Young Olean takes down young Billies, 70-44

OBSERVER Photo by Lisa Monacelli Fredonia’s Nick Ruckman (23) attempts a shot over Olean’s Luke Rogers (31) during Tuesday’s CCAA West 1 boys high school basketball game.

The Fredonia Hillbillies (3-8, 1-3) and Olean Huskies (9-2, 3-1) are both young teams this season trending in different directions.

But after the Huskies handled the Hillbillies, 70-44 on Tuesday, Fredonia coach Greg Lauer is hoping his team learned something in the CCAA West 1 contest.

“The guys see how new guys step up and I hope it rubs off on them,” he said. “They need to step up now.”

Fredonia held a 15-13 lead after eight minutes, but the middle two quarters doomed the Hillbillies as the visitors went on a 38-13 run during that 16-minute span.

“We were right with them with about three minutes left in the first half,” Lauer lamented. “They went on a little run at the end of the half and went up by nine at halftime. We didn’t match their intensity coming out of halftime. They made another run on us.”

OBSERVER Photo by Lisa Monacelli Olean coach Jeff Anastasia picked up his 545th career victory Tuesday with a 70-44 win over Fredonia. The 545 wins sets the record for all time wins by a Western New York coach.

The Huskies had three players score in double digits, led by Monty Shoemaker’s 20 points. Tristen Snyder added 18 and Matt Droney had 10.

On the other side, Fredonia’s lone scorer in double digits was Nate Shuart, who had 18. Meanwhile, Olean held Fredonia’s top scorer, Lucas Voss, to zero points.

“We need for him to score to stay in games,” Lauer said, noting Voss was 0 for 6 from beyond the arc. “They played very good defense. We tried to get Lucas shots When we did, he wasn’t hitting. We needed his usual 15-16 a game and we are back in it .”

Voss did had five rebounds while Nick Ruckman had four assists.

For Olean coach Jeff Anastasia, it was his 545th career victory which sets the record for the all-time wins by a coach in Western New York.

The Hillbillies look to get back into the win column Friday at Southwestern.