SILVER CREEK - Tenth grader Zeddie Williams recorded his fifth straight 20-plus point game to help the Silver Creek Black Knights defeat previously undefeated Cassadaga Valley, 64-60, Wednesday in CCAA Division 2 boys' high school basketball.
"I knew that was the potential he had," Silver Creek coach Rob Genco said of his sophomore. "He makes things happen for us. A lot of his shots are putbacks, but he can also drive by you. He is a great kid who is always ready to work. It's going to be fun to watch him over the next few years."
Williams had 25 points while Kane Kettle had 12, including a key 3-pointer late in the game to secure the win.
After Silver Creek took an 18-10 lead after one quarter, it increased the lead, 42-30 at halftime. The Black Knights took a 17-point edge into the final frame. However, the Cougars battled back to outscore the host team, 23-10. In the end, it was too little, too late for Cassadaga Valley.
"Give Cassadaga Valley credit," Genco said. "They crawled back into the game in the fourth to make it close. I give them credit. They are well coached."
Dalton Walsh led Cassadaga Valley with 20 points while Dustin Schauman and Simon Schauman combined for 30 points in a losing effort.
Pine Valley 52,Chautauqua Lake 47
SOUTH DAYTON - With the game tied at 36-all after three quarters of play, the Pine Valley Panthers went on a 12-0 run to start the fourth in their 52-47 win over the Chautauqua Lake Thunderbirds in CCAA Division 3 boys' high school basketball on Wednesday.
"Starting in the fourth quarter, we turned up the pressure and held them to zero points in the first five minutes," Pine Valley coach Chris Buczek said. "It was definitely a big win for us because we've been struggling the past week and a half. So to come out and beat a C school as a D school, that's big for us."
In what was a close game from beginning to end, both teams had scored eight points after the first eight minutes and, at halftime, the Thunderbirds (3-3, 6-6) were ahead of the Panthers (4-2, 7-4) by only one point, 27-26. Pine Valley managed to outscore Chautauqua Lake by one point, 14-13, in the third quarter to create the tie with only eight minutes left to play. One large factor in the game, the Thunderbirds only scored one point from the free throw line while the Panthers were 13-of-25 from the charity stripe.
"I think our highest foul total was three," Buczek said. "I think it was a pretty good job of not getting them to the foul line."
Brendan Bentham recorded a double-double for the Panthers with 15 points and 14 rebounds while Jason Howard added nine points and six assists and Lucas Trombley chipped in with nine points and 11 rebounds.
"Lucas Trombley really won us the game," Buczek said. "He did everything. Especially for a sophomore, he stepped up big. He was all over. Defensively, he was there to help wherever we needed help."
For the Thunderbirds, Jason McMahon also had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds to go along with his eight assists while Cam Baker added 13 points.
Pine Valley plays next at home on Friday against North Collins in league action.
Forestville 64, Ellicottville 54
ELLICOTTVILLE - The Forestville Hornets held the Ellicottville Eagles to just four points in the third quarter to go on to a 64-54, in Division 4 boys' high school basketball Wednesday.
"We switched up our defense to start the second half and our team just stepped up and played," Forestville coach Ralph Jackson said. "Our senior leadership came through."
The Hornets (4-3, 4-7) led, 19-15, after eight minutes of play and expanded their lead to 10 at one point in the first half. However, the Eagles (5-5) came back and took a 31-30 lead going into halftime.
Forestville's game plan for the second half paid off as it outscored Ellicottville, first 13-4 then 21-19, to regain the lead and claim its third win in a row.
Jayson Zipp had a double-double in the game for the Hornets, recording 13 points and 10 rebounds, on top of his six blocks and four assists. Teammate Nick Huyck had a game-high 25 points and added four rebounds and four assists while Tyler Shear chipped in with 13 points and Devin Barrett had four points and seven rebounds.
"Shear I thought played awesome," Jackson said, noting that he hit four of the five 3's he attempted, two early in the first quarter and two early in the third. "That definitely helped us out."
For Ellicottville, Colin Lapi recorded 18 points, Conor Hellwig had 15 points and Storm Wilson added 11 points.
Forestville's next game will be Friday when it hosts West Valley.