Hillbillies lose season opener

OBSERVER Staff Report

ALLEGANY — The Fredonia Hillbillies boys basketball season did not begin as many around the program had hoped it would, as the Hillbillies fell short in the season opener against Buffalo Science in the Shootout in the Swamp tournament at Allegany-Limestone on Wednesday night, 64-53.

“We came out pretty flat,” said Fredonia head coach Nick Bertrando. “That was the deciding factor in the game. We didn’t play up to our expectations.”

Fredonia (0-1) trailed 16-9 after the first quarter and found themselves down 33-24 at the half. Though the Hillbillies outscored Buffalo Science (1-1) in the third quarter, the Hillbillies could not close the gap.

“We got it down to two multiple times, but couldn’t get over the hump,” said Bertrando.

Nate Shuart led the Hillbillies with 16 points, while Tyler Putney had 11 and Kaleb Rybij had nine. Brayden Myers had eight points and five rebounds.

Sean Johnson had a game-high 23 points for Buffalo Science, while Ibrahim Osmani had 20.

Fredonia will now compete in the consolation game of the tournament on Saturday.