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Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 6:26 pm

Late surge lifts Cougars to regional title

post by Andrew Crofts in basketball, GCC, sports

ROCHESTER, NY: The Genesee Community College men’s basketball team swept the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region III Division II Final Four this weekend, defeating Niagara County Community College in the semifinals on Saturday and dropping Monroe Community College in the finals on Sunday.

 

(Semifinals) There were four ties and 14 lead changes on Saturday night and neither GCC or NCCC held a lead higher than nine throughout the game.

Naquil Jones scored 21 of his game-high 31 points in the second half and the sophomore was a perfect 10-10 from the free-throw line, all attempts coming in the final 20-minutes.

Ervin Mitchell needed just 18 points entering Saturday's contest to overtake the school record for most career points. He scored 13 points in the first half and with 13:09 left in the second and the Cougars trailing 60-58, converted a layup to tie the game and break the record. He finished with 26 points.

The Cougars used a 10-0 run to take a 64-60 lead with 11:14 to play in the second half and the Cougars did not trail the rest of the way.

Jones went 6-6 from the line during the last 30-seconds of the game to keep the GCC lead out of reach.

Gabriel Burroughs went 3-4 from 3pt-range for GCC and tallied 11 points. Tre'Shaun Perry had a game-high 12 assists and also grabbed six rebounds. Mitchell also grabbed six boards and Jason Perry Murray finished with six points and five rebounds.

Mitchell now sits at the top of the all-time scoring list in GCC men's basketball history with 1383 points. He passes current Cougars head coach Terry George, who scored 1374 points from 2002-2003.

 

(Finals) With 8:19 to play in Sunday's National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region III Division II championship, the No. 2-seed Genesee Community College men's basketball team trailed No. 1 Monroe Community College, 67-49. It was the largest deficit (18) faced by the Cougars on the afternoon and it looked as though GCC would be sent home after a finals trip for the second year in a row at the hands of MCC.

Sunday turned out different, however as Genesee ended the game on a 26-7 run to earn its first regional title since the 2002-03 season.

The Cougars turned the ball over 11 times in the first half and went the last 7:03 without a field goal to reach the break trailing 43-30.

An 11-4 run to start the second got GCC to within 47-41 at the 16:37 mark, but the Tribunes used a 20-8 run of their own to extend the lead to 18 with 8:19 remaining.

Tournament MVP Naquil Jones then took over for GCC, scoring 12 of his game-high 27 points in the final eight-minutes. The Cougars stepped up defensively, holding MCC to just three field goals down the stretch and with 1:11 left to play, were within one at 74-73.

Both teams traded empty possessions on offense before Jason Perry Murray tipped in a missed Ervin Mitchell jumper with 3.6-seconds left to give Genesee a 75-74 lead.

The Tribunes had one last look out of a timeout but came up short and GCC dropped MCC for the first time in three tries this season.

Jones also collected eight rebounds and dished out three assists. Joshua Doughty finished with 13 points and seven rebounds, Gabriel Burroughs, who was named to the All-Tournament Team, added 11 points and Perry Murray and Ervin Mitchell both finished with eight points apiece. Perry Murray also recorded three blocks, which ties him for the career record for most blocks in GCC history (106).

Genesee (22-8) will now host the District II championship on Sat., Mar. 7 at GCC. The Cougars will face Dean College (MA), which defeated the Community College of Rhode Island on Sunday to win the Region 21 title. Game time to be announced.

Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 12:28 am

Batavia dominates Wayne to advance in sectional playoffs

post by Howard B. Owens in basketball, batavia, Batavia HS, high school sports, sports

The Batavia Blue Devils had no difficulty tonight knocking off Wayne in a second-round Section V Class A2 playoff game at BHS tonight. The 75-45 win sets Batavia (17-2) up for a semi-final match Wednesday evening at Blue Cross Arena againt College Prep (15-4).

Tonight, Jeff Redband scored 28 points, Malachi Chenault, 17, and Jarrett Laskett, 11.

