Clutch shooting lifts Panthers to Emerling title

SPRINGVILLE – The Gowanda Panthers used a 22-10 fourth-quarter run to knock off Springville, 50-40, Monday to capture the Emerling Basketball Tournament.

With the win, Gowanda improves to 6-2 on the season. The Panthers had just four wins all of last season.

After trailing most of the game, the panthers tied the score with four minutes left, before going on a 12-2 run to finish the game and clinch the victory.

The Panthers had three players score in double digits as Zach Stevens led the way with 15 points, followed by Chase Williams with 13 and Brennan Geiger with 12.

Geiger had seven of his 12 points in the final four minutes while Williams had six points in the fourth quarter. Stevens scored six straight points in the 12-2 run and Williams put the game away with a clutch 3-pointer.

“It seems like we are learning on the fly,” Gowanda coach Andy Bobseine said. “We are winning these games. We have never been in these situations, but we don’t tense up. It just helps us. We don’t play tentative. If we lose, we go down swinging. Springville started using the shot clock and we attacked. We started pushing the ball and that was the difference.”

Stevens also hauled down 16 rebounds.

The Panthers return to action Saturday in the championship game of the Pine Valley Tip-Off Tournament at 3 p.m. against Chautauqua Lake.