Stiff competition

SINCLAIRVILLE – The Falconer-Frewsburg Bears had three players score in double digits to take down the Cassadaga Valley Cougars, 73-64, Wednesday in non-league boys high school basketball.

The Bears were a solid 21-of-26 from the charity stripe and shot 48 percent from field. They were also 13-of-17 from the foul line in the fourth quarter.

The Cougars trailed by as many as 17, but fought their way back to within five in the fourth quarter. However, Cassadaga Valley had to start fouling to stop the clock. That’s when the Bears began knocking down their free throws to escape with the win.

“I’m proud of my kids in the second half,” Cassadaga Valley coach Rich Clifford said. “We are still trying to find our identity offensively. We made a big improvement from our first game. We are going to be competitive, and I promise that.”

Kyle Petersen led the Bears with 20 points while Josh Nelson had 17 and Mitchell Carter scored 18.

The Cougars received a strong effort from Cody Johnson who had 23 points and 13 boards. Mike Lancaster contributed with 16 points and Kyle Ruge had 10 in a losing effort.