Black?Knights continue winning ways

SILVER CREEK – Despite being without starters Kaine Kettle and Brennan White, the Silver Creek Black Knights (1-0) showed they had more than enough talent to continue their winning ways, as they dropped the Salamanca Warriors (0-1), 81-59, in non-league action Tuesday night.

“We’re still going to do it the same way we do it,” Silver Creek head coach Rob Genco said. “We’re going to put our best five guys on the court and run with them.”

One of those five was junior big man Billy Brooks who finished the night two blocks shy of a triple-double, as his stat line read 30 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocks.

Salamanca held an 18-16 edge after the first quarter, then Silver Creek took over, outscoring the Warriors, 65-41, the rest of the way. And a large part of that was the contributions from Andrew John (nine points), Connor Gates (15 points, six assists, four steals) and Ayden Jimmerson (six points).

“I knew we had a little more depth compared to last year’s team,” Genco said. “It was a special team, but I honestly think this team can be as good. That’s how much I believe in their ability.”

Andy Crandall led the Warriors with 20 points while Jared Fish chipped in 17 and Tyler Siperek 10 points.

The Black Knights will be back in action this weekend when they travel to play in Olean’s tournament.

Pine Valley 50, Brocton 47

SOUTH DAYTON – Trailing, 50-40, the Brocton Bulldogs scored seven points in the final two minutes, but in the end, it was not enough as the Pine Valley Panthers escaped with a 50-47 victory Tuesday in non-league boys high school basketball.

The Bulldogs held a 26-21 halftime edge, but the Panthers tied the score 34-all heading into the final frame.

“I was real happy with our defensive intensity in the second half,” Pine Valley coach Mark Mansfield said. “I could do without that final two minutes, though.”

In that final two minutes, Brocton’s Macalum Buchanan and Aaron Riforgiato each hit 3-pointers to cut the deficit to three points.

“They work hard, we work hard,” Mansfield said. “It was a real nice game. We are very similar. Brocton never quit.”

The Panthers were led by Jake Wilcox’s 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Dylan Granger contributed in the win with 16 points, three steals and four assists. Nine of his points came in the decisive fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs were led by Riforgiato’s 12 points and seven rebounds. Buchanan also had 12 points while Graves had 10 rebounds in a losing effort.

The Panthers travel to Cassadaga Valley next Tuesday.

Panama 69, Forestville 33

FORESTVILLE An “absurd amount” of Forestville turnovers helped the Panama Panthers (1-0) cruise to a 69-33 victory over the Hornets (0-3).

“They came to play and we didn’t. They were hitting their shots and we were giving them the ball,” is how Forestville coach Ralph Jackson bluntly summarized the game. “We play them in a week. It should be interesting to see if we can turn it around.”

The visitors built a 20-4 lead after eight minutes and a 36-6 halftime lead.

Forestville’s leading scorer was Dylan Szumigala, who had eight points and four steals. Caleb Makuch pulled down 12 rebounds and Wayne Hartloff had eight boards and three blocks.

“We have more than enough talent on this team to compete,” Jackson said. “We didn’t show it.”

The Hornets look for their first win Friday when they travel to Clymer.