Penn Yan Mustang cagers win Williamson Tournament

Gary Pinneo

The Penn Yan Mustang Boy's basketball team entered the new season hoping to greatly improve on the 9-13 record of last season. 

If this past weekend is any indication, the Orange and Blue are well on the way to making this happen. 

On Saturday evening, Penn Yan easily defeated Greece Odyssey 58-43 to capture the championship of the annual Pre-season Williamson Hoops Tournament. 

The Mustangs reached the finals with a hard fought 57-54 win over Pembroke in Friday night's tournament opener.

The Mustangs used a stifling defense in the first half of Saturday's contest to jump ahead early and take command.  The tight defensive effort by the Mustangs sparked their offense by creating a lot of early scoring opportunities. 

Ethan Kalmholtz provided a huge offensive performance to ignite the Mustangs. The senior guard poured in 23 points and hauled down 12 rebounds in the championship tilt.  His clutch play earned him the Most Valuable Player Honors for the tournament. 

Teammate James Willson, also an All-tournament team selection, tossed in 16 points in the title game. 

The Mustangs jump to a 2-0 early season record after this weekend's success.  They will host Wayland - Cohocton on Tuesday evening in Penn Yan.

In Friday night’s tournament opener, the Mustangs tipped off their 2008-9 hoops campaign with a close 57-54 win over Pembroke. 

The Mustang’s talented senior center James Willson had a big evening to pace the Orange and Blue hardwood quintet. 

Willson scored 18 points and hauled down 13 rebounds to pace the Mustang offense. 

Patrick Rivera added 14 points and Ethan Kalmholtz 8 points for Penn Yan.  Anthony Luppino and Ryan Morehouse chipped in 5 and 4 point respectively. 

The close 57-54 win set the Mustangs up for the big tournament win the next night.