RANDOLPH - The Silver Creek Black Knights (14-1, 10-1) had three players score in double digits on Tuesday to defeat the Randolph Cardinals, 57-54, in CCAA Division 2 boys' high school basketball.
The win helped the Black Knights avenge their only loss on the season and it also helped clinch the CCAA Division 2 crown.
"It's huge," Silver Creek coach Rob Genco said. "They knew going in that if we win, we clinch. It's a goal we set. It was a realistic goal. I thought they would be more celebratory, but they are focused. We have to finish the season. They are still hungry and not satisfied. I'm happy for our school and our guys, but it's back to work (today)."
OBSERVER?Photo by Lisa Monacelli
Cassadaga Valley’s Mike Lanphere runs the offense during Tuesday’s?CCAA?Division 2 boys’ high school basketball game against Salamanca.
Steven Marcey spearheaded the win as he scored 13 of his team-high 19 points in the second quarter.
With a 35-27 halftime lead, the Black Knights were unable to pull away until the final minutes.
Tied 51-all with a minute remaining, Silver Creek's Kane Kettle drilled a 3-pointer to give the visitors a 54-51 edge.
From there, the Cardinals were forced to foul the Black Knights and essentially ran out of time.
Zeddie Williams contributed in the win with 18 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists while Jon Jimerson had five rebounds and nine assists. Kettle also had nine boards and six steals for the winners.
Salamanca 61, Cassadaga Valley 40
SINCLAIRVILLE - The Salamanca Warriors (9-7, 5-5) had four players score in double digits Tuesday, as they upended Cassadaga Valley (8-9, 5-6), 61-40, in CCAA Division 2 boys' basketball action.
"They just had really balanced scoring and we didn't," Cassadaga Valley head coach Rich Clifford said. "On paper they're one of the most talented teams in the league."
Tanner John and Jackson John tied for the Warriors' team-high in points with 14 each while Jevon Battle scored 13 and Bryce Stahlman 12.
Salamanca built just a two point lead after the first quarter at 10-8, before outscoring Cassadaga Valley, 22-9, in the second stanza to build a 32-17 halftime lead.
The Cougars outscored the Warriors, 11-9 in the third quarter, but were only able to shave two points off the Salamanca lead. The Warriors turned the pace up again in the fourth, putting up 20 points to Cassadaga Valley's 12, for the 61-40 final.
Battle added eight steals and Stahlman eight rebounds in the win while Dustin Schauman had a game-high 28 points and 15 rebounds for the Cougars. Kyle Pfeiffer added six points in the loss.