Penn Yan Boys net a big win heading into regular season final week
The Penn Yan Mustang boy’s basketball team kept their slim hope of a Finger Lakes East League championship title alive with a 56-52 victory over Newark on Friday evening in Penn Yan. The Mustangs trail both Mynderse and Wayne for first place in the league, but they play both teams in the final week of action. Mynderse and Wayne both have only 1 loss in league play. Penn Yan enters the final regular season week with 3 losses in the league. A possible tie for the top spot remains, but they would need some help from some other teams.
In Friday’s win over the Newark Reds, Penn Yan jumped out early to a 9-6 first quarter lead. The Reds battled back and took the lead in the third quarter. The game was tied 43-43 after three quarters. The Orange and Blue used a 13-9 scoring advantage in the final stanza to pull away to the key win. The Mustangs improved their overall record to 14-4 with the victory. The Section V Class B tournament will start soon. Every win is important for tournament seeding.
Desmond Battin led the Mustang scoring attack with 23 points. He was a perfect 11 for 11 at the charity stripe. Derrick Rivello added 14 points including a couple of key three pointers when the game was tied. Dylan Stape chipped in 8 points while Ben Emerson tallied 5. Cade Curbeau and Connor Fingar led a strong Penn Yan defensive effort.
The HAC Wolves downed Dundee 56-43 in a Finger Lakes West contest played in Dundee on Friday evening. Kyle Cratsley topped the Dundee scorers with 14 points. Robbie Clark added 9 points while teammate Wylie Hall tallied 7 points. Dundee falls to 2-14 in Finger Lakes West action. They are 4-15 overall.
M. Whitman 53
The Marcus Whitman Wildcat boy’s basketball team ran their Finger Lakes West leading record to 13-1 with a 53-46 victory over Romulus in Romulus on Thursday evening. A 15-2 Wildcat run in the second quarter propelled Whitman to the win. They improve to 15-3 overall.
Riley McLoud topped the Whitman scoring ledger with 13 points. Ian Prendergast added 12 points.
Penn Yan 74
The Mustangs upended the Midlakes Screaming Eagles 74-63 to stay in the hunt for the league title with Mynderse and Wayne. The win for the Orange and Blue also avenged an earlier January loss to the Screaming Eagles in Penn Yan. Mynderse and Wayne are 12-1 and 11-1 respective in Finger Lakes East play. Penn Yan is 8-3. The Mustangs will play both Mynderse and Wayne this coming week as the regular season draws to a close. Penn Yan’s overall record stands at 13-4.
Senior Desmond Battin led the Mustang offense Feb. 6 against Midlakes. He tallied 24 points. Ben Emerson added 17 points and Dylan Stape chipped in 13 points.
M. Whitman 46
Red Jacket 41
The Marcus Whitman Wildcat boy’s basketball team jumped back on the winning track Feb. 6 at home against Red Jacket. After suffering their first loss in Finger Lakes West League play over the weekend, the Wildcats rebounded to defeat Red Jacket 46-41. Whitman holds a 3-game lead in the conference going into the final week of the regular season. They are 12-1 in the West and 14-3 overall. Seth Benedict paced the Wildcat victory with 15 points. Riley McLoud added 12 points.
The Big Green from Naples handed Dundee a 55-50 loss in Dundee Feb. 6. The loss drops Dundee’s record in the Finger Lakes West to 2-11. They are 4-12 overall with the regular season rapidly coming to a conclusion.