JAMESTOWN - The Fredonia Hillbillies played Bishop Timon even for the final three quarters Friday night in the first round of the United Way Tournament at Jamestown High School.
The problem for the Hillbillies was the first quarter counted, too.
Fredonia found itself trailing 21-1 after seven minutes, didn't connect on its first field goal until 28 seconds remained, and was unable to dig itself out of that deep early hole en route to a 56-38 loss.
Photo by Scott Kindberg
Fredonia's John Piper puts up a shot during the first round of the United Way Tournament on Friday at Jamestown High School. The Hillbillies lost to Bishop Timon, 56-38.
The Hillbillies will now meet Bennett, which lost to Jamestown, 71-50, in the other first-round game, for consolation honors at 6 p.m. tonight at McElrath Gymnasium. Meanwhile, the Red Raiders will tangle with Bishop Timon for the tournament title. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m.
Fredonia never gave itself much of a chance Friday. Thanks to turnovers and shooting woes, Bishop Timon led, 9-0, before Jon Fletcher hit one of two free throws with four minutes remaining in the first quarter. A 12-0 Tigers' run pushed their lead to 21-1, before Cam Voss collected the Hillbillies' first field goal with 28 seconds left in the period.
Although Fredonia outscored Bennett 35-33 the rest of the way, the deficit was too much.
Sean Murphy led Timon with 14 points and Demone Harris added 11.
Dylan Meyer had 12 points and John Piper 10 for the Hillbillies.
CCAA Division 4
North Collins 70,
RIPLEY - Throw out the first quarter, and the Ripley Eagles (0-3) played the North Collins to a tight battle.
Unfortunately, the first quarter doomed the home team as North Collins went on a 28-13 run to cruise to a 70-43 victory Friday in CCAA Division 4 boys high school basketball action.
Though Jared Keppel's rebounding stats were unavailable, Ripley coach Adam Chambers said Keppel easily had a double-double highlighted by 29 points.
"That kid is just an animal," Chambers raved of Keppel.
Aiding in the win was Jordan Keough's 13 points and Jared Bauerlein's 13 points.
After North Collins jumped out to a 44-26 halftime edge, it only managed to outscore Ripley, 26-17 in the second half.
Vinny Shioleno led Ripley with 13 points and five rebounds while Ian Petroff had nine points in a losing effort.