Hitting the hardwood

Three score in double-digits, as Silver Creek tops Forestville

OBSERVER Photo at left by Mary Ann Wiberg; OBSERVER Photo at right by Lisa Monacelli At right, Silver Creek’s Dominic Jamison brings the ball up court during his team’s non-league game Tuesday night, in Silver Creek, against Forestville. Pictured at right is Cassadaga Valley’s Connor Crabtree pulling down a rebound during his team’s non-league game against Falconer, on Tuesday, at Cassadaga Valley High School.

SILVER CREEK — Silver Creek (3-0) remained unbeaten as it dropped Forestville (1-3), 52-36, Tuesday night during non-league boys basketball action at Silver Creek High School.

Braeden Woleben had a game-high 16 points to lead three Black Knights in double-figures, as Silver Creek jumped out to an 11-4 lead after the first quarter, before taking a 25-10 lead into halftime. However, Forestville outscored the home team 12-7 in the third quarter to cut its deficit to 32-22, getting as close as 32-24, before the Black Knights pulled away for the 16-point win.

“It’s a learning process for them being so young,” Silver Creek head coach Rob Genco said of his team. “We have five new starters on the varsity level, so we’re taking baby steps, but hopefully, as the season goes on, we can polish things us.”

Also scoring in double-figures for Silver Creek were Chris Williams (12 points, 7 rebounds) and Dominic Jamison (10 points, 5 steals) while Tucker Gates had seven points.

“Everybody played well,” Genco said. “Forestville is a very physical team and we have to keep finding ways to score on physical teams, and we’re going to have to grow so we can sustain the type of play that we’re used to. We were kind of up and down and we let them back in it and if we keep doing that, we’re going to drop some games.”

Forestville was led by Lewis Markham’s 12 points while Brett Beaver had seven points and Trent Hartloff six points in the loss.

St. Mary’s 67, Fredonia 55

LANCASTER — Fredonia (0-1) dropped its season-opening game Tuesday night at St. Mary’s, as the Lancers (0-1) used a 15-6 run in the third quarter to take the lead for good, as they dropped the Hillbillies, 67-55, in non-league boys basketball action.

“I thought our guys that are young and inexperienced in a big game came out and played really well to start the game,” Fredonia head coach Greg Lauer said. “St. Mary’s is a very good team and we just weren’t able to overcome a second-half run by them.”

The Hillbillies held a slim 33-32 lead at halftime, outscoring the Lancers 16-12 in the first quarter, before St. Mary’s put up 20 points to Fredonia’s 17 in the second quarter. Then, in the third quarter, St. Mary’s 15-6 run put them ahead 47-39 heading into the final frame, where it outscored the visitors, 20-16 for the 67-55 final.

Lucas Voss and Nick Ruckman (four steals) tied for the team-high in points for the Hillbillies, as each had 15 while Nick Piper chipped in 10 points of his own. Also for the Hillbillies, Nate Shuart had six points and a team-high 11 rebounds while Reid Tarnowski had five points to go with five assists.

Global Concepts 81, North Collins 70

NORTH COLLINS — North Collins (1-1) stayed close, but could not catch up to Global Concepts (1-2) Tuesday night, as the Eagles fell to the Gators, 81-70, in non-league boys basketball action at North Collins High School.

“That’s a lot of points for us,” North Collins’ head coach Jan Warren said. “They played hard. I’m proud of them.”

The Gators held a 20-17 lead after the first quarter and a 42-33 lead at the break, before narrowly outscoring North Collins 39-37 in the second half.

“They never took the lead, but they kept playing,” Warren said. “It was a good learning experience for them and I think what they learned was that they can score points when they have to.”

Trever Mercado had a team-high 17 points while Brandon Zielinski chipped in 16 points and a team-high eight rebounds in the loss. Also for the Eagles, Jack Schroeder had 14 points while Dylan Mercado had 12 points.

“I’m excited going into our league schedule because I think they are going to surprise some people,” Warren said. “They could have shut it down (Tuesday), but they didn’t. They kept playing hard.”

Lamiere Burrough had a game-high 32 points in the win for the Gators while Dwight Dilbert chipped in 22 points. Brandon Parker had nine points in the win.

CVCS 39, Falconer 38

SINCLAIRVILLE — Cassadaga Valley got its first win of the season by edging non-league foe Falconer, 39-38, Tuesday night.

Brandon Chamberlin scored 13 points and Henry Nunez added 11 for the Cougars (1-1).

Falconer (0-3) had a chance to win the game, but missed two foul shots with two seconds remaining.

Nunez grabbed 20 rebounds and Connor Crabtree snared 13 boards for the winners. Crabtree and Adam Goot each picked up two steals.

The Cougars hit 8-of-12 free throws while Falconer made just 4 of 12.

Brandon Crick had 18 points and Brandon Luke added 14 in defeat. Luke grabbed seven rebounds and Hunter Blue added six.