Notre Dame also won tonight, beating Lyndonville 77-55 in the Class D1 playoff game. Notre Dame (13-7) faces Mt. Morris (12-8) on Wednesday at a location to be determined.

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Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 11:57 pm

Byron-Bergen tops Notre Dame in hard fought girls hoops playoff game

It was a nifty little move under the basket, a no-look reverse layup from Byron-Bergen's Abbie Kelley. The kind of play good players make.

In this case, it couldn't have come at a more opportune time. Head Coach Rick Krzewinski said it was perhaps the difference maker in the game.

The Lady Bees got to that point by allowing Notre Dame to go on an 11-0 run at the start of the third quarter to erase a 10-point lead for Byron-Bergen in the Section V Class C1 playoff game.

The reverse of fortunes had a familiar ring to the Bees, who lost a home game earlier this season to the Fighting Irish after blowing a first-half lead.

Krzewinski told his players in the locker room at the half, "looks familiar doesn't it?"

One of his girls said, "don't even talk about it."

"Oh, we're going to talk about it," Krzewinski told his team, "because we're not going to let happen what happened last time."

The Bees apparently got the message, and Kelley's nifty basket provided the spark they needed to beat back Notre Dame's momentum.

"Players make plays and that was the perfect time for it," Krzewinski said. "We got our composure back, I thought, and started hitting some shots."

That basket and a three possession change of defense to a 2-3 zone, seemed to break the rhythm of the Irish girls.

Kelley, who has 393 points on the year, did more to carry her team than drop that one score. She was the game's leading scorer with 23. Nobody else on her team was in double digits.

"Today was Bergen's day," said Irish Head Coach Dave Pero. "In the fourth quarter, Abbie Kelley took the game over. We missed way too many free throws. We probably missed 14 free throws (10, actually) and in sectional play, in any game, you can't miss 14 free throws and think you're going to struggle to win. Sometimes you'll get lucky, but the luck of the Irish wasn't with us today."

B-B's diamond defense held Notre Dame's top two scorers to totals a shave below their season PPG averages. Becca Krenzer had 12 points and Shea Norton, 11.

Emma Francis didn't hit a single three and was held to seven points for the game.

"We had the shots we wanted," Pero said. "You have days when they're not going to go in and today was one of those days. But we fought to get back in third quarter and I don't know if we ran out of gas a little bit, we might have, but I've got to take my hat off to Bergen. They played a great basketball game. They played for 32 minutes and that's why they're moving on and we're not."

The Bees had 13 days off before the game and Krzewinski said the team used that time to work on the diamond defense thinking it would be effective against Notre Dame.

"We were hoping maybe we could force some turnovers, worst case maybe slow them down," Krzewinski said. "I thought the girls worked it well and the message was, it will work if you move and they moved. We got out of it what I wanted."

It's been 2008 since Byron-Bergen beat Notre Dame in a girls basketball game, and the Irish seem to be a chief rival for just about every team they play.  The win certainly made Bees fans happy, who whooped it up in the closing seconds of the game.

"Yeah, everybody wants to beat Notre Dame, obviously,"  Krzewinski said. "Year in and year out they're a team that everybody wants to beat and to be able to do this in a sectional game just makes it really sweet. I'm so proud of the way they (his team) played and hung in there and did this. I don't even know what to say."

Next up for Byron-Bergen, the #3 seed in the tournament, is #2 seed Gananda (16-3) at 6 p.m., Tuesday, at a location to be determined.

Pembroke, also a C1 team, lost today to East Rochester.

Oakfield-Alabama and Alexander also lost playoff games today, leaving Byron-Bergen, Batavia and Elba as the three Genesee County girls basketball teams still alive in the postseason. All three have games scheduled for Tuesday.

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Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 8:52 am

Lady Blue Devils keep shooting on way to 46-37 playoff win over Geneva

post by Howard B. Owens in basketball, Batavia HS, high school sports, sports

The law of averages was bound to catch up with the Lady Panthers in their Friday night Section V playoff match with the Lady Blue Devils in Batavia.

