Cougars hand Wolves league loss

OBSERVER?Staff Report

WESTFIELD – With Cassadaga Valley’s leading scorer Cody Johnson not in the lineup, the Westfield Wolverines (6-3, 3-1) had a chance to remain perfect in the division.

Instead, the Cougars (7-3, 3-1) received balanced scoring and Westfield struggled on both ends of the floor as Cassadaga Valley escaped with a 49-43 victory Monday in CCAA West II boys high school basketball.

“We did not play well,” Westfield coach Bob North said. “We gave them layups all night long. We were in the wrong defense and gave them wide-open 3s. We did not run the offense. It was not a pretty game. Cassadaga Valley worked and played good defense.”

The Cougars received balanced scoring as Chase Jones scored 13 points, Kyle Ruge had 16 points and Mike Lancaster had 14 of his own. Lancaster also had 17 rebounds, three blocks and three steals. Shane Parsons had four assists and Ruge added three steals.

Westfield took a 17-16 lead after the first quarter and held a 30-27 lead at intermission. However, in the second half, it was all Cassadaga Valley as it outscored the home team, 22-13, for the victory.

The Wolverines’ Tanner Dahl scored a game-high 22 points, with 18 coming in the first half.

Ty Bentham and Liam Tennies combined for 14 rebounds in the losing effort.

Westfield returns to action Thursday at Sherman.

East II

Forestville 58,

Franklinville 44

FORESTVILLE – The Forestville Hornets (2-6, 2-0)used a big first half and a solid game from Ryan Forbes to take down Franklinville, 58-44, Monday in CCAA East II boys high school basketball.

Forbes scored a season-high 15 points while Caleb Makuch added 10 for the Hornets.

“This is his best game of the year,” Forestville coach Ralph Jackson said. “We got into the fast break and he got some easy transition buckets.”

The home team built a 28-15 halftime edge and held off the Panthers, 30-29, in the second half.

Wayne Hartloff contributed in the win with seven rebounds, five blocks and eight points. Makuch added seven rebounds and three blocks while Dylan Szumigala had six rebounds and five assists for the winners.

North?Collins 42,

West Valley 39

WEST VALLEY – The North Collins Eagles (1-7, 1-1) picked up their first win of the season with a hard-fought 42-39 victory over the West Valley Panthers (2-6, 0-3) in a CCAA East II boys basketball contest Monday.

North Collins held a slim 15-11 edge at halftime before both teams turned up the scoring in the second half. West Valley scored 17 points in the final quarter to close the deficit, but in the end it was the Eagles getting a much-needed league victory.

Jacob Fyock scored a career-high 14 points in the win while Dylan Mercado added 12 points.

Emil Erlandson led the Panthers with 14 points and teammate Derrick Wells recorded 12 points in the loss.

North Collins’ next game is at Forestville Thursday in another CCAA East I division matchup.

West II

Panama 64, Brocton 49

PANAMA – Panama jumped out to an early lead and also had plenty of balanced scoring to help secure a 64-49 win over Brocton.

The Panthers (2-2, 5-3) poured in 22 points in the first quarter and led 34-22 by halftime.

Scoring leaders for the Panthers included Dan Odell, who had 11 points and also made six assists, Ricky Eddy and Dylan Mescall both had eight points, Josh Odell had seven points and Greg Delahoy added seven points, along with nine deflections and six assists.

For Brocton (0-5, 0-8), Aaron Riforgiato led the way with 20 points and seven boards, Anthony Riforgiato added 14 points with seven rebounds and Matt Siragusa contributed 10 points.

East I

Gowanda 77,

Cattaraugus LV 50

GOWANDA – The Gowanda Panthers (8-3, 1-2) had four players score in double digits to propel themselves past Cattaraugus-Little Valley, 77-50, Monday in CCAA East I boys high school basketball.

After a lackluster first half, which saw the home team hold a slim 30-28 edge, the Panthers scored 47 points in the second half for the victory.

Brennan Geiger led the way with 18 points while Chase Williams and Zach Stevens each scored 16. Carter Benton added 12 points for the winners. Geiger put on a shooting clinic as he was 9-of-11 from the field.

“We mixed it up on defense in the second half,” Gowanda coach Andy Bobseine said. “We started off man-to-man on defense and went to zone in the second half to pressure the perimeter.”

The Panthers were forced to pressure the perimeter as the Timberwolves drained six 3-pointers in the first half.

“Offensively, we rotated well against their zone,” Bobseine said. “Chase Williams and Geiger – once they were hitting, we dumped it down low to give the guys some easy buckets.”

The Panthers take on Randolph on Thursday.