Above the rim

FREDONIA – The Fredonia Hillbillies (10-2, 13-4) used a mix of sturdy defense and high-powered offense in a 71-48 victory over the Allegany-Limestone Gators (3-8, 5-10) in CCAA Division 1 boys high school basketball action Monday.

Fredonia outscored Allegany-Limestone 32-16 in the first half, propelled by a 20-point first quarter.

“Certainly, our defense was key, holding (Allegany-Limestone) to 16 points in the first half,” Fredonia coach Greg Lauer said. “Offensively, we ran the floor really well. We had some good looks early.”

The Hillbillies came out of the locker room with 24 points in the third quarter en route to a 39-point second half, with Jon Piper and Dylan Meyer recording seven points each in the eight-minute frame.

“We weren’t happy with the way we scored in the first half and we really attacked on defense,” Lauer said.

Meyer finished with a team-leading 18 points – including a trio of 3-pointers – for Fredonia while Piper added 15 points. Nick Johnston recorded 11 points and six assists for the Hillbillies and Cam Voss tallied four points, six rebounds and six blocks.

Ryan Vossler scored 19 points to lead the Gators while Dom Saglimben added 18 points – six of them from a pair of long-range shots – in a losing effort.

Next up for Fredonia is Wednesday’s regular season finale against the Buffalo Academy of Science.