Westhill boys hoops bashes SAS, Solvay

Marcellus takes one-point defeat to Solvay

Each of the 12 Westhill players that saw action got at least one point. Jordan Roland, with 17 points, set the pace as Burton improved to 12 points and Jeff Lobello got 11 points, plus five assists. Reynolds added nine points as no Solvay player scored in double figures, though Cardinell (nine points), Pucello and Jon Scutt (seven points each) got close.

Marcellus, who had a rematch with the Skaneateles team it beat on Dec. 28 Tuesday night, went to Phoenix last Friday and ended up as the latest victim of the surprising Firebirds, who improved to 6-3 by rallying to beat the Mustangs 53-52.

It looked good for Marcellus when it outscored Phoenix 17-6 in the second quarter. But its 31-21 halftime lead could not hold as the Firebirds surged to tie it, 42-42, by the start of the final period, and then fought through a tense homestretch to pull it out.

Hastings led with 18 points, with Bandera adding 13 points and Dillon again getting 11 points, but the rest of the team had just four field goals combined. Phoenix, by contrast, had five players score six or more points, with Dylan Doupe (13 points) and Bryce Plante (11 points) setting the pace.

Just before the deep-freeze delay, Jordan-Elbridge did play, trying to slow down Cazenovia, but unable to do so in last Monday’s 74-63 defeat to the Lakers.

J-E had a potent attack that Cazenovia had to deal with, and it did so by playing at a fast pace throughout the first quarter and easing its way to a 22-16 lead.

Not backing off, the Lakers expanded that margin to 40-29 by halftime. Then it spent the rest of the game protecting the lead against all sorts of Eagles charges as Kyle Matousek, with 20 points, and Zach Wagner, with 17 points, led the resistance. Jake Melfi added nine points.

Andrew Vogl made sure the Lakers were successful, leading both sides as he scored a season-best 24 points, and he had plenty of help as two other Cazenovia players reached double figures (Ryman Seeley and Kevin Hopsicker, with 10 points apiece) and three others nearly did.

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