It is crunch time for the Penn Yan Mustang boy’s basketball team. The 2017-18 high school regular season is heading down the homestretch and the Mustang five enter a critical two weeks of games against some tough Finger Lakes East opponents.

The Penn Yan boys are battling Wayne and Mynderse for the top spot in the Finger Lakes East. Also at stake is important sectional points which will dictate where and who the team will play in the upcoming Class Section V tournament. With the season rapidly winding toward its conclusion, the Mustangs will face both Mynderse and Wayne two times each in the final two weeks. These face to face contests will determine where they will finish in the league and in the sectional seeding.

Penn Yan 62 Waterloo 32

The Mustang opened this critical schedule with a home game against Waterloo at home Jan. 26. The local five defeated the visiting Indians 62-32. After starting out slow, Penn Yan used a 7-0 run in the second quarter to pull away from their guests. The Mustangs led 32-19 at the half and 50-28 after three quarters en route to the easy 62-32 Finger Lakes East victory. Dylan Stape notched 19 points to pace the Mustang offense. Desmond Battin added 13 points while Ben Emerson tossed in 11.

Mynderse 47 Penn Yan 36

Fresh off their convincing win over Waterloo on Friday night, the Orange and Blue looked to make it two in a row against Mynderse in Penn Yan Jan.27. The Blue Devils entered this contest with a 7-1 record in the FL East while Penn Yan sported a 6-1 record. Both of the teams are chasing Wayne. The Eagles are 8-0 in first place. This showdown game started off slow with Penn Yan holding a 6-5 advantage after one quarter. Both teams struggled offensively in the first 8 minutes with numerous turnovers. Mynderse rallied to take a 18-15 lead at the half. The Blue Devils extended their lead to 7 early in the 3rd quarter, but it was Penn Yan’s turn to rally. The Orange and Blue cagers grabbed a 31-26 lead after three quarters and looked to be in good shape. The final stanza belonged totally to the visiting Blue Devils. They outscored the Mustangs 21-5 in the quarter and waltzed off with the 11 points win.

Dylan Stape once again topped the Penn Yan scoring ledger with 14 points. Desmond Battin contributed 10 points while Ben Emerson tossed in 8 points. The Mustangs continue their crucial end of season schedule with another key game against Wayne Tuesday evening in Ontario Center.

Saturday evening wasn’t a total loss for the Mustang boy’s basketball program. The Mustang Junior Varsity team defeated the Mynderse J.V team 65-54. The Mustang hoops future looks to be bright.

Marcus Whitman 54 Bloomfield 52

The Marcus Whitman Wildcat boy’s basketball team improved their Finger Lakes West League record to 10-0 with a dramatic 54-52 win over Bloomfield in Gorham Jan. 26. The Wildcats looked to be in total control of this contest after building up a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter. But the Bombers from Bloomfield battled back to tie the score 52-52 with 13 seconds left. Whitman’s Ben Stone scored with just 3 seconds left to nail down win number 10 for the Wildcats. They are 12-2 overall.

Jon Donovan was Whitman’s top scorer with 15 points including three 3-pointers. Riley McLoud added 14 points while Liam Prendergast added 11 points.

Romulus 56 Dundee 40

The Dundee Scots boy’s basketball team dropped a 56-40 decision in Romulus Jan. 26. The two Finger Lakes West teams battled to a14-14 tie after one quarter. The Seneca Lake Warriors edged ahead 26-24 at the half before pulling away from the Scots in the second half. Austin Gibson scored 20 points to pace the Dundee attack. Wiley Hall added 9 points. Dundee falls to 1-9 in FL West play. They are 3-9 overall.

Marcus Whitman 56 Naples 39

The Marcus Whitman Wildcat boy’s basketball team ran their Finger Lakes West League record to 9-0 Jan. 23 defeating Naples 56-39 at home. The Wildcats jumped out early to a 21-7 first quarter lead but the Big Green fought back to make the game close. Whitman used a 12-3 run in the final quarter to pull away to the league win. Marcus Whitman is 11-2 overall.

Jon Donovan was the Wildcat’s top scorer with 14 points. Seth Benedict added 13 points while Liam Prendergast chipped in 10.