Cougars’ defense not enough in loss to Black?Knights

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CASSADAGA – A stellar defensive effort from the Cassadaga Valley Cougars (5-3, 1-2) wasn’t enough to hand Silver Creek (9-0, 4-0) its first loss of the season as the Black Knights prevailed in the CCAA Division 2 contest, 63-42, Thursday.

“I have a very young team and we know how good Silver Creek is,” Cassadaga Valley coach Rich Clifford said. “We’ve been holding teams to 43 points per game. We played hard the whole game.”

Kaine Kettle led Silver Creek with 23 points while Bill Brooks added 13 points and eight blocks. Zed Williams only netted four points, but had another solid all-around game with seven assists and seven steals.

Randy Dalaba put together a nice game for the Cougars with 14 points, 11 rebounds and three assists. Mike Lancaster added seven rebounds and three assists to go with three points.

Silver Creek built a 20-point first half lead, but Cassadaga Valley was only outscored by one point in the second half.

“I’m very pleased with the team’s effort,” Clifford added. “We have a lot of work to do, but it’s encouraging.”

Cassadaga Valley travels to take on Frewsburg, Monday.

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WESTFIELD – Westfield’s defense smothered Forestville (3-4, 1-2) as the Wolverines cruised to a 73-23 win, Thursday in CCAA Division 3 basketball.

After Forestville was able to score 12 in the first quarter, Westfield (4-4, 2-0) held the Hornets to just 11 points in the three remaining quarters – including zero in the third.

“The emphasis tonight was on defense,” Westfield coach Bob North said. “I didn’t think we had been playing good defense until this point. Obviously we did tonight.”

Jon Coe led a balanced Westfield offense with 17 points while Tanner Dahl added 14. Dylan McCubbin chipped in 12 points while earning praise from his coach for his play on the defensive end.

“Dylan always leads the defense and it was no different tonight,” North added. “We did a nice job on the defensive end.”

Westfield also outrebounded Forestville, 44-26, led by Dan Tofil’s 10 boards.

Paul Davis led Forestville with seven points while Caleb Makuch and Wayne Hartloft each grabbed six rebounds.

Westfield will look to stay undefeated in league play, Monday at Franklinville.

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BROCTON – The Brocton Bulldogs successfully defended their home court with a 56-46 win over North Collins, Thursday, in a CCAA Division 4 boys high school basketball.

Jordan Patterson led the way with 17 points, six rebounds and four steals. Brocton (4-1, 2-1) also got a big contribution from Anthony Riforgiato, who accounted for 15 points, 10 rebounds and a pair of steals.

“I was very happy with Anthony Riforgiato,” Brocton coach Jeff Franze said. “We got in severe foul trouble again, but the kids gutted it out and finished it out on a positive note.”

Jared Keppel was basically a one-man show for North Collins. He scored 34 of the team’s 46 points (74%) but it wasn’t enough to erase an 11-point halftime deficit.

“We tried to take away Keppel,” Franze admitted. “He was consistent throughout the night. He’s quite a player.”

The Bulldogs will look to continue their hot start to the season, Monday, with a trip to Clymer.

ANGOLA – Clark Brueckl’s 17 points were not enough as the Lake Shore Eagles (2-2, 3-4) fell to Amherst (5-0, 6-1), 59-53, Thursday in ECIC Division 2 boys high school basketball.

Amherst held a 19-12 first-quarter lead and a 33-24 halftime edge. The Eagles outscored the visitors, 29-26, in the second half but could not overcome the first-half deficit which saw Lake Shore turn the ball over several times, according to Lake Shore coach Dan Gerken.

Wade Bergum added 14 points in the losing effort while Ryan Joslyn had 11 rebounds and nine points.

The Eagles return to action Tuesday when they host East Aurora.