Keppel hits 1,000-point plateau as Eagles win
NORTH COLLINS – North Collins’ Jared Keppel hit a career milestone, but it was Clymer (4-2, 8-4) that came out of Thursday’s CCAA Division 4 boys basketball game with a 58-43 win.
Keppel scored his 1,000th career point early in the first quarter in front of a packed house.
“It’s a nice accomplishment and he’s worked hard for it,” North Collins coach Rob Catalino said. “He’s done it in less than three years. He played as a sophomore and averaged 11 points per game. This year he’s averaging a little less than 27 points per game. He was our leading scorer in soccer. He’s has a cannon for an arm in baseball. He’s a real nice athlete.”
Clymer’s Dan Lictus proved he’s quite the athlete in his own right with a game-high 21 points. Jake Wiggers added seven points and 12 rebounds.
Keppel led the Eagles with 15 points, but North Collins (3-4, 6-7) had other contributors. Jake Youngman added 10 points while Jordan Keough and Jaden Keough combined for another 15.
“Hopefully that’s something to build on as we get ready for the second half of the season,” Catalino added.
Maple Grove 73, Westfield 62
WESTFIELD – Maple Grove and Westfield entered Thursday night’s boys basketball game with a combined zero CCAA Division 3 losses. Something had to give.
That “something” didn’t give until the second half, when Maple Grove (6-0, 10-1) went on a massive scoring spree en route to a 73-62 victory.
The Wolverines (5-1, 7-5) held their own in the first half, entering the break trailing 25-24.
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“That was a perfect pace for us,” Westfield coach Bob North said. “If we could keep it in the 50’s or low 60’s then we had a chance. (Maple Grove) came out in the second half in a hurry. They got us running with them. They got about a six-point lead that they maintained.”
The Red Dragons scored 22 points in the third quarter before putting up a whopping 26 in the final eight minutes.
“The pace picked up in the second half,” North added. “We tried to slow them down a bit, but they went on a couple runs.”
Aaron Germaine led Maple Grove with 25 points while Will Sofil added 18 of his own. The two combined to go a perfect 15 of 15 from the foul line.
“They shot the ball from the free throw line much better than we did,” North admitted. “We were only 50 percent from the line. In a game that’s close all the way through, you have to make your free throws.”
Jordan Ihm was the leader for Westfield with 16 points and eight rebounds. Three other Wolverines were in double-digit scoring. Jon Coe netted 12, Jesse Rodriguez had 10 and Dan Tofil added another 10 to go with his team-high 12 rebounds.
“I thought Jordan Ihm and Danny Tofil played really well for us,” North concluded. “I was very pleased with those two guys along with Jesse Rodriguez off the bench.”
Pine?Valley 48, Forestville 42
FORESTVILLE – The Pine Valley Panthers (2-4, 3-7) benefited from going to the free throw line 24 times in holding off the Forestville Hornets (1-5, 3-8), 48-42, Thursday in CAA Division 3 boys high school basketball.
While Pine Valley was 11-of-24, Forestville was just 2-for-9.
The Panthers jumped out to a 14-9 lead after eight minutes and held a 25-15 halftime edge. The Hornets closed the gap to 32-24 heading into the final frame, but could not overcome the early deficit.
Lucas Trombley led the way for Pine Valley with 20 points, seven rebounds and six steals while Bryce Jay had four points and eight rebounds. Spencer Sticek contributed in the win with eight points and four steals.
Adam Pleva paced Forestville with nine points while Jacob Nosbisch had eight points, seven rebounds, four assists and as many steals in a losing effort.
“The kids played hard,” Forestville coach Ralph Jackson said. “We made some untimely mistakes, but we kept playing.”
Chautauqua Lake 52, Panama 46
MAYVILLE – Ian Clute had a double-double with 20 points and 15 rebounds as Chautauqua Lake (4-2, 5-6) beat Panama (2-4, 3-7), 52-46, in Division 3 boys basketball on thursday night.
The game was tied at 23-23 entering the third stanza when CL erupted for a 15-4 quarter to take charge at 38-27.
Cody Thomas helped the winning cause with 15 points and Jordan Briggs grabbed seven rebounds. Thomas also added five steals and A. J. Hulton three assists.
Panama had Alec Blose with 18 points, Dan Odell with 12 and Ricky Eddy with 10.
Maryvale 65, Lake Shore 63
ANGOLA – Ryan Joslyn’s double-double wasn’t enough to ensure a victory as Lake Shore fell to Maryvale, 65-63, Thursday in an ECIC Division 3 battle.
Joslyn poured in 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, but the Eagles (3-5, 5-6) were doomed by a slow start. Maryvale led 19-10 after the first quarter.
To its credit, Lake Shore refused to give up and actually led late in the fourth quarter, but Maryvale (6-2, 7-4) executed down the stretch to grab the league win.
“We played a good fourth quarter and battled back,” Lake Shore coach Dan Gerken said. “We just had a couple breakdowns and put ourselves in a hole.”
The Eagles used the trey in the second half to close the gap. Lake Shore made nine three-pointers to Maryvale’s two.
“We shot it well, especially in the second half,” Gerken noted. “We had a couple looks down the stretch.”
Demetri McCallie and Tyler Graham combined for 34 points for Maryvale while Ed Smith grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.