T’birds, Billies combine for 19 treys in CLCS win

At right, Chautauqua Lake’s Aaron Swan (21) pulls down a rebound.

MAYVILLE — In a battle fought behind the arc for much of the game, it was the Chautauqua Lake Thunderbirds (17-3, 10-2) who came out on top of the Fredonia Hillbillies (6-14, 4-8), 77-65, Monday in a CCAA West I boys high school basketball matchup.

Fredonia came out hot from 3-point range as Lucas Voss continually fired away and hit from deep early. Luckily for the Thunderbirds, who hit nine 3’s in the game to Fredonia’s 10, they were able to keep pace via the longball as well. After a blistering first period, Fredonia held a 21-19 lead.

“Fredonia shot the lights out,” Chautauqua Lake coach Michael Putney said. “Voss was hitting early and had seven 3’s in the game. It was back and forth with the 3’s; it seemed like they’d come up and hit one then we’d go back down the other way and hit one of our own. We started hot, then they took the lead to finish the first.”

In the second, Devin Pope, one of the best scorers in Western New York, began to take over. Pope scored 11 in the quarter and Chautauqua Lake scored 19 as a team while holding the Hillbillies to 12 for a 38-33 halftime lead.

“Devin was making unbelievable shots off good screens,” Putney said. “He was hitting fade-away shots from 3-point range and was just on fire. Aaron (Swan) was in foul trouble and missed a big portion of the game. Kyler Majka and Alex Gleason came in and gave good minutes. Tyler hit some really big shots. It was our Senior Night and we got all our guys in. Hats off to our eight seniors who all contributed in the win.”

OBSERVER Photos by Lisa Monacelli At left, Fredonia’s Nick Ruckman (23) puts up a shot during Monday’s CCAA West 1 boys high school basketball game.

It was more Pope in the second half as the junior standout guard scored 12 more in the third to pace the Thunderbirds en route to their best quarter of the contest with 23 team points. As dominant as Pope is, Voss did everything in his power to will the Hillbillies to victory. Again and again he launched 3’s, but in the end it was all for naught.

Entering the fourth, Fredonia trailed by a score of 61-50. The Hillbillies held strong in the fourth, but were once again outscored in the final period, 16-15.

Leading the way for the Hillbillies was Voss, who finished with 25 points, including his seven 3’s. Nate Shuart added 20 points in the loss.

Pope finished with 35 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four steals. Aaron Swan added 13 points, five rebounds and three steal

s in the win.