The Penn Yan Mustang boy’s basketball team seem to be hitting their stride at just the right time. Winning a championship is always a difficult process. The key is to be playing at your best at just the right time. And of course, a little luck doesn’t hurt either. Saturday night in Penn Yan, the high-flying Mustangs seem to be on just the right course. The #2 seed Penn Yan Mustangs used a potent offense and a stingy defense to record a convincing 75-48 win over the #10 seed Wayland/Cohocton Golden Eagles. The victory propels the Orange and Blue cagers into the Section B semi-finals Tuesday night against #3 seed Livonia.
Saturday’s game against Way-Co started out cautiously for both teams. They exchanged baskets through the first 8 minutes and battled to a 15-15 tie. The Mustangs began to break things open in the 2nd quarter as they jumped out to a 32-25 lead at the half. But it was the third quarter that would tell the tale. Penn Yan expanded their winning margin to 16 with a 24-15 run. Hot shooting Ben Emerson sparked the Mustang surge in the third scoring 14 points. The Orange and Blue salted away the win with a 19-8 run in the final quarter to seal the 75-48 victory.
The Penn Yan scoring sheet was topped by senior Dylan Stape. He tallied 27 points. Ben Emerson added 24 points including 15 points from behind the 3 points arc. Desmond Battin added 9 points and dished out numerous assists. And the Mustang defensive efforts were led by solids performances from Cade Curbeau, Conner Fingar, Derrick Rivello, and Peyton Schuck.
Up next for the Mustang boy’s, a semi-final match against Livonia Tuesday night, Feb. 27 at a site to be determined. In the other Class B semi-final contest, #1 seed Mynderse will take on #5 seed Greece Odyssey.