FORESTVILLE - The Forestville Hornets (10-8, 9-1) clinched the CCAA East II division title Thursday with a 71-22 victory over the West Valley Panthers (3-15, 1-9).
Due to a tough non-league schedule early in the season, Forestville got off to an 0-6 start, but never lost its confidence. The Hornets went on to win 10 of their next 12 games en route to a division title.
With the win, Forestville will enter the Section 6 Class D playoffs as the No. 2 seed behind only Sherman, the state's No. 1 ranked Class D school.
OBSERVER?Photo by Lisa Monacelli
Forestville’s Caleb Makuch scores two of his 17 points during Thursday’s CCAA?East II?boys high school basketball game against West Valley.
In celebration of Senior Night, the Hornets put the hammer down early and jumped out to an 18-8 lead after the first quarter and expanded their lead to 39-14 at the half.
With a division title in sight, Forestville ratcheted up its defense in the second half and held the Panthers to a total of eight points in the second half.
Senior Wayne Hartloff led the Hornets with 18 points, seven rebounds, five steals and four blocks. Fellow senior Jacob Nosbisch contributed five steals, six assists and two points. Connor Stone, Forestville's third senior who is suffering from a season-ending injury, dressed for the game and was honored along with his fellow seniors.
Caleb Makuch added 17 points, seven rebounds and five steals in the win.
Emil Erlandson led West Valley with eight points, seven rebounds and five steals.
"It feels awesome," Forestville coach Ralph Jackson said about winning his first league title since taking over the team four years ago. "The kids were so pumped after the game. They played hard all game and were diving for balls until the very end. You have to play hard all game. There are no guarantees."
Forestville will host either North Collins or West Valley in the first round of the Section 6 Class D playoffs depending on the outcome of a coin flip.
Pine Valley 60, North Collins 42
NORTH COLLINS - The Pine Valley Panthers (7-11, 5-5) took a slim 23-20 lead into halftime before opening it up in the second half to claim a 60-42 victory over the North Collins Eagles (1-16, 1-9) Thursday in a CCAA East II boys basketball game.
Thomas Raiport exploded for 32 points, including nine 3-pointers, to lift the Panthers to victory.
"He had the type of night you dream about as a high school kid," North Collins coach Rob Catalino said. "He had all nine (3-pointers) in the first three quarters. He just got hot and never cooled down. He's a great kid. I coach against him and baseball and made sure I congratulated him after the game."
Dylon Mercado led the Eagles with 12 points while teammate Zane Lloyd scored 11 in the loss.
Sherman 67, Westfield 46
WESTFIELD - The Westfield Wolverines (9-9, 6-6) were able to hang with the state's No. 4 Class D team for a quarter of play, but the Sherman Wildcats (17-1, 12-0) used an 18-5 third quarter to pull ahead en route to a 67-46 victory Thursday in CCAA West II boys basketball action.
The Wildcats hit 12 3-pointers in the game, including four from Ryan Meyers who finished with 17 points in the win. Andrew Graham scored a game-high 19 points for Sherman while Ryan Robson added 13 points
Tanner Dahl scored 14 points to lead the Wolverine's offense. Jacob Gray contributed in the loss with 10 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
Chautauqua Lake 49, Clymer 45 OT?
MAYVILLE - The Chautauqua Lake Thunderbirds (6-12, 4-8) needed overtime Thursday to down the Clymer Pirates (9-9, 5-7), 49-45, in CCAA West II boys high school basketball.
Ian Clute broke his own school record in the process with 22 rebounds while Kyle Mayer connected on five 3-pointers to spark the Thunderbirds.
The Pirates held a 21-18 halftime lead, but the home team responded with an 18-13 advantage in the third quarter.
With the score tied 40-all heading into overtime, Carter Davidson hit a key bucket and AJ Hulton hit a free throw to put the game away.
Carter Davidson contributed in the win with 12 points and five rebounds.
"Offensively, we are starting to come," Chautauqua Lake coach Michael Putney said. "We are getting there. They work their butts off."
Clymer received 14 points from Matt DeStevens while Mitch Einink had 11 points, seven rebounds and six steals.
Cassadaga Valley 58
PANAMA - The Panama Panthers (8-4, 12-5) were able to sneak past Cassadaga Valley (7-5, 11-7), 60-58, on Thursday night in CCAA West II boys high school basketball.
Dan and Josh Odell finished the night with 16 and 13 points, respectively for the winners, with Dan picking up 10 rebounds for a double-double.
Chris Blose also picked up seven boards for Panama and added six points.
Randy Dalaba finished with 21 and nine rebounds for the Cougars while Cody Johnson had 12 rebounds and 19 from the floor for his double-double.
Falconer-Frewsburg 65, Brocton 50
BROCTON - Mitch Carter poured in 27 points to lift the Falconer-Frewsburg Bears (9-9, 4-6) to a 65-50 victory over the Brocton Bulldogs (1-16, 0-12) on Thursday in non-league boys high school basketball.
Carter had 19 points at halftime as the visitors built a 40-23 halftime advantage.
Josh Nelson contributed in the win as he scored 20 points. Nelson and Carter combined for seven of the team's 10 treys.
Brocton was led by Anthony Riforgiato's 10 points. Bryan Graves had six rebounds in the losing effort.