Cougars hold off Pirates, 41-38

OBSERVER Staff Report

SINCLAIRVILLE – The Cassadaga Valley Cougars (6-2, 2-0) held on for a 41-38 victory over Clymer (4-4, 0-3) on Thursday in CCAA West II boys high school basketball.

The Cougars used a 14-7 lead in the first quarter to keep the Pirates at bay throughout. Trailing 34-24 heading into the final frame, the Pirates mounted a comeback and got within three points of the lead several times, but could not tie the game or take the lead.

In the final seconds, the Cougars missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and Clymer grabbed the rebound for one final offensive possession and a chance to tie the game. However, a 3-point attempt was off the mark and the Cougars held on for the victory.

Cody Johnson once again shined for the winners with 19 points, six blocks and two assists. Randy Dalaba added seven rebounds, six points, four blocks and two assists while Mike Lancaster had seven rebounds in the win.

Evan Woods led the Pirates with 10 points while Jared Dunnawald had seven rebounds.

“They have a real nice team,” Cassadaga Valley coach Rich Clifford said. “Any win we get, we are happy with.”

Cassadaga Valley travels to Sherman on Saturday.

Pine Valley 65,

West Valley 23

SOUTH DAYTON – The Pine Valley Panthers (2-5, 1-0) used second- and third-chance opportunities for a convincing 65-23 victory over West Valley (0-6, 0-1) on Thursday in CCAA West II boys high school basketball.

The Panthers hauled down 28 offensive rebounds led by Jake Wilcox and Bryce Jay, who each had 12 rebounds.

After taking a 16-11 lead after the first quarter, Pine valley went on an 18-2 run for a 36-13 halftime advantage.

From there, the home team never looked back as it outscored West Valley, 31-10, in the second half.

Dylan Granger led the offensive charge with 14 points while Jay had 11 and Talon Snyder scored 10 points for the winners. Snyder also had six rebounds and four steals while Andrew Miller had six boards of his own.


Westfield 54,

Brocton 30

BROCTON – The Westfield Wolverines (6-1, 3-0) used a 20-2 third-quarter run to leave the Brocton Bulldogs (0-6, 0-3) still searching for their first win of the season, following a 54-30 verdict, Thursday in CCAA West II boys high school basketball.

“We have had a pretty tough schedule,” Brocton coach Jeff Franze said. “Five of our six opponents were quality teams.”

The visitors held a slim 26-21 halftime advantage before the Wolverines went on a decisive 20-2 run to put the game away.

Tanner Dahl led Westfield with 15 points while Jacob Gray had 14.

Machalam Buchanan was the Bulldogs’ leading scorer with nine points.

Brocton returns to action Saturday at Clymer .


Portville 45,

Gowanda 37

GOWANDA – The short-handed Gowanda Panthers took their lumps Thursday in a 45-37 loss to Portville in East I boys high school basketball.

The Portville duo of Andrew Starver and Isaac Hilyer combined for 28 points. Hilyer also pulled down 16 rebounds.

Brennan Geiger and Zach Stevens led the Panthers with nine points.

Portville jumped out to a 16-10 first-quarter lead and held a 26-19 halftime advantage. In the second half, Portville outscored the home team, 19-18, to hold onto the win.


Forestville 49, Ellicottville 38

FORESTVILLE – Once the Forestville Hornets (1-6, 1-0) got past the early foul trouble, the Ellicottville Eagles (3-4, 0-1) were no match as the Hornets pulled out a 49-38 victory in East II boys high school basketball

Ellicottville held a 24-18 halftime edge. However, from there, it was all Forestville as Caleb Makuch scored 10 of his game-high 17 points in the third frame to put the home team up for good.

“I had eight guys tonight and three had two fouls and another had three fouls in the first half,” Forestville coach Ralph Jackson explained. “It was trying to play aggressive, but not too aggressive. With the lack of practice, I was worried about running out of steam, but we came out on fire in the second half.”

Makuch and Wayne Hartloff were forces in the paint as they each pulled down 10 rebounds and combined for 10 blocked shots.

Jake Nosbisch had an all-around solid game with five assists, four steals and seven points.

Franklinville 48,

North Collins 20

NORTH COLLINS – The Franklinville Panthers (5-2, 2-0) proved to be too much for the North Collins Eagles (0-6, 0-1) on Thursday with a 48-20 victory in CCAA East II boys high school basketball.

The visitors put the game out of reach early with a 16-4 run in the first quarter, followed by a 22-4 run in the second quarter for a 38-8 halftime cushion.

The Eagles were led by Zen Lloyd’s eight points and 10 rebounds.