Scotsmen's bid for FL West title comes up short

Gary Pinneo
Dundee’s #3 Rocky Martini tries a little fancy shooting to get one up on on the HAC defense.

For the last couple of weeks, Friday, Feb. 8 has been circled in maroon on the Dundee Boy’s Basketball calendar.  It marked the date of a showdown with Harley Allendale Columbia with first place in the Finger Lakes West and a League title on the line. 

Dundee dropped the first match with the Wolves earlier in the season in Brighton.  The Scotsmen remained within a game of HAC, piling up league wins along the way, and eagerly awaiting this February rematch. 

Anticipation had driven the emotion level for this game to a very high level. The team, school, and the community was eagerly hoping something special would happen. 

A win for Dundee would give Scotmen a Finger Lakes West title, their  first since the 1993-4 season.  A huge crowd packed the DCS gym to root their white and maroon clad favorites to a big win.  But the young men from HAC had a different idea.  The cagers from Rochester traveled to Dundee and defeated the hometown Scotsmen 54-41 to clinch first place and the league title.

The game was extremely close with both team’s defense taking the forefront.  HAC held a close 20-17 lead at the half.  Dundee cut the lead to 29-27 after three quarters.  But the fourth quarter belonged to the visiting Wolves.  They clamped down the Dundee offense and outscored the Scots 25-14 to walk away with the win and the West title.

Mason Brown was Dundee’s top scorer with 10 points.  Gerard Conyers contributed eight points and hauled down 10 rebounds.  Brent Ayers had eight points.  Dundee’s record falls to 12-3 in the league and 16-3 overall. The maroon and white have clinched second place in the Finger Lakes West.  They conclude their regular season at Bloomfield on Tuesday evening.  Of course, they still could fulfill their dream of a Section V title and possibly a third meeting with HAC with this time a winning result.