Fredonia beats Falconer on Senior Night

OBSERVER Photo by Justin Goetz Fredonia’s Matt Tinstman shoots over the Falconer defense during Friday night high school basketball action at Fredonia High School.

A night of celebration for Fredonia had a fitting final result.

The Fredonia Hillbillies defeated the Falconer Golden Falcons, 74-30, in a CCAA Division 1 West boys basketball matchup on Senior Night in Fredonia.

After the Senior Night celebration prior to the game, Fredonia (4-12, 2-9) began the game with all five seniors — Reid Tarnowski, Jared Kowalski, Brendan Plaister, Andrew Field and Matt Tinstman — on the court at tip-off. Falconer (1-19, 0-12) matched with five seniors, as well, playing in their final game of the regular season.

The first quarter was very evenly matched. Both teams traded shares of the lead throughout the first quarter, before the quarter expired with a 17-16 Fredonia lead.

“It was a great first quarter,” said Falconer coach Jamie Glatz. “Both teams were very competitive.”

After the first quarter, the game completely changed. Fredonia got Nate Shuart involved in the second quarter offensively, with eight of his 10 points in the game coming in the second frame. Falconer, on the other hand, did not get anyone going in the second quarter, as the Golden Falcons failed to score in the quarter. Fredonia had a 19-0 advantage in the second quarter, leading to a 36-16 halftime lead for the Hillbillies.

We couldn’t get anything to fall,” said Glatz. “We had five buckets that were half-in, half-out.”

Falconer did not score again until 4:39 remaining in the third quarter, putting an end to a 22-0 run for Fredonia over nearly 12 minutes of play.

Fredonia kept its double-digit advantage the rest of the way. The Hillbillies led 53-25 after the third quarter and outscored Falconer, 21-5, in the fourth quarter.

“Our defense picked up … and I think they did a great job, especially in the second quarter,” said Fredonia coach Greg Lauer.

Jared Kowalski led Fredonia with 11 points, while Shuart and Ka’Rim Levens each had 10 points and three steals apiece. Falconer’s leaders were Tylar Olsen with 13 points and Trent Wood with 12 points.

“Jared Kowalski came out and shot the ball pretty well,” said Lauer. “It was really nice to see him go out on a good note.”


Kowalski’s team-high 11 points were accompanied by three assists, two rebounds and two steals. Field had seven points and two offensive rebounds, with a steal and an assist. Plaister had five points, four rebounds, an assist and a steal. Tarnowski had four points, an assist and a rebound, while Tinstman had four points and an assist, as well.


Fredonia has a non-league game today at 3:30 at home, before traveling to league-leading Olean on Tuesday to close out the regular season. From then on, Fredonia looks to the postseason.

“Going into playoffs, we could be a tough lower seed that teams might not want to play,” said Lauer.

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