SOUTH DAYTON - Gowanda (7-2) fell behind 19-10 after the first quarter of the championship game of the Pine Valley Tournament Saturday, but stormed back to take down Chautauqua Lake (3-5), 64-61.
"It was a really good, hard-fought game," Chautauqua Lake head coach Michael Putney said. "We came out in the triangle-and-two (offense) and went into halftime up three and (Gowanda) kind of adjusted to that. But we held (Zach) Stevens to three points in the second half. Unfortunately Chase Williams and Kenny?Brant hit some big shots."
Brant finished with a team-high 18 points while Williams finished with 16. Stevens had 17 points, 14 of which came in the first quarter.
"(Kenny) Brant came back from Florida and went for 18 points in about 20 minutes," Gowanda coach Andy Bobseine said. "They pressured us a lot, which opened up lanes for penetration. Our guys were clutch all evening. (Chase) Williams and (Brennan) Geiger did their usual thing. In the end it came down to senior leadership."
Gowanda began its comeback in the second quarter as they outscored Chautauqua Lake, 18-12. Then, in the third quarter, the Panthers outscored the Thunderbirds, 14-8, before both teams put up 22 points over the game's final eight minutes.
"We have a lot of confidence right now," Bobseine said. "It's always a process going into league play. From a confidence standpoint, there is a huge difference from last year. This year we are finishing games."
Brennan Geiger chipped in 13 points in the win for the Panthers.
For Chautauqua Lake, Kyle Mayer had a game-high 20 points while Ian Clute turned in an all-around performance with 11 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and four steals. Chandler Baker chipped in 10 points and five rebounds and was tasked with handling Stevens, Gowanda's best post player.
"Baker had his best game of the year," Putney said. "He held Stevens to three points in the second half and he just played an outstanding game."
In the consolation matchup, the Clymer Pirates (0-2, 4-3) moved past host Pine Valley (1-5), 61-53, thanks to big performances from Matt DeStevens and Jake Wiggers.
DeStevens put up a team-high 22 points in the victory.
Wiggers followed closely behind with 21 from the floor, and added seven steals as well.
Mitch Einink also chipped in 10 points, six boards and five steals for the winners.
Dylan Granger had 18 points for Pine Valley.
Jake Wilcox notched eight boards and six points on three field goals in the loss
CLCS 66, Westfield 20
MAYVILLE - Jenna Einink continued her dominant season on the hardwood on Saturday afternoon as Chautauqua Lake (2-0, 5-1) rolled past Westfield (0-2, 0-7), 66-20, in CCAA West Division 2 girls basketball action.
The junior center finished with a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double that also included a bucket from 3-point range and eight steals.
Courtney Hewes was just behind Einink with 14 points and seven steals while Ashton Albanesius added 10 points and 10 rebounds in the paint.
Despite shooting poorly from the charity stripe, just 16-of-39, the Lady Thunderbirds managed enough offense to build a comfortable lead that went unchallenged by the Lady Wolverines.
Senior Lacie Landon was the top performer for Westfield. She finished with six points on a pair of treys while teammate Lindsay Harp recorded six boards and five blocks.