SINCLAIRVILLE - Randy Dalaba had a career night in leading the Cassadaga Valley Cougars (4-0, 1-0) to a 64-50 victory over Cattaraugus-Little Valley (3-3, 0-2) on Monday in CCAA Division 2 boys high school basketball.
Dalaba scored 24 points, pulled down 21 rebounds - 10 offensive - one block, two assists, three steals and was 8 for 10 from the charity stripe.
"He was on the jayvee team last year and averaged 11-12 points a game," Cassadaga Valley coach Rich Clifford explained. "He works hard. There is nothing flashy. He just got himself in great position today. He just had a fantastic game. They didn't box out well and Randy crashed the boards. He has good instincts and he has a nose for the ball."
OBSERVER?Photo by Lisa Monacelli
Cassadaga Valley's Cody Johnson (40) puts up a shot against Cattaraugus-Little Valley’s Colt Agnew?(20) during Monday’s CCAA?Division 2 boys high school basketball game.
The Cougars jumped out to a 16-9 first-quarter lead and extended the edge to 36-17 by halftime. The Timberwolves outscored the home team, 33-28 in the second half but could not overcome the early deficit.
Along with Dalaba's spectacular performance, Mike Lancaster had 14 points, nine boards and three assists while senior point guard Tim Bender had nine points - including 7 of 10 from the foul line - dished out six assists and added three steals. Kyle Ruge also had six points and five steals for the victors.
Colt Agnew and Lucas Macakanja led the Timberwolves as they combined for 28 points.
Silver Creek 83,?Salamanca 50
SALAMANCA - Zeddie Williams thoroughly dominated Salamanca as Silver Creek coasted to another big win, Monday.
Williams netted 35 points and dished out five assists as the Black Knights pounded the Warriors, 83-50.
"Zeddie was an animal tonight," Silver Creek coach Rob Genco said. "He just took over."
Kaine Kettle added 16 points while Steve Marcey and Brennan White each had nine in the win.
Part of the reason Williams scored so many points was that center Bill Brooks picked up four fouls in the first quarter and was relegated to the bench for significant chunks of time after that.
Williams more than picked up the slack.
"We showed we could win a different way," Genco added. "We were 0-for-7 on three-pointers in the first half. We have enough set plays where we just started hitting them with slashes to the basket. It's nice to see we played without a big and were still able to score points."
So far this season, nothing has been able to stop Silver Creek from scoring points as the Black Knights improved to 2-0 in CCAA Division 2 and 7-0 overall.
David Taylor led Salamanca with 12 points.
Silver Creek hosts Portville on Thursday in what Genco called its "toughest game of the year."