Big second half lifts Wolves past Hornets
FORESTVILLE – As has been their calling card all season, the Westfield Wolverines (9-5, 7-1) had a huge third quarter Friday in CCAA Division 3 boys high school basketball.
The result was a 76-36 victory over the Forestville Hornets (3-11, 1-6).
“Every time I have seen them play, they score 20 points in the third quarter,” Forestville coach Ralph Jackson said. “They came to play in the second half and we didn’t.”
The Hornets hung tight with the Wolverines in the first half. After being outscored 19-11 in the first quarter, the home team trailed, 37-24 at intermission.
“Even though we were down at half, I was pleased,” Jackson said. “A lot of our mistakes were self-inflicted.”
Jon Coe led Westfield with 25 points – 15 in the first quarter and 10 of his team’s 22 in the third stanza.
The Wolverines shot 52 percent in the game and received 16 points from Jacob Gray and 10 from Tanner Dahl. Dan Tofil added eight points, 10 rebounds, five assists and as many steals.
Jake Nosbisch led the Hornets with 12 points, three steals and three assists. Wayne Hartloff had five blocks in a losing effort.
Forestville returns to action Tuesday at Chautauqua Lake while Westfield hosts Franklinville on the same night.
NORTH COLLINS – Behind the senior leadership of Jordan Patterson and Dan Ferguson, the Brocton Bulldogs (12-1, 8-1) escaped North Collins with a 49-39 victory Friday in CCAA Division 4 boys high school basketball.
Holding a slim 18-15 halftime lead, the Bulldogs outscored the Hornets (7-8, 4-5), 31-24, in the second half for the victory.
“Brocton has a nice team,” North Collins coach Rob Catalino said. “We did everything we could. (Brocton coach) Jeff (Franze) told me they were glad to get out of here with a win.”
Patterson scored 22 points and Ferguson added 16. Both players were clutch down the stretch as they combined to shoot 8-for-10 from the charity stripe.
Jared Keppel led the Eagles with 15 points and Todd Youngman added 13 in a losing effort.
“We came close, but couldn’t get the win,” Catalino noted of his team. “We did everything we could. Brocton works hard. They have experience and find a way to win.”