Tennies lifts Wolves past T’birds, 57-44

WESTFIELD – Liam Tennies had a breakout performance for the Westfield Wolverines in a 57-44 victory over the Chautauqua Lake Thunderbirds (4-9, 2-5) on Friday in a CCAA West II boys basketball matchup.

Tennies, a junior, scored a game-high 23 points for Westfield in a hard-fought league victory.

Westfield held a 36-22 lead at halftime before Chautauqua Lake outscored the Wolverines 13-7 in the third. Holding a slim eight-point lead going into the final quarter, the Wolverines used a 14-9 fourth quarter to pull away for the victory.

“In the first half, we looked pretty good,” Westfield coach Bob North said. “We used a mix between zone and man (defense). In the third quarter, we had trouble getting into our offense, but we cleaned it up in the fourth.”

Tanner Dahl had a solid all-around performance in the win with 14 points, six rebounds, six steals and five assists while Jessie Rodriguez added 10 points.

Ian Clute led Chautauqua Lake with 14 points and eight rebounds in the loss.

“I was really pleased with our defense,” North said. “Tennies had a breakout performance. I had been waiting for it and he finally gave it to us. Dahl had a nice overall game and is starting to get others involved.”

Westfield will be hosting Clymer on Tuesday in a CCAA West II matchup.

Cassadaga Valley 41, Brocton 38

SINCLAIRVILLE – The Cassadaga Valley Cougars (9-4, 5-2) held off Brocton (0-7, 1-10), 41-38, Friday in CCAA West II boys high school basketball action.

Despite the Bulldogs receiving buckets from just three players, they found themselves with a chance to win.

“Brocton kept battling back,” Cassadaga Valley coach Rich Clifford said. “They gave us everything. (Brocton coach) Jeff (Franze’s) teams always play hard. They play great defense. They played extremely well.”

The Cougars received a solid effort from Cody Johnson, who scored a game-high 23 points, including 11 of 12 from the free throw line. Mike Lancaster was 5 for 7 from the charity stripe for the winners. Lancaster also had eight rebounds, three blocks and three assists.

The Cougars jumped out to a 16-8 lead after the first quarter and held a 27-18 halftime advantage. The Bulldogs battled back to outscore the home team, 20-14 in the second half.

Macalum Buchanan led Brocton with 22 points. Aaron Riforgiato and brother Anthony Riforgiato each had eight points in the losing effort.


Salamanca 69, Gowanda 39

GOWANDA – The Salamanca Warriors proved to be too much for the Gowanda Panthers (8-5) on Friday with a 69-39 victory in CCAA East I boys high school basketball.

The Warriors took an 18-8 lead after the first and a 39-21 halftime lead. They went on to outscore Gowanda, 30-18 in the second half for the win.

Gowanda’s top scorer was Zach Stevens with 10 points.


Forestville 64, West Valley 31

WEST VALLEY – Forestville post players Wayne Hartloff and Caleb Makuch each recorded double-doubles in lifting the Hornets (5-7, 4-0) to a convincing 64-31 victory over the West Valley Panthers on Thursday in CCAA East II boys high school basketball.

Hartloff finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks while Makuch had 17 points and 10 boards.

The Hornets jumped out to a 20-6 lead after the first quarter and increased the cushion, 34-13 by halftime. Forestville went on to outscore the Panthers, 30-18, in the second half for the victory.

Dylan Szumigala contributed with two points and nine rebounds while Jake Nosbisch had eight points, four assists and five steals. Ryan Forbes had 12 points for the winners.


Maple Grove 59, Silver Creek 47

Riley Beaton was the unsung hero for Maple Grove in an upset of Silver Creek.

Beaton played a great defense as he fronted 6-foot-7-inch Billy Brooks, limiting him to 10 points. Meanwhile on offense, he made four important three-pointers as Maple Grove (2-4, 7-6) turned back the Black Knights, 59-47.

Beaton made his 3-pointers at the end of first period to give the Red Dragons a 18-11 lead, made another in the second quarter and made two threes in the second half when Silver Creek cut the deficit to three, twice. He wound up with 16 points.

Corey Wefing had 23 points, six rebounds, five assists and five steals as the Red Dragons avenged a December setback to Silver Creek.

Graham Soffel contributed 10 rebounds to go along with 17 points for the winners. Soffel had nine points in the opening 16 minutes and eight points after intermission.

The leading scorer for Silver Creek was Travon Thompson with 19 points followed by Brooks with only 10 points.


Health Science Charter 79, Dunkirk 40

DUNKIRK – Dunkirk (1-12, 0-5) had its hands full Friday night as Health Science Charter School (10-2) came to town and handed the Marauders a 79-40 defeat in a non-league boys basketball matchup.

Dunkirk trailed 21-10 after one quarter and was down 40-24 at the half before Health Science really opened it up in the second half.

Health Science used a half-court press defense to force 45 Dunkirk turnovers, many of which turned into instant offense in the other direction.

“These guys were quick,” Dunkirk coach Steve O’Brien said. “We practiced against the press, but turnovers cost us.”

Isiah Thomas led the Marauders with 11 points and nine rebounds. Esmond Colvin added nine points and nine rebounds in the loss.

Aaron Day scored 20 for Health Science while Allen Wright added 19 in the win.

Dunkirk will play at Silver Creek next Tuesday in a CCAA West I matchup.