Gowanda comes from behind to top Southwestern, 56-49

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GOWANDA — After falling behind by 11 points after one quarter of play, the Gowanda Panthers (12-7) were able to rally and come from behind to pull out a 56-49 victory over the Southwestern Trojans on Thursday in non-league boys high school basketball.

Southwestern jumped out to an early 18-7 lead, but the Panthers came roaring back to tie the game at halftime, 26-26, following a second quarter in which they outscored the Trojans, 19-8.

The Panthers were able to maintain that momentum into the second half and pulled away from Southwestern in the fourth quarter for the win.

Jarmani Benton led all scorers with 22 points in the win. Nate Brawdy added eight points for Gowanda.

Nico Pannis scored 20 points in the loss for Southwestern. Alex Card added 15 points, including four 3-pointers, in the loss.

Gowanda plays its final regular-season game Saturday at Franklinville.

Brocton 42, Forestville 48

FORESTVILLE — A 21-point fourth quarter turned Senior Night into a special one as the Forestville Hornets (9-10 overall, 6-4 league) defeated the Brocton Bulldogs (1-18, 1-11), 48-42, Thursday in non-league boys high school basketball.

It was a slow paced first quarter as Forestville had the edge, 8-5, however, the second quarter went the Bulldogs’ way. Brocton netted 17 points, opposed to Forestville’s seven, to take a 22-15 lead at half.

In the third quarter, much like the opening quarter, the Bulldogs struggled to score as they made four points. The Hornets took advantage as they netted 12 points and took the lead after three, 27-26.

The fourth quarter was tight.

Forestville held a lead and needed to be efficient at the free throw line to end it.

“(Lewis) Markham, down the stretch, went 6 for 6 from the free throw line to keep that cushion,” Forestville head coach Ralph Jackson said. “The fourth quarter, as a whole, we went 8 for 9. For the game, we were 13 for 21. When they counted, we were able to make them.”

The free throws contributed to a 21-point fourth quarter, as Brocton scored 16.

Markham led the Hornets as he scored a game-high 21 points with four steals. Kalvin Stanbro finished with five rebounds and four steals. Trent Hartloff and Stanbro each added eight points in the win.

For Brocton, Riley Rivera led the way with 16 points, while Garrett McFadden and Ronald Brown had 11 points apiece. McFadden also had five rebounds and four steals. Johnethen Spicer had six rebounds and nine blocks in the loss.