Mustangs open sectional play at home against Attica, 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23
Success in playoffs can be about timing. For the Penn Yan boys’ basketball team, the timing could be right for a deep run in the Section V tournament.
Penn Yan 59 Pal-Mac 39
The team finished the year with a convincing 59-39 win over Pal-Mac that helped them score a sectional point while their first-round foe, Attica, was upset by Pembroke, and dropped from a No. 2 seed to a No. 5 seed setting up a matchup in Penn Yan at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The game was close at halftime as the Mustangs held a slim 24-20 lead, but a convincing third quarter where Penn Yan outscored Pal-Mac 21-9 “put the game out of reach” as head coach Marty Gibson tells it.
“We’ve been getting pretty good balanced scoring which is good for us,” he said. We have six kids who are really contributing. This year’s team just doesn’t have that one person to go to every night.”
Conner Fingar led that balanced scoring with 13 points, while Peter Nicholson and Mason Kuver tallied 10 points apiece. Gibson also pointed to Peyton Schuck’s 8 points as helping the team “get over the top.”
Gibson hopes his team’s depth can be a deciding factor in their contest against Attica.
“They’re senior oriented. They’re big. They’re a good shooting team,” Gibson said of the Red Ramblers. “We caught a break getting a home game. That should help us.”
The Mustangs have a young team, but Gibson believes the work they put in this season will be fruitful.
“They’re getting better at the right time,” Gibson explained of his players. “Time will tell. I think we will hold our own. Attica is a very good team.”
If Penn Yan gets by Attica, another big test in No. 1 seed Wellsville will be waiting. The teams would play on a neutral court in the semifinal game.