Three-week rust dooms Wolverines in defeat

OBSERVER Photo by Roger Coda Westfield’s Brock Schuster (15) shoots over a trio of Frewsburg defenders during Tuesday’s CCAA West 2 boys high school basketball game.

WESTFIELD — The Westfield Wolverines (2-5, 1-1) had not played a game in exactly three weeks, and coach Bob North said it was evident as the Frewsburg Bears (8-2, 4-1) walked away with a 73-42 victory in CCAA West 2 boys high school basketball Tuesday.

“It looked like we hadn’t played in a while,” North said. “We did not look good at either end of the court. It was three-week rust, for sure.”

The Bears held a slim 12-9 lead after eight minutes and a nine-point edge at halftime. But in the second half, the Bears outscored the home team, 42-19.

In the first half, Frewsburg’s Cordell O’Brien had 13 points and had a hand in seven more points to keep the Bears in front.

“We knew O’Brien was tough coming in,” North said. “He had 13 points and most of his (five) assists were in the first half. We tried to play matchup zone and we didn’t do a very good job.”

During the third quarter, Westfield made just one field goal and was 7 of 15 from the charity stripe. Overall, the Wolverines were just 14 of 31 from the foul line.

O’Brien finished with a game-high 21 points while Brad Nelson and Caleb Caldwell each had 11. O’Brien also had eight rebounds while Quinn Conlan had nine.

Westfield’s leading scorer was David Grayson with 11 points. Kolby Bills had six rebounds in defeat.

The Wolverines travel to Sherman today.


BROCTON — The Panama Panthers (1-9) walked out of Brocton (0-9, 0-4) with a 47-34 victory over the Brocton Bulldogs on Tuesday in a battle of winless teams.

The Bulldogs managed just three points in the opening eight minutes of the CCAA West 2 boys high school basketball contest and could never get on track.

“We picked the worst night to have our worst game,” Brocton coach Matt Sieberg said. “Once we made three points in the first quarter, I knew we had to get hot or we would be in trouble. Panama executed well and played with more intensity. It’s not that we aren’t hustling, we just aren’t playing with the same intensity. We picked a bad night to not execute offensively or defensively.”

Nolan Eggleston led Panama with 13 points while Lucas Golden had 11 for the victors. Eggleston and Tom Delahoy each had six rebounds for the Panthers.

Armed with a 23-12 halftime lead and a 36-21 advantage heading into the fourth quarter, the Panthers played smart basketball to ensure their first win of the season.

“They got a lead and sat on it,” Seiberg said. “When we got down, they sat on the clock and used the shot clock correctly and were able to make a couple points. It’s tough to come back and challenge. I would have sat on the clock, too.”

Johnethen Spicer was the lone bright spot for the Bulldogs with 16 points and as many rebounds. Tyler DeRosier had seven rebounds to go along with his five points.

Brocton looks for its first win Friday at Sherman.


CLYMER — Dylan Davis turned in a fine all-around performance to lead a balanced attack, helping Clymer to a 61-51 CCAA West 2 victory over Cassadaga Valley.

Davis scored nine points to go along with 14 rebounds, two blocked shots and three assists. Josh VanEarden added 15 points; Dustin Neckers chipped in 13 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three blocks; Corey Neckers added 11 points; Jordan Wade had 10 points; and Robert Overton dished out six assists for the Pirates (5-4, 2-1).

Brandon Chamberlin paced the Cougars (3-6, 1-1) with 21 points and eight steals; Connor Crabtree added 17 points; and Hunter Pastor brought down 11 rebounds.

Clymer led 18-13 after the first quarter and 42-26 at halftime.