Mustang cagers roll to third straight win

Gary Pinneo
With less than a minute left in the third period against Way-Co, Penn Yan’s #15 Ryan Siwak sent a short jumper to the hoop tying up the score at 33 each.

The Penn Yan Mustang Boy's Basketball team continued their winning ways on Dec. 2 with a 54-43 win over Wayland/Cohocton in a non-league game played in Penn Yan. 

The Mustangs suffered a small touch of nervousness in their home opener, falling behind Way-Co 22-19 in the first half. 

But the Orange and Blue rallied, regained their confidence, and dominated the second half, outscoring their guests 35-21 and then eased to their third straight win. Coming off their impressive championship win in the Williamson Preseason Tip off Tournament last weekend and Tuesday night’s victory, Penn Yan is off to one of their better starts in several years. 

The quick start and success is also good because they face some very difficult games ahead in the always competitive Finger Lakes East.

The Orange and Blue offense was keyed by a trio of senior contributors. 

Ethan Kamholtz tallied 15 points and pulled down 9 rebounds. 

Patrick Rivera also scored 15 points for the Mustangs. 

Talented senior center James Willson added 13 points in the win.  Anthony Luppino and Ryan Siwak contributed seven points each including a 3-pointer each.

Much like the two wins last weekend, Penn Yan's defense was a key factor in the triumph on Tuesday. 

They effectively harnessed the Way-Co offense, especially in the second half.

 A team's success generally starts with its defense. This has been certainly true for this year's edition of the Mustangs. 

With the win, Penn Yan improves their 2008-’09 record to 3-0.

BLOOMFIELD 55

MARCUS WHITMAN 46

The Marcus Whitman Wildcat roundball team jumped off to a 9-6 advantage after one quarter but could not hold on to this lead against a tough Bloomfield Bomber team.  Bloomfield grabbed a 26-19 lead at the half and held off the Cat Cagers to secure the 55-46 win at home.

Cal Andrews had a big evening for Whitman, scoring 17 points including 8 of 10 from the charity stripe.  Tyler Stell added 14 points for the Wildcats.

Marcus Whitman's record falls to 1-2.

DUNDEE 79

ROMULUS 64

The Dundee Scots Basketball team traveled across the big lake to take on the Warriors from Romulus in a roundball match on Thursday evening. 

The visiting Scots broke open a close game with a 45-33 run in the second half to defeat their hosts 79-64.  The offensive weapon of choice for the Scotsmen was the three point shot. 

Dundee converted 14 three pointers in the contest.  Ryan Ballard scored 21 points, including five  treys to lead the Scotsmen in scoring. 

He scored 13 of his points in the fourth quarter to help Dundee pulled away. Joe Tortolon chipped in 17 points including three 3-pointers.

Dundee improves their 2008/9 record to 1-0 in the Finger Lakes

Penn Yan Mustang #23 Ethan Kamholtz drives past the Way-Co defense.