Penn Yan falls to Livonia 70-65 in Class B Semi-final game

The game of high school basketball consists of four 8-minute quarters. Thirty-two minutes of actual basketball action. The game will normally feature a scoring run by each team and a series of momentum changes. How each reacts to these momentum runs usually dictates what the outcome will be. Such was the case in Tuesday night’s Class B semi-final game at Marcus Whitman High School, pitting the #2 seed Penn Yan Mustangs against the #5 seed Livonia Bulldogs.

The two teams were equally matched going into the contest, but an early scoring run by Livonia proved to be too much of a hurdle for the hard-fighting Mustang boys to overcome. After falling behind 6-1 to Penn Yan in the first 2 minutes of the game, Livonia dominated the final 6 minutes of the quarter, outscoring the Mustangs 20-0. They jumped out to a 21-9 lead after one period and the Mustangs could never quite recover.

The Orange and Blue cagers made a valiant effort but came up, in the end, losing 70-65. The tough loss brought an end to Penn Yan’s Section V championship bid. Livonia will advance to Friday’s Class B final game against Greece Odyssey at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester.

Senior Desmond Battin in his final game as a Mustang led a spirited comeback bid by the Orange and Blue. He scored 25 points to top the Mustang scoring sheet. Dylan Stape, another senior, tallied 17 points despite being plagued with foul trouble throughout most of the game. Cade Curbeau and Derrick Rivello added 8 points and 5 points respectively.

The semi-final loss to Livonia was certainly disappointing but does not diminish the fabulous season the Mustang boys had. They finished with a 17-6 record, the best for a Mustang team in many years. And they provided a winter full of surprises and excitement for a large group of local Penn Yan basketball fans. Congratulations to the Coach Marty Gibson’s Penn Yan Mustang boy’s basketball team.