FORESTVILLE - The Forestville Hornets (4-7, 3-0) took their lumps early in the season as it went 0-7 in non-league games.
Those early-season woes are paying off now as the Hornets defeated Clymer (6-6, 2-4) on Tuesday, 51-41, for its fourth-straight victory in a non-league boys high school basketball contest.
"We played some close games early in the year and definitely took some lumps," Forestville coach Ralph Jackson said. "We are learning from it and we are getting better each game."
It took a fourth-quarter comeback Tuesday for the Hornets to remain perfect in the league and Jake Nosbisch was a key reason for the win as he scored all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter. The Hornets shot 11 for 15 from the charity stripe in the final frame as Nosbisch went 5 for 7 and Dylan Szumigala went 5 for 6.
"We knew we had to get the ball into those guys' hands because they were going to be fouling," Jackson said.
The Pirates jumped out to a 10-8 lead after the first quarter and held a 23-15 halftime edge. The Hornets began their comeback in the third as they cut the deficit, 28-26, heading into the fourth. From there, the home team outscored Clymer, 25-13 for the win.
"They definitely kept fighting," Jackson said of Clymer, noting the Pirates hit three, 3-pointers in the final eight minutes.
All nine players on the Hornets' roster contributed with at least a point Tuesday and Jackson noted that has been the key to his team's success.
"Everyone is contributing," he said. "We have nine guys on the team and five out of the nine have led us in scoring in at least one game this year. There is not one kid we lean on. I don't think I have that one kid to lean on and that's not a bad thing. Each night could be a different player. We are never going to have a 20-point scorer, but we will have a 13-15 point scorer and everyone else contributing."
Caleb Makuch had 11 rebounds while Wayne Hartloff had 10 boards and three blocks in the win. Szumigala also had five assists.
For the Pirates, Mitch Einink led the way with 14 points while Jake Wiggers had 11 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Jared Dunwald had eight rebounds in a losing effort.
The Hornets return to action Friday at West Valley.
Cassadaga Valley 49, Chautauqua Lake 34
MAYVILLE - Mike Lancaster had a team-high 15 points while adding six rebounds and Cody Johnson chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds, as Cassadaga Valley (8-4, 4-2) dropped Chautauqua Lake (4-8, 2-4), 49-34, during CCAA West II boys basketball action Tuesday night.
"Going against Coach (Rich) Clifford was a delight," Chautauqua Lake head coach Michael Putney. "He's a great coach. He brings a lot of intensity and he gets 110 percent out of his players."
The Cougars went up 17-7 after the first quarter, before building their lead to 28-15 at the break. The third quarter saw the Thunderbirds get outscored 11-8, before they put up 11 points to the Cougars' 10 points in the fourth quarter.
"We shot 21 percent from the field," Putney said. "And you're not going to win a lot of games (shooting that way). I thought our defense played extremely well holding them to 49 points."
Randy Dalaba chipped in eight points and seven rebounds in the win while Kyle Ruge charted seven points and five steals.
For Chautauqua Lake, Ian Clute led the way with a game-high 16 points and 11 rebounds while Devin Pope had six points in his varsity debut.
"Ian Clute played another fine game," Putney said. "He brought the intensity and Pope had first varsity experience.
"We're going to see great things from him," Putney continued of Pope, an eighth grader. "He has great court sense and great vision. He makes things happen."