Johnson,?Dalaba lift Cougars past Panthers

OBSERVER?Staff Reports

SINCLAIRVILLE – Cody Johnson and Randy Dalaba were forces to be reckoned with Monday as the Cassadaga Valley Cougars (1-2) took down the Pine Valley Panthers (1-1), 58-36, in a non-league contest.

The Cougars outrebounded the Panthers, 42-20, and Dalaba and Johnson were two key reasons for that lopsided statistic as they each pulled down 11 rebounds. The duo also combined for 41 points as Johnson poured in 24 points and Dalaba had 17.

After holding a slim 14-10 lead after eight minutes, the Cougars went on a 16-2 run to open up a 30-12 halftime advantage.

In the second half, the home team outscored the Panthers, 28-24, for the victory.

Mike Lancaster contributed to the victory with 10 rebounds, four assists and two blocks. Kyle Ruge had nine points and six assists for the winners.

Win Nelson led the Panthers with 11 points while Jake Wilcox had eight rebounds for the winners.

The Cougars open up league play Friday at Brocton.

Silver Creek 82, Southwestern 35

LAKEWOOD – Andrew John and Billy Brooks were dominant in getting the Silver Creek Black Knights into the win column with an 82-35 victory over Southwestern on Monday in non-league boys high school basketball action.

After falling to Olean, 69-41 over the weekend, the Black Knights bounced back with an impressive showing.

The loss to Olean was Silver Creek’s first regular season loss in 29 games.

“We didn’t play our best game,” Silver Creek coach Rob Genco said of the Olean defeat. “I liked the way they reacted and executed the offense (Monday). We knew playing someone of (Olean’s) caliber this early in the season would expose our weakness. It showed our guys we have a lot of work to do.”

That work began Monday as John poured in 22 points and Brooks led all scorers with 28.

“Andrew is averaging 20 points a game this season,” Genco noted. “We knew he was going to be special. He makes everybody better on the court. He had 10 assist tonight. He can score and has great vision. He knows how to set guys up.”

The Black Knights took a 21-8 lead after the first quarter and held a comfortable 43-12 halftime advantage. The visitors went on to outscore the Trojans, 39-24, in the second half.

Silver Creek plays four games in the next six days, beginning Thursday against Maple Grove.

CCAA?Division 1 West

Fredonia 85, Frewsburg-Falconer 59

FREWSBURG – Dylan Meyer began the season with an impressive start for Fredonia on Monday night.

Meyer scored 30 points as Fredonia prevailed over Frewsburg-Falconer (3-2), 85-59, in the opening of Division 1 West basketball.

”He went to the basket strong,” said Frewsburg-Falconer coach Tom Nelson said.

Meyer poured in 18 points and John Piper nine of his 19 points as the Hillbillies built a 38-28 lead at halftime.

”I felt we were still in it at halftime, but when they scored two buckets in the third period I called time,” said Nelson.

The Hillbillies went on to a 26-13 run in the third quarter for commanding 64-41 lead.

Mike Wilcox and Mitch Carter tallied 18 points each and Josh Nelson added 10 for the hosts. Carter had 12 points in the first half and Nelson contributed eight rebounds and seven assists.

Pat Moore added 12 points for Fredonia.