Young Black Knights shine in non-league victory

OBSERVER Photo by Justin Goetz Silver Creek’s Brady Woleben (45) shoots over Buffalo Academy’s Julian Johnson during Friday’s non-league boys high school basketball game.

SILVER CREEK — A pair of Silver Creek underclassmen provided the Black Knights a spark Friday as they defeated Buffalo Academy of Science Charter, 76-70, in boys non-league basketball action.

Sophomore Brady Woleben scored 27 points and freshman Dom Jamison added 22 as Silver Creek rallied from a 52-48 fourth-quarter deficit for the win.

Woleben is now averaging 25 points a game on the season.

“I wanted to bring Woleben up as a ninth grader,” Silver Creek coach Rob Genco said, noting Woleben broke his leg in the first game of the jayvee season last year. “He played in our final game against Middle College. We knew he was something special. People at that game last year raised an eyebrow.  They know this is a kid to keep an eye on.”

Jamison was clutch in the fourth quarter with a pair of treys and had ice in his veins at the free-throw line, where he went 5 for 6 down the stretch.

“Dom hit some big-boy shots for a ninth grader,” Genco said. “I am excited to see Dom develop.”

The visitors held an 18-16 lead after the first quarter, but Silver Creek took a 38-34 advantage into halftime.

Bryant Jones had a big game for the Black Knights with 13 rebounds while Woleben had 14. Chris Williams added eight assists and 10 points, including a key 3-pointer in the fourth quarter. Tom Galfo also had 11 points for the victors.

“Buffalo Academy is on our schedule as our first measuring stick of the season,” Genco said. “We lost our starting guard three seconds into the game. Tommy Galfo stepped in and did a nice job. We played the old Silver Creek style of playing five guys. We didn’t sub once. That’s tough to do. They battled. I didn’t know this young team could score 76 points.  For us to be able to run with them at their pace and go shot for shot shows me this team is a little more special than probably I thought. I didn’t think we could play this style. Buffalo Academy set the pace and we ran with them. We were able to handle their pressure to an extent. I am so proud of the way all of them played (Friday).”

Julian Johnson led Buffalo Academy with 27 points while Ibrahim Osmani had 10.

Silver Creek is back in action next Friday when it hosts Springville.

Pine valley 46, Brocton 29

BROCTON — Zach Mansfield had a game-high 24 points to go with seven rebounds and four steals as Pine Valley (3-1) topped Brocton (0-2), 46-29, in non-league boys basketball action on Friday night.

The Panthers held a 14-8 lead after the first quarter and a 25-16 lead at the break. In the third quarter, Brocton outscored Pine Valley, 10-9, before going cold in the fourth quarter, where it was outscored 12-3.

“We came out sluggish,” Brocton head coach Matt Seiberg said. “I think Pine Valley got up 8-0 before we started to make a couple of baskets. But we really struggled to execute offensively.

“In the second half we cut our deficit down to four, but we had a couple of bad turnovers and Mansfield had a couple of big shots to help them pull away,” Seiberg added. “We’ve got a lot of learning to do, but I kind of thought this was how the beginning of the season was going to go.”

Dylan Chase added 14 points and eight rebounds in the win while Robbie Clutter had four points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

For Brocton, Tyler DeRosier had four points and eight rebounds, Johnethen Spicer and Garrett McFadden had seven points each and Charles Rexford charted eight rebounds.