Yes, Maddie McCulley, Sam Cecere and Tiara Filbert were held to only nine points combined in the first half, but they were getting open looks. If they kept shooting, shots would fall.

That's just what happens when good shooters keep shooting.

McCulley finished the night with 17 points, including a trio of threes in the fourth quarter, and Filbert notched 13 points and Cecere added seven as Batavia pulled away for a 46-37 to advance to the Class A2 semifinals at 8 p.m., Tuesday, in Mendon.

"Tiara had a bad first half, Maddy had a bad first half, Sam had a bad first half, yet were were behind by only three," said Head Coach Marty Hein. "There was never a time with these girls where we thought we would be only at 15 at half time. We told them, 'just keep shooting.' "

There was a time midway through the third quarter when the game had that feel of one that was slipping away.

Batavia trailed by 11, 26-15.

Successive baskets from McCulley, Filbert and Abby Allien, tightened the score.

A switch to a 3/4 quarter pressure defense got Geneva off balance and created some turnovers.

Suddenly with 18 seconds left in the quarter it was a different game.

Taylor Stefaniak, who finished with five points, sunk a crucial free throw (top photo) to tie the score and the Lady Panthers would never be out in front again.

To win, Batavia had to overcome a Geneva team led by senior Mia Morrison, 313 points on the year, 161 rebounds, 36 assists, 21 steals and 13 blocked shots and the athletic ability to dominate a game.

The job of slowing her down went to Filbert.

"She's definitely their star," Hein said. "We just wanted her to work from one end of the floor to the other. The first half we played a lot of man and put Tiara on her. We were joking around with Buddy Brasky (Batavia's boys head coach) the other day, about whether Tiara could even handle playing at the boys' level. When she guards you, it's intense."

The assignment helped get Filbert in foul trouble in the third quarter, so Hein switched the defense to give Filbert some help, but left his own star in the game.

"Tiara can play smart with four fouls," Hein said. "She knows, fine, let the girl score a layup, she's more valuable on the floor than on the bench."

It was an unorthodox approach that Hein stuck with when Cecere was whistled for a fourth time with about four minutes left in the game.

He didn't lift his junior center, either.

"Most of the time you sit somebody, they're in foul trouble and you sit them for almost a whole quarter and then they never get a foul the rest of the game, so it's like, go ahead and let them play, if it happens it happens," Hein said.  "It's such a close game. It's a live and die game. We lose and we're done. We win, we move on to the next step, so we'll go out swinging, I guess."

Pittsford-Mendon in the semis is going to be another tough matchup.

Like Batavia, the Lady Vikings are 15-4, but Mendon also held Batavia to 33 points in the second game of the season, in the Blue Devils' most lopsided loss of the year, 54-33.

The Vikings feature three players in triple figures in scoring (Alley Phillips, 232, Darby Kreienberg, 159, Emily Sullivan, 139).

Even so, Hein likes his team, which he believes has really come together well over the course of the season.

"Mendon really took it to us in the second game of the season," Hein said. "We were good and played with them in the first half, but we got shelled in the second half. Our team has a whole different identity from the beginning of the year to where we're at now. Todd Julien is a great coach. Mendon has some great basketball players, but I like mine, too. We'll give them heck on Tuesday."

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Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 10:07 am

Pembroke Lady Dragons opens sectional play with win over Sodus

post by Howard B. Owens in basketball, high school sports, pembroke, sports

The Pembroke Lady Dragons beat Sodus in a first-round Section V Class C1 playoff game Wednesday night in Pembroke, 69-45.

They took a 46-21 lead into the half.

Olvia Kohorst had 16 points to lead the Dragons. Hannah Duttweiler, 14 and Rylee Moser, 13. 

For Sodus, Jackie Barclay scored 15 and Alexis Jackson 14.

Pembroke (11-9) plays at 2 p.m., Saturday, against East Rochester (18-1) in East Rochester.

Photo and game information submitted by Aaron Burch, athletic director, Pembroke Central Schools.

Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 9:50 am

Notre Dame wins 55-29 in opening sectional game

post by Howard B. Owens in basketball, high school sports, Notre Dame, sports

The Notre Dame girls basketball team won its first Section V Class C1 playoff game of 2015 with a rout over Williamson, 55-29.

The Fighting Irish took a commanding 31-4 lead into the half.

Shea Norton (#44) hit three threes and had 17 points on the night. Becca Krenzer had 12 and Emma Francis had 11, including a trio of threes.

For Williamson, Kiki Hall had 11 and Maddie Thornson finished with 10.

Next up for Notre Dame (16-4), Byron-Bergen (16-3), at 2 p.m., Saturday at Byron-Bergen.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 10:34 am

Pembroke and Byron-Bergen open tournament play with battle to the end

post by Howard B. Owens in basketball, byron-bergen, high school sports, pembroke, sports

Two teams, evenly matched, made for action-packed basketball at Byron-Bergen Tuesday night, but a 14-2 run in the second quarter made all the difference for Pembroke as the Dragons pulled out a 51-45 win in a first-round Section V playoff game.

Byron-Bergen and Pembroke came into the game as the #8 and #9 seeds, both with 7-12 records and having split their two regular season contests.

"We know everything that they're running," said Chad Smith, Bees head coach. "I mean, he had to change up his pace and we were able to adjust to it. We figured it out. We did a great job. He knows pretty much what we're doing. We worked them down to five seconds on the shot clock a lot throughout the night, but they had guys come up big."

Smith and Pembroke Coach Matt Shay agreed that the turning point was the second quarter, when shots stopped dropping for the Bees and the Dragons got hot.

"We really locked down defensively and that was huge because they made some shots in the first quarter and I told the guys after the first quarter, I thought we were playing solid defense, but they were just making tough, good shots, good offensive plays. I told the guys, 'stick with it.' I think the defense looked pretty good and eventually those percentages even themselves out."

The game wasn't really decided into the closing second, but Byron-Bergen wasn't able to run its plays to get some scores.

Smith realizes he has a young team and he's eager to start off-season work with his returning players with an eye toward a stronger 2015-16.

"We've got a great group of kids," Smith said. "They work their tails off for me. I knew it was going to be a fight. They weren't going to give up at all until the end. I'm very proud of our guys.
I think we're moving in the right direction."

For Pembroke, Ryan Cansdale had 16 points, Zack Von Kramer, 10, and Kyle Ludwig hit three triples on his way to a 10-point game.

For the Bees, Steele Truax had 11, and Brandon Burke and Adam Strassner had 10 each.

Next up for Pembroke at 7 p.m., Friday, is #1 seed Mynderse (15-4). 

Shay knows it's going to be a tough game for his young team.

"We're definitely the underdog, which is OK with us because we've been an underdog team for most the season," Shay said. "I don't try to focus too much on the other team. We will get focused on what we do and execute on what we do rather than concentrate on what they do."

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Monday, February 23, 2015 at 11:46 am

Oakfield-Alabama Lions Club 3 vs 3 Basketball Tournament

 



Oakfield-Alabama Lions Club

3vs3 Youth Basketball Tournament

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Registration begins at 11 AM for Grades 4 and under at Oakfield-Alabama Elementary School and Grades 7 & 8 at the O-A High School.  Start times are 11:30 AM.

Registration for Grades 5 & 6 at Elementary School and Grades 9 & 10 (Combined) and Grades 11 & 12 (Combined) at the High School will be at 1:15 PM.  Start times depend on finish of prior age groups.

T-Shirts will be given to pre-registered teams only.

Entry - $45/team, Max 4/team

For more information: Karen Cusmano, 585-757-9967, ext 1250 (daytime) or Bonnie Woodward , 585-739-2928.

 

 

 

Event Date and Time

March 22, 2015 - 11:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 10:48 pm

Genesee women prevail over Erie, men fall in overtime

post by Andrew Crofts in basketball, GCC, sports

In its final home game of the 2014-2015 season, the Genesee Community College women's basketball team picked up a Western New York Athletic Conference (WNYAC) win over Erie Community College on Tuesday night, 55-35.

