First-quarter run helps Falconer down Gowanda

OBSERVER Staff Report

GOWANDA – After falling behind 9-3 in the opening minutes, the Falconer Golden Falcons (1-4) took a timeout to regroup.

The result was a 12-2 run which ultimately carried the visitors to a 78-64 victory over the Gowanda Panthers (2-9, 0-5) on Friday in CCAA Division 1 boys high school basketball.

“The first quarter killed us,” Gowanda coach Andy Bobseine lamented. “They took a timeout and started nailing their shots. They went on a 12-2 run and we just couldn’t recover from it.”

Mitch Carter led the Golden Falcons with 25 points while Nick Conti contributed with 24 points for the winners. Nate Nowicki netted 12 points in the win.

For the Panthers, Chase Williams scored 23 points and Zach Stevens added 20 in a losing effort.

Gowanda returns to action Tuesday when it travels to Olean.

ECIC Division 3

Pioneer 50,

Lake Shore 45

ANGOLA – Pioneer’s size proved to be too much for Lake Shore (4-5, 2-4) Friday night, as the Panthers (3-5, 1-5) outlasted the Eagles, 50-45, during ECIC Division 3 boys basketball action.

“They all were bigger,” Lake Shore head coach Dan Gerken said. “We didn’t do a good job combating that and we didn’t shoot well, especially in the second quarter when we had them on the ropes.”

The Eagles jumped out to a 16-10 lead after the first quarter, but were unable to increase their lead at halftime, as they were up just four, 22-18.

“We kind of got in a funk and didn’t execute,” Gerken added.

A 22-point third quarter gave the Panthers a 40-39 edge heading into the fourth, where they outscored the Eagles, 10-6.

Clark Brueckl led Lake Shore with 18 points while Connor Hart chipped in 12 points. Point guard Wade Bergum led the team with 12 assists.

“We had some different guys in and we made some execution errors where guys weren’t real familiar being out there in a pressure situation,” Gerken said. “They didn’t let the offense execute itself. I don’t think they panicked, I think they just got caught up being the guy trying to do too much.”

Terik Lewis led the Panthers with 13 points while Connor Johnson had 11 points and Dylan Souder 10.