Hornets win another OT thriller

FORESTVILLE – For the second time in as many games, the Forestville Hornets (2-9, 5-12) needed overtime to pull out a victory.

Tuesday’s victory came at the hands of Franklinville, 87-84, in CCAA Division 3 boys high school basketball action.

This time, the hero was Adam Pleva as he drained a 3-pointer from the corner in the final seconds of regulation to send the game into overtime.

Making the win special was the fact it happened on Senior Recognition Night. Before the game, the Hornets honored seniors Pleva, Robert Hooper, Jon Burgos and Nate Maines.

“I am definitely proud of all the seniors,” Forestville coach Ralph Jackson said. “It’s good to send them out on a win – especially the way the win was. It will be something they will remember forever.”

Jackson also made special mention of Maines, who has missed the season due to injury.

“He has only missed a handful of practices,” Jackson said. “He has helped me run practice or do the scorebook. He has been there for his team all season.”

The Panthers jumped out to a 12-2 lead early in the first quarter before the Hornets stormed back to tie the score, 14-all after the opening eight minutes. In the second quarter, both teams scored 19 points as they went into halftime tied, 33-33.

The visiting team outscored Forestville, 21-18, in the third frame, but the Hornets scored three more points than Franklinville in the final frame, highlighted by Pleva’s buzzer beater.

Wayne Hartloff went 4-for-4 from the foul line in overtime to help secure the win. Every Forestville player scored in the contest, led by Hartloff’s 20 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks. Pleva and Connor Stone each added 12 points and Caleb Makuch had 11 for the winners. Makuch also had 13 rebounds while Pleva and Jacob Nosbisch each dished out four assists.

Forestville returns to action Thursday when it travels to Pine Valley.

Westfield 62, Panama 42

WESTFIELD – The Westfield Wolverines (10-1, 12-5) had three players score in double digits to defeat Panama, 62-42, Tuesday in CCAA Division 3 boys high school basketball.

Jon Coe led the way with 13 points while Tanner Dahl had 12 and Jordan Imm finished with 11 for the winners.

Westfield used a 14-8 first-quarter lead to take a 26-19 halftime edge. In the second half, Westfield outscored the visitors, 24-14 to take a 50-33 cushion and never look back.

The Wolverines pulled down 40 rebounds as Imm and Dan Tofil combined for 17.

“We started a little slow,” Westfield coach Bob North said. “It was Senior Night. In the third quarter, we came out and talked about matching up better defensively. We got a lot of points in transition.”

Westfield travels to Maple Grove on Thursday.

Chautauqua Lake 56, Pine Valley 38

MAYVILLE – The final score doesn’t show it, but the Chautauqua Lake Thunderbirds (9-8, 7-4) overcame Pine Valley Panthers’ (5-12, 3-8) comeback to win.

Chautauqua Lake held a 21-13 halftime lead and moved ahead by 20 in the second half before Pine Valley battled back and cut its deficit to six. Then the hosts got back on track and recorded a 56-38 Division 3 boys basketball win on Tuesday night.

Cody Thomas led the winners with 15 points while Ian Clute had 12 points, 16 rebounds and four blocked shots; and A.J. Hulton had 10 points and five assists.

Winfred Nelson led Pine valley with 12 points and Jake Wilcox had 13 rebounds.