GCC forced 28 turnovers and turned them into 22 points. The Genesee bench outscored the Erie bench 30-8 and Genesee never trailed in the game.

Elsa Andersson scored a team high 13 points with 11 of them coming in the first half.

Genesee used a 15-2 run late in the first half to take control of the game and beat Erie for the second time this season.

Thais Matté added 10 points and hit two of GCC's three 3-pt baskets on the night. Breana Gleaton finished with nine points and five rebounds and Hillary Rivera had seven points, seven rebounds and three assists.

Genesee improves to 13-11 overall and 2-7 in conference play. The Cougars will end their regular season on the road on Thursday night at Jamestown Community College. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.

(Photo: GCC’s Breana Gleaton (#33 white) and ECC’s Ijeoma Onwuekwe (#21 black) get ready for the opening tip-off on Tuesday night at GCC)

 

It took overtime on Tuesday night between Genesee Community College and Erie Community College and the visiting Kats left town with the Western New York Athletic Conference (WNYAC) win, 81-78.

In a game that saw three ties and five lead changes, the Cougars committed 18 turnovers and allowed 16 offensive rebounds to ECC.

Genesee held a lead as large as 12 in the first half but the Kats crept back in the second half, using a 9-2 run late in the frame to take their first lead of the game, 67-66.

Joshua Doughty kept the Cougars alive with a three-point field goal with 12.9-seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 72, eventually sending it into overtime.

Erie outscored Genesee 9-6 in the extra session to tie the season series 1-1 and improve to 13-6 overall.

Doughty finished with a game high 23 points including five 3-pt baskets. Ervin Mitchell tallied 15 points and five rebounds, Rahsaan Williams and Gabriel Burroughs each added nine points, Naquil Jones had seven points and six rebounds and Tre'Shaun Perry dished out a game high six assists.

Genesee falls to 17-8 and 5-5 in WNYAC play. The Cougars will head out on the road on Thursday night to Jamestown Community College for a 7:30 p.m. start.

Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 5:24 pm

Genesee basketball splits with Mercyhurst North East

post by Andrew Crofts in basketball, GCC, sports

The Genesee Community College men's basketball team shook off a slow start and a halftime deficit on Saturday afternoon to drop visiting Mercyhurst North East 95-71 to improve to 17-7 overall this season and 5-4 in Western New York Athletic Conference play.

Mercyhurst N.E. held a 40-39 lead at half but the Cougars stormed out on a 13-2 run to begin the second. Devante Carolina scored six points during the stretch and Genesee never gave back the lead. The Cougars held the Saints to just 25-percent shooting in the second half.

Ervin Mitchell put together another strong performance finishing with 24 points, 14 rebounds three blocks and three assists. Carolina finished with 21 points, Naquil Jones added 20 points and eight assists, Rahsaan Williams grabbed 14 rebounds and scored eight points and Tre'Shaun Perry dished out six assists and scored five points.

Genesee will return to action on Tuesday night at home against WNYAC opponent Erie Community College. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

(GCC’s Tre’Shaun Perry (white) goes up for a shot vs. Mercyhurst North East on Saturday afternoon)

 

The Genesee Community College women's basketball team fell to 1-7 in Western New York Athletic Conference play after losing to visiting Mercyhurst North East on Saturday afternoon, 66-54.

The Cougars took a 25-15 lead late in the first half but allowed the Saints to go on an 18-8 run to end the half and tie the game at 33 apiece.

MNE took the lead early in the second half with back-to-back baskets and the Saints led the rest of the way.

Shanell Glover led GCC and was the only Cougar to reach double figures with a game-high 15 points and she also grabbed nine rebounds. Terra Clanton added seven points, Latricia Stephens, Hillary Rivera and Tekia Gary each had six and Gary also dished out four assists.

Genesee (12-11, 1-7) will play its final home game of the regular season on Tuesday night when Erie Community College visits GCC for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.

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