Wolves use team effort to down T’birds
ESTFIELD – The Westfield Wolverines (6-1, 8-5) used a balanced scoring attack and strong defense to take down the Chautauqua Lake Thunderbirds (4-4, 5-8), 62-33, Tuesday in CCAA Division 3 boys high school basketball.
The Wolverines jumped out to a 15-5 first-quarter lead and gained a 35-12 cushion by halftime.
“I thought we played real solid defense,” Westfield coach Bob North said. “In the first two minutes of the game, they got their five points and we shut them right down. In the second quarter we were solid there. We got some offense through our defense and Ran the floor well to get the lead.”
Four different players scored in double digits for the winners as Dan Tofil led the way with 12 points, 10 rebounds and five steals.
“Dan had another solid game,” North raved. “He’s just a team leader. Jon Coe and Tanner Dahl get the numbers, but Dan is our leading rebounder. He has been scoring double figures the last few games.”
Meanwhile, Jacob Gray came off the bench and scored 10 points, grabbed six rebounds and added four blocks.
Dahl contributed in the win with 11 points and Coe added 10 for the Wolverines.
“We have been preaching that this year,” North noted of a balanced scoring attack. “This year we are a lot harder to defend because they have to defend four or five guys.”
Ian Clute was the lone bright spot for Chautauqua Lake with nine points.
The Wolverines return to action Friday when they travel to Forestville.
Randolph 52, Cassadaga Valley 47
SINCLAIRVILLE – Cassadaga Valley played Randolph to the final seconds, but the Cardinals (6-3, 9-5) came away with a 52-47 win over the Cougars (2-6, 7-7) Tuesday in CCAA Division 2 boys high school basketball action.
The game was tied 46-all heading into the last minute of the fourth quarter, but free throws from Randolph’s Cody Oldro and Bryce Morrison sealed the victory.
“My kids played their hearts out,” Clifford said. “They played the best game of the year by far. Our kids are winners. Randolph is one of the top teams in the league, and our kids believed they could compete.”
Morrison hit five 3-pointers in an 18-point effort to lead Randolph while Nate Beaver (13 points) and Oldro (six points) added eight rebounds each.
Randy Dalaba recorded a double-double in defeat, as he registered 18 points and 12 rebounds. Tim Bender tallied four assists and three steals in a losing effort.
Cheektowaga 63, Lake Shore 53
ANGOLA – A second-half comeback couldn’t prevent the Lake Shore Eagles (3-6, 5-7) from a 63-53 defeat at the hands of the Cheektowaga Warriors (4-5, 6-7) in ECIC Division 2 boys basketball action Tuesday.
After a 30-23 halftime deficit, Lake Shore charged back by outscoring Cheektowaga 18-13. However, Zach Ciezki scored nine of his game-high 24 points in the final frame to secure a Warrior win.
Ciezki led a Cheektowaga team that drained seven from long-range.
“We came out flat and we were down at half,” Lake Shore head coach Dan Gerken said. “We came out (in the second half) and played a little better.”
Clark Bruecki scored 17 points – including four 3-pointers – in a losing effort. Ryan Joslyn added 12 points for the Eagles, who also made seven three-pointers in defeat.