By JOE ECKSTROM
OBSERVER Sports Reporter
SINCLAIRVILLE?- The Westfield Wolverines poured in 27 points in the third quarter on their way to a 75-34 over Oracle Charter School, Tuesday afternoon in the Cassadaga Valley Holiday Tournament.
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Westfield’s Trey North takes a shot, Tuesday, during his team’s game against Oracle Charter School, at the Cassadaga Valley Holiday tournament.
With the victory the Wolverines are now slated to take on division rival Cassadaga Valley, tonight in the tournament final.
"I was very pleased with the way we played," Westfield coach Bob North said. "We were very unselfish in passing the ball. At times we were too unselfish and passed up on some pretty good shots, but overall we had great ball movement."
Jumping out to an early lead, Westfield outscored Oracle 7-0 through the first three minutes of the game. Later in the quarter the Wolverines went on an 8-0 run to lead 15-6 going into the second quarter.
Dominating the first half for Westfield was Michael Bova with 15 of his 23 points. The Wolverine's big man also finished the game with 12 rebounds, in a game controlled by Westfield's ability to finish inside.
"We talked about not wanting to try to shoot too many three pointers against Oracle's man-to-man defense," North said. "We found some spots in transition where we were able to pull up and hit some three's, but other than that we wanted to focus on scoring inside."
In the second quarter, Oracle continued to struggle against the stout defense of Westfield. For the second quarter in a row the Wolverines were able to hold Oracle to six points, taking a 29-12 lead into halftime.
The third quarter was a showcase of the talent Westfield had at every position, putting up 27 points to Oracle's four.
Seven of Austin Alonge's nine points came in the quarter, along with five of Elias Manzella's 11 points.
"Elias is someone who is always working hard," North said. "He got rewarded with some good minutes and in return came up with some big stats for us. I also thought that Ryan Tofil did a great job for us in some much deserved extra minutes."
Tofil finished the game with eight points and seven boards.
Oracle picked up their intensity in the fourth quarter, managing to score more than double the total of their previous three with 18.
However, the 40 point advantage Westfield gained from their big third quarter was more than enough to keep Oracle at bay.
"This was a good game for us," North said. "We were able to get everyone involved in our offense and is going to help us for trying to take care of Cassadaga Valley's man-to-man defense."
Tyler North had a complete game scoring nine points, pulling down nine boards and dishing out six assists, while Trey North had eight assists and five steals.
"I thought that Trey had a particularly good game passing the ball," North said. "He was one of those who passed up some open shots to give someone else some points and I thought he did a really good job."
North Collins 47,
NORTH COLLINS - Stevie Ray Foit scored 15 points and added 16 rebounds, as North Collins (3-3) knocked off Eden (0-6), 47-33, Tuesday, in non-league boys' basketball action.
"It's a big win for us, because they're a (Class) B school," North Collins head coach Bill Weidner said. "It's a big rivalry for us. They're only five minutes down the road. We controlled the glass and played good defense throughout and waited for our offense to catch up and in the second half we ran the floor better."
Also for the Eagles, Dan Keicher had eight points and nine rebounds while Chris Zymowski added nine points.
Bishop-Kearney 63, Lake Shore 51
BUFFALO - Sean Bellomo scored 17 points for Lake Shore, but it was not enough, as the Eagles fell to Bishop-Kearney, 63-51, Tueday, in non-league boys' basketball action, at Bishop-Timon High School.
Down 44-29 heading into the fourth quarter, Lake Shore cut the Bishop-Kearney lead to five, but that would be as close as they would get.
"We shot the ball poorly," Lake Shore head coach Dan Gerken said. "But we cut it to five in the fourth quarter, we just couldn't seal the deal."
Erik Marx added 15 points for Lake Shore while R.C. Hubbard added eight points.
Blair Roberts led all scorers with 22 points while Bishop-Kearney teammate Roderick Gray added 17 points in the win.