11 points in his first game action since the fourth game of the season. Dalton DuBois and Carson Crist added 10 points apiece in the win.

Darnell Butts led Dunkirk with 15 points while Shamon Stewart and Tyreek Buchanan-Ruiz each had 14. Evon Hernandez chipped in 12 points and Devaun Farnham had 11.

Second quarter key for Westfield

PANAMA - A 29-point second quarter led Westfield to a a 59-54 win over Panama in Division 2 West.

Shawn Horr and David Grayson each had 10 points in the second period to spark Westfield (8-10, 6-5) to a 39-30 lead at halftime.

Panama (3-17, 3-9) closed the gap to four points with 40 seconds left in the fourth quarter but could get no closer.

The Panthers started out strong with a 20-10 first quarter but the second quarter proved to be decisive.

Horr and Grayson led Westfield with 18 points and 17 points, respectively, with Grayson leading in rebounds with nine and Eric Fermier adding eight rebounds. Fermier also had five assists and two steals in the victory.

Tristan Frye and Lucas Golden each had 15 points while Nolan Eggleston had 13 points for the Panthers. Eggleston also had 10 rebounds while Golden had six assists and three steals.



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