Ellicottville lives up to billing, tops Pine Valley

SOUTH DAYTON — Ellicottville not only entered Monday night’s CCAA East  2 tilt with Pine Valley winners of six games in a row, but the Eagles were also listed as the No. 6 Class D team in the state according to the New York State Sportswriters Association.

Following yet another impressive performance, it’s easy to see why Ellicottville has the state’s attention.

Elliot Bowen put forth his usual tremendous effort, pouring in 19 points and grabbing 18 rebounds; Austin Grinols (18 points) and Griffin Chudy (14 points) both reached double figures; and the Eagles outscored Pine Valley, 30-8, in the third quarter en route to a convincing 73-47 win.

The victory improved Ellicottville’s record on the season to 13-2, its league record to 6-0 and it upped its winning streak to seven.

“Just some transition baskets (helped us get going in the third quarter),” Ellicottville head coach Dave McCann said. “And we tried to play a little bit more disciplined on defense. In the first half, I thought we were getting beat on some cuts that we shouldn’t have been getting beat on and just (weren’t) in the right place at the right time. … (We) settled in I think in the second half and did a much better job of just staying disciplined.”

Ellicottville started the game on a 15-4 run, but Pine Valley found its footing, hung close throughout the first half and only trailed 39-26 heading into the locker room.

Coming out of the locker room, the Eagles’ size and athleticism — particularly on the glass and in transition — took its toll on the Panthers.

“The effort just wasn’t there,” Pine Valley coach Dave Pihlblad stressed. “And with (Ellicottville’s) size, if you don’t box out, if you don’t get that position, they’re going to just kill you (on the glass) all night long and they definitely did that. … I thought we had a good stretch at the end of the first quarter going into the second quarter. We started playing some good basketball, got the (deficit) into single digits. … We came out flat (in the second half) and (Ellicottville) just kept running and running.”

Gilberto Ortiz had 10 points in defeat for the Panthers while Stephen Crisanti contributed nine points and Zach Mansfield had seven points. Dylan Chase and Austin Butcher also added six points apiece.

Pine Valley will look to rebound from the tough loss Thursday on the road in a league battle with Forestville.

“We’ve got two options,” Pihlblad emphasized. “We can just kind of pout and feel bad about ourselves or we can work hard in practice (today) and try to right the ship. We’ve got a big game against Forestville on Thursday (and) they just beat us. So we’ll see what we’re made of going forward.”

Grinols dished out a team-high seven assists, had six steals and hit three 3-pointers to go along with his 18 points for Ellicottville. In addition, Chudy handed out six assists, Deric Leiper added seven points and Steven Rowland had six points.

The Eagles will look to keep rolling Thursday, when they travel to take on North Collins.

“We’re playing pretty well right now,” McCann stated. “I think the last couple nights in particular at Bolivar (last Friday) and tonight, I thought we played pretty well. But, I think we still can play better. … There are some things that we need to clean up, but for the most part, I feel as if we are playing some pretty good basketball.”

NOTES: Clayton Rowland scored 18 points and Wyatt Chudy chipped in with 9 points to help lead Ellicottville’s jayvee team to a 44-28 victory. Pine Valley was paced by 15 points from Anthony Yaskow.


CATTARAUGUS – Brandan Zielinski scored a career-high 37 points to lead North Collins to a 76-66 Division 2 East win over Cattaraugus-Little Valley.

Zielinski scored 13 of the Eagles’ 14 first-quarter points and finished the night off with 11 points in the fourth quarter.

Dylon Mercado added 19 points and Zachary Schroeder chipped in 12 for North Collins (2-11, 1-4).

Kellen Martin led the Timberwolves (3-12, 0-5) with 24 points while Andrew Hutchison added 16 points, TJ Southwick had 13 and Austin Baker added 11.