Gowanda tops Riverside; Cougars move on to title game

SPRINGVILLE – The Gowanda Panthers came away with an impressive 50-44 victory over Riverside on Friday in the opening round of the Emerling Holiday boys high school basketball tournament.

Chase Williams led the way for the victors with 14 points while Zach Stevens had an all-around solid performance with 13 points and 14 rebounds.

“Williams did a nice job against their press,” Gowanda coach Andy Bobseine sad. “He made some nice shots. Brennan Geiger has been consistent all year and he got us 11 points and a half dozen rebounds. Zach Stevens is our go-to guy down low and Jonh Kennedy has picked it up down low as well.”

With the score tied, 41-all heading into the final quarter, Gowanda outscored Riverside, 9-3, for the victory.

The key to the victory was the fact the Panthers held Riverside to just four fast-break points the entire game, according to Bobseine.

“They are fast and uptempo,” he said. “We threw a few different defenses at them. We were just trying to throw them off as much as we could.”

Gowanda will play Springville in the championship game Monday. Springville handled West Valley, 60-20 in the second game of the tournament.

Cassadaga Valley Holiday Tournament

Cassadaga Valley 59, Global?Concepts 42

SINCLAIRVILLE – After holding a slim 44-37 lead entering the fourth quarter, the Cassadaga Valley Cougars (4-2, 1-0) outscored Global Concepts (2-5) 15-5 in the final period to claim a 59-42 victory in the opening round of the Cassadaga Valley Holiday Tournament on Friday.

The win was the Cougars’ fourth in a row after dropping their first two games of the season.

“I’m really happy (with the win),” Cassadaga Valley coach Rich Clifford said. “We always have balanced scoring and we played good team basketball. We had a nice fourth quarter, limiting them to just five points. Coming in, we wanted to limit (Fred) Serales and shut down everyone else. Normally we play man-to-man, but they are really quick so we used a 2-3 zone. We are starting to get some confidence and feel like we can compete with anybody.”

Randy Dalaba led the Cougars with a double-double in the win. He scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Mike Lancaster scored a team-high 17 points and Kyle Ruge put together a solid game with eight points, six assists and three steals.

Global Concepts’ dynamic point guard Fred Serales scored a game-high 21 points in the loss and Nick Moylan contributed eight points and 10 rebounds.

Cassadaga Valley will face Oracle Charter School in the championship game Monday at 7:30 p.m. Oracle defeated Cattaraugus-Little Valley, 55-41, in the opening-round matchup.