PY Mustang cagers sweep Steuben County opponents

Gary Pinneo
In the Mustang’s win over Way-Co Dec. 28, #12 Joe Colaneri looks to stuff the drive of Way-Co’s Kyle Carman as #15 Ryan Siwak and #20 Michael Worden look on.

The Penn Yan Mustang Boy’s Basketball team completed the sweep of their Steuben County neighbors with a thrilling 49-48 overtime win over Haverling in Bath  on Wednesday evening. 

The Orange and Blue defeated Bath at home earler in the season and also defeated Wayland-Cohocton twice in December to claim their perfect record against the schools from the south.  All four games were closelyfought contests with two overtime games in this mix.

On Wednesday evening, the Mustangs trailed 19-17 at the half but jumped ahead 33-29 after three quarters.  The lead changed hands several more  times in this see-saw tilt with the Rams from Bath holding a three point lead, 44-41 with just 15 seconds left in the game.  Penn Yan’s Cody Allison drained a 3-pointer to tie the game at 44  and send it into overtime. 

In the extra four minute stanza the Mustangs behind scoring from Cody Allison, James Willson, and Michael Worden outscored Haverling 5-4 to secure the exciting win.

James Willson netted 19 points and hauled down 20 rebounds to lead the Mustang charge.  Cody Allison finished with 16 points and Michael Worden nine points for the victorius Penn Yan squad.  The Orange and Blue improved their overall record to 5-3 for the 2007-8 season.

On Friday evening Penn Yan returned to Finger Lakes East League action with a game against the powerful Newark Reds in the Wayne County village. Newark came into this contest fresh off a very successful appearance in a Holiday Tournament in New York City.  The Reds quickly showed why they are one of the best high school teams in the state as they raced to a 37-16 halftime lead  and cruised to an easy 69-38 win over the Mustangs. 

Cody Allison scored 12 points to lead the visiting Penn Yan cagers in scoring.  Ethan Kalmholtz chipped in seven points with Joe Colaneri and Adam Stork adding five points each. 

Penn Yan’s record in the Finger Lakes East slipped to 1-4 and 5-4 overall with more upcoming games against the tough Finger Lakes East Division I teams coming up in the next couple of weeks.

Ethan Kamholtz goes to the floor to wrestle a loose ball away from a Way-Co player.