BEMUS POINT - Down six points heading into the fourth quarter, Fredonia (8-3, 5-0) switched its defense to a 3-2 zone and it made all the difference as the Hillbillies stormed back for a 54-52 win over CCAA West I counterpart Maple Grove (5-7, 1-3).
"They took the lead with 2:14 left in the fourth quarter," Maple Grove head coach Curt Fischer said of Fredonia. "And from there, it was a couple of nip-and-tuck buckets that sealed it. We had some opportunities, but Fredonia stood strong in that zone."
The Red Dragons jumped out to a 19-14 lead after the first quarter and took a 38-29 lead into the break. Fredonia chipped away at the Maple Grove lead in the third quarter, outscoring the Red Dragons, 14-11. In the fourth quarter, the Hillbillies held the Red Dragons to just three points to help them remain perfect in league play.
"They're a solid team that came away with a win," Fischer added of the Hillbillies. "I'm proud of my team for sticking with a good team. If there's such a thing as a good loss, that was a good loss."
Maple Grove's Corey Wefing led all scorers with 23 points while adding 10 rebounds, six steals and five assists.
Graham Soffel chipped in 16 points for the Red Dragons while Riley Beaton had nine points in the loss.
For the Hillbillies, Dylan Meyer had a team-high 18 points while Pat Moore and Nick Johnston each had 12 points. Cam Voss chipped in eight points in the win.
CCAA West II
Chautauqua Lake 58, Brocton 50
BROCTON - Carter Davidson had a game-high 17 points Wednesday night as Chautauqua Lake (4-6, 2-2) held on for a 58-50 win over CCAA West II foe Brocton (0-9, 0-6).
"I thought we lost (the game) from the arc," Brocton head coach Jeff Franze said. "(Wednesday) they scored 18 points and we scored six. We knew we had to stop Davidson and he got some pretty good looks (Wednesday)."
Davidson scored nine of his 17 points from behind the arc while Ryan Miller added 12 points and AJ Hulton nine points. Ian Clute chipped in 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds to finish with a double-double.
The Thunderbirds jumped out to a 17-10 lead after the first quarter, before the Bulldogs got back into the game by outscoring the visitors, 13-7, to make the score 24-23, in favor of Chautauqua Lake, as the teams went to the break.
The Thunderbirds broke the game open in the third quarter, as they outscored the Bulldogs, 22-13, to balloon their lead to 46-36. Brocton put up 14 points to Chautauqua Lake's 12 in the fourth quarter for the 58-50 final.
"The first and third quarters continue to kill us," Franze noted.
Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Aaron Riforgiato, who finished with 15 points. Also for Brocton, Macalum Buchanan had 13 points while Anthony Riforgiato had eight points and a team-high seven rebounds.