Red Dragons defense proves to be too much as Thunderbirds fall

MAYVILLE – The Maple Grove Red Dragons (10-1) used a stingy defense to take down the Chautauqua Lake Thunderbirds (4-3, 5-7), 78-46, Friday in CCAA Division 3 boys high school basketball.

“It was their ball pressure,” Chautauqua Lake coach Chris Dole said of what his team’s problems were. “Their diamond press killed us.”

The Red Dragons jumped out to a 13-4 lead early in the game. However, the Thunderbirds went on a 9-0 run to tie the score. Unfortunately for Chautauqua Lake, it was the closest it would get the rest of the way as the visitors responded with a 10-0 run and never looked back.

“They went on a run and we couldn’t handle their pressure,” Dole said. “That was the game right there. We couldn’t get the ball over half court. The things we tried just weren’t working.”

The Red Dragons outscored the home team 30-12 in the second frame to take a 53-25 halftime advantage.

“Our kids aren’t used to playing that up tempo,” Dole added. “They did what they needed to do. They came in with a four-game win streak and they shut us down.”

The Thunderbirds were haunted by 26 turnovers.

The Red Dragons were led by Aaron Germaine’s 16 points and Austin Goerke’s 15. Jimmy Kistner added 11 points for the victors.

Chautauqua Lake was led by Ian Clute’s 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Panama 66, Forestville 59

FORESTVILLE – Once again, the Forestville Hornets (1-6, 3-9) were doomed by a slow start as they fell, 66-59, to Panama (3-4, 4-8) on Friday in CCAA Division 3 boys high school basketball.

The Hornets took an 11-9 first-quarter lead, but the Panthers outscored the home team, 21-10 in the second quarter, for a 30-21 halftime edge.

Before the second half began, Forestville coach Ralph Jackson told Adam Pleva to step up his game. Pleva did just that as he hit four treys in the third quarter to spark a 23-point outburst.

“He answered,” Jackson raved.

Unfortunately, Panama scored 19 points in the third quarter as the Hornets were unable to make a dent in the lead.

In the fourth quarter, the home team cut the score to within two points, but Panama held on for the victory.

The Panthers were led by Dan O’Dell’s 25 points. Mike Rensel and Alec Blose combined for 29 points in the win.

Along with Pleva’s 14 points, Jake Nosbisch had 11 points, three assists and as many steals. Wayne Hartloff added 10 rebounds, four steals and three blocks while Caleb Makuch had 11 rebounds in defeat.