BROCTON - Brocton stepped up its game in the second half and started its CCAA Division 4 schedule with a 49-26 win over Ellicottville on Monday.
OBSERVER?Photo by Roger Coda
Brocton’s Anthony Riforgiato (33) attempts a hook shot over an Ellicottville defender during Monday’s?CCAA?Division 3 boys high school basketball game.
The Bulldogs (1-0, 4-0) and Eagles (0-1, 2-3) played to an 18-18 tie in the first half before Brocton opened it up with a 19-2 third quarter advantage.
"It was a sluggish first half," Brocton coach Jeff Franze admitted. "I have to give the Ellicottville kids credit. They played physical.
"We got a lot more turnovers in the second half," Franze continued. "We started making shots that we were missing in the first half."
Jordan Patterson led the Bulldogs with 18 points, 10 rebounds and three assists while Dan Ferguson added nine points and six rebounds.
Brocton will look to stay hot in a road contest with Sherman on Thursday.
North Collins 65, West Valley 50
NORTH COLLINS - Jared Keppel and Jared Bauerlein had stellar performances in leading the North Collins Eagles (5-1, 2-0) to a 65-50 victory over West Valley (0-4).
Keppel poured in 29 points and hauled down 10 rebounds while Bauerlein had 21 points and six assists. He was also 8 of 10 from the charity stripe.
Seven different players scored for the Eagles. The home team used an 18-7 second-quarter run to take a 37-21 halftime advantage. In the second half, West Valley outscored the home team by a point, but the damage had been done.
Pine Valley 52,
SOUTH DAYTON - Pine Valley (1-0, 2-3) overcame a double-digit first-quarter deficit to down Franklinville, 52-46, Monday in both team's opening CCAA Division 3 contest.
Pine Valley, three days after scoring 21 first-quarter points against Cattaraugus-Little Valley, managed just four points in the first eight minutes against Franklinville.
"We just came out real flat," Pine Valley coach Mark Mansfield said. "We couldn't make a shot. They were good looks, they just weren't going in the basket."
Mansfield's crew started its comeback in the second quarter and trailed 22-15 at the half, but it was Spencer Sticek's heroics that really forced the issue.
Sticek nailed four three-pointers in the fourth quarter - and five in the game - as Pine Valley exploded for 22 points in the final eight minutes.
"Sticek was the difference," Mansfield added. "He helped lift us up and put the game away."
Of course, Sticek had plenty of help as Lucas Trombley netted 10 points and Jacob Wilcox added eight. Each of them grabbed 11 rebounds.
Collin Seamans led Franklinville with 23 points, including four treys.