Brawdy lifts Gowanda to victory

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GOWANDA — A barrage of 3-pointers by the Allegany-Limestone Gators kept the score close, but in the end it was the Gowanda Panthers (10-4, 5-2) who prevailed, 70-63, in a CCAA East I boys basketball showdown.

Gowanda held a 21-17 lead entering the second quarter, but Allegany-Limestone’s Zach Hemphill allowed the Gators to hang tight.

Hemphill hit five 3’s in the game and helped narrow Gowanda’s lead to 35-33 at the half.

His hot hand continued, but Gowanda’s Lucas Brawdy had another dominating performance for the Panthers.

“(Brawdy) has been consistent with those type of (double-double) games,” Gowanda coach Andy Bobseine said. “Against Silver Creek, he was great, too. His second and third chances on the offensive end are great for our offense to extend possessions. We lost our post player to graduation and Brawdy has had to step it up. He’s done an amazing job.”

Brawdy finished with 25 points and 20 rebounds to help Gowanda secure the victory as the Gators came roaring back late to overcome a double-digit fourth-quarter deficit.

Jermani Benton added 19 points in the win while Matt Kruszka scored 13.

Hemphill scored 22 points in the loss while Sam Flanders added 23.

Gowanda travels to Randolph Monday.

RANDOLPH 47, SILVER CREEK 41

SILVER CREEK — Despite an eight-game losing streak, Silver Creek coach Rob Genco is finding plenty of positives in his team.

And despite a 47-41 loss to the Randolph Cardinals on Thursday in CCAA East 1 boys high school basketball action, Genco looked at the glass as half full.

“Randolph beat us the first time by 29 points and (Thursday) we were two buckets away from taking the lead,” he said. “We have gotten better. We are certainly a lot better team than the first time through the division. We lost by 26 to Sherman and then only lost by three the last time. Salamanca, we lost on a buzzer beater. They have 14 wins this season.”

Randolph jumped out to a 12-6 lead after the first quarter and led 30-17 at halftime. The Black Knights went on to outscore the visitors, 22-19 in the second half, but the deficit was too much to overcome.

“I can’t be more proud of the growth,” Genco said. “I am excited. We are young and we are showing growth. We have four guys starting who I have for three more years. They don’t quit or point fingers. What’s most impressive is they get back to work and work even harder. These guys are there and have an unbelievable attitude.  They work extremely hard. That’s the big picture: They are learning to work hard and grind. I couldn’t be more proud.”

The Cardinals received balanced scoring as Jake Beaver scored 15 points and Tyler Hind had 13. Nick Martonis scored 10 points in the win. Jarrett Lecceadone pulled down 10 rebounds and had five assists while Kaleb Frink had eight rebounds and five blocks.

For the Black Knights (7-10, 0-7), Braeden Woleben had 11 points and Chris Williams had 10.

“Randolph is undefeated in the division,” Genco noted. “They are the best of the best. We gave them a game. They should be proud of themselves. The outcome isn’t what we wanted, but how can you not be proud?”

Silver Creek travels to Portville next Tuesday.

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