SINCLAIRVILLE - With only seven players, the Cassadaga Valley Cougars (7-4, 3-2) hung tough with the Panama Panthers (6-3, 3-2), but in the end, the visitors used its deep bench to pull out a 57-48 victory on Thursday in CCAA West II boys high school basketball.
After a 10-all tie after the first quarter and a 19-all deadlock at halftime, the Panthers went on to outscore the Cougars, 38-29 in the second half for the win.
Cassadaga Valley is without its leading scorer in Cody Johnson who is out with an injury, but received solid contributions from Randy Dalaba and Mike Lancaster. Dalaba netted 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds while Lancaster had 14 points and 10 boards. The duo combined for 14 of the team's 18 fourth-quarter points.
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Cassadaga Valley’s Shane Parsons (14) drives to the basket while being defended by Panama’s Chris Blose (3) during Thursday’s CCAA?West II boys high school basketball game.
"It was a close ball game," Cassadaga Valley coach Rich Clifford said. "I am proud of our efforts. Panama has a nice team. We just couldn't pull it out."
Kyle Ruge and Shane Parsons combined for seven steals in the losing effort.
Sherman 65, Westfield 53
SHERMAN - The Westfield Wolverines (6-4, 3-2) put together a strong first half in keeping up with the State's No. 1 ranked Class D team in Sherman (10-0, 6-0).
Unfortunately, the Wolverines couldn't keep up in the second half as the Wildcats went on for the 65-53 victory in CCAA?West?II action.
The two teams combined for 11 treys in the first half as Sherman held a 42-31 halftime lead.
"It was a great, fast-paced game where people were able to knock down shots in the first half," Sherman coach Corey Emery said. "It was one of the best first halves I have seen in awhile. In the second half, the complexion of the game changed. It went into a half-court offensive game and shots were harder to come by."
The key to the game was the Sherman duo of Andrew Graham and Ryan Robson as the two combined for 40 points, led by Graham's 24. Graham also had five assists while Robson added five assists and four steals. Jake Card contributed in the win with 13 points, six rebound and three assists.
Liam Tennies led the Wolverines with 13 points while Tanner Dahl scored 11 in a losing effort.
Clymer 54, Chautauqua Lake 41
CLYMER - Tough defense was the difference Thursday as the Clymer Pirates (6-5, 2-4) held the Chautauqua Lake Thunderbirds (4-7, 2-3) to just two points in the second quarter en route to a 54-41 victory in a CCAA West II boys basketball matchup.
Jake Wiggers led the Pirates with 17 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals. Mitch Einink also had a solid all-around performance for Clymer with 12 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists.
"We stepped up and played a real nice second quarter," Clymer coach Dan White said. "It was pretty close overall. Wiggers scored 14 of his 17 in the second quarter. He was on fire and that gave us a boost on defense. We got out on our assignments, deflected passes that led to steals and had our best quarter of the season."
Ian Clute led the Thunderbirds with 12 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.
Clymer will head to Forestville on Tuesday for a non-league matchup.
Forestville 75, North Collins 31
FORESTVILLE - After losing their first six games of the season, the Forestville Hornets (3-6, 3-0) have hit their stride in league play. The Hornets won their third-straight game Thursday night with an impressive 75-31 victory over the North Collins Eagles (1-6, 1-2) in a CCAA East II boys basketball matchup.
"We played some tough non-league games," Forestville coach Ralph Jackson said. "But we kept playing hard. We started out with Sherman who is the best Class D team in the state. But now we are 3-0 in league and are off to a good start."
Logan Youngberg paced the Hornets with 13 points to go along with eight rebounds. Sharef Corley added 10 points while Ryan Forbes scored a game-high 14 points in the win.
Aaron Strauss had nine points for North Collins in the loss.
"As a whole we played well collectively," Jackson said. "Youngberg had a season high in points and our top-three scorers are all underclassmen."
Forestville's next game is Saturday at Panama in a non-league contest.
Franklinville 55, Pine Valley 44
SOUTH DAYTON - Franklinville took advantage of a slow start by Pine Valley (1-2, 2-7), picking up a 55-44 victory in CCAA?East II boys high school basketball.
Three Franklinville players scored in double figures with Ben Erickson exploding for 26 points, eight rebounds and nine steals. He was followed by Jordan Milks with 15 points and Collin Seamans added 12 points while Ethan Lawrence pulled down 11 rebounds.
For Pine Valley, Jake Wilcox earned the double-double with12 points and 12 rebounds and Bryce Jay collected seven rebounds in the losing effort.