Mustang cagers stampede to 5-0 record
The Penn Yan Mustang boys basketball team won nine games total last season. They struggled within their own Finger Lakes East conference.
In fact, they failed to win a single crossover game against a D-I team in the league. They approached the 2008-’09 season with the simple goal of trying to improve on these numbers.
The Finger Lakes East is a very difficult league to compete in because of the quantity of good teams. But this is where the improvement had to come.
Their goal was to take each game one at a time and try to improve from week to week. The new season is just two weeks old and the Mustangs are well on their way to attaining their goals. The Orange and Blue registered two wins last week, one over a non-league opponent and even more importantly, one over a Finger Lakes East D-I foe. The Mustangs improved their record to a perfect 5-0 and they are off to one of their better starts in many years.
The fast start can be attributed to some clutch scoring from every part of the court. The Mustangs have been equally effective from out front and down low.
But probably the most important aspect to the Mustang resurgence has been their defense.
In a word, it has been terrific. They have held their opponents to under 45 points in their five games. The stingy Mustang defense also creates scoring opportunities for the offense. Clutch shooting and a good defense — certainly a formula that produces wins, and winning has been the name of the game for the stampeding Mustangs this early season.
PENN YAN 59
BATH HAVERLING 43
The Orange and Blue picked up win number four on Monday, Dec. 8 in Penn Yan, defeating the Bath Rams 59-43.
Penn Yan galloped to a 37-22 halftime lead in this non-league contest. Penn Yan pretty much controlled this game from start to finish en route to the 16 point win.
Ryan Siwak notched 17 points, including three 3-pointers to lead the Mustang offense. Defensively he also picked up four steals. Down low, senior center James Willson scored 16 points.
He went 6 for 8 from the charity stripe. Willson also hauled down 10 rebounds. Anthony Luppino scored 8 points, 6 coming from 3-pointers.
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The Mustangs opened their Finger Lakes East schedule with an impressive 47-38 win over Canandaigua on Dec. 13. This win over Canandaigua was their first league crossover win against a D-I opponent in two years.
The Orange and Blue outscored the Braves 23-15 in the first half and never lost the lead. But once again, it was the defense that set the tone for this win. Penn Yan effectively controlled the Canandaigua attack all afternoon. They would not allow the Braves to gain any momentum.
James Willson scored in double figures for the 5th straight game. He notched 15 points to lead the Mustangs offensively.
Ryan Siwak added 11 points, including a couple crucial buckets when the Braves tried to make a run.
Patrick Rivera and Ethan Kamholtz tallied 9 and 8 points respectively.
Kamholtz and Anthony Luppino knocked down 3 pointers in the game.
Penn Yan hopes to build on their easy season success one game at a time. If the early season is any indication, the Mustangs will do just that and with any luck, they could find themselves in the middle of a battle for another Finger Lakes East title in February. The 5-0 Mustangs return home next week to take on last year's F.L.East D-II Champion Mynderse.
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The Marcus Whitman Wildcat cagers fell behind the Mynderse Blue Devils 38-29 in the first half but outscored their Seneca County guests 43-26 in the second half to take a 73-64 decision at home on Tuesday night.
Whitman converted 12 of 14 from the foul line in the 4th quarter to nail down the win.
Tyler Stell had a huge night, scoring 23 points and pulling down 15 rebounds. Cal Andrews added 20 points with Jesse Moore contributing 15 points for the Wildcats (2-2,1-0).
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The Wildcats hoped to continue their winning ways on Friday evening at home against Pal-Mac. But the Red Raiders, on the strength of a 35-16 scoring run in the second half, defeated the Wildcats 56-37.
Marcus Whitman (2-3,1-1) fought their guests to a 21-21 draw in the first half. But the Red Raiders' scoring spree in the second half proved to be too much for the 'Cats.
Cal Andrews enjoyed another fine scoring night for the Wildcat cagers. He scored 22 points, including three treys, to lead Whitman in scoring again. Tyler Stell added 5 points and Jamie Murphy 4 points in the MW loss.
Andrews, a 6-foot sophomore guard who scored 20 points with four assists and five rebounds in the win over Mynderse, was named BirdsEye Food Section Five Player of the Week in Finger Lakes East. He also had 22 points with three steals in a loss to Palmyra-Macedon.
The Dundee Scotsman Boy's Basketball team picked up a win on Wednesday over Naples 51-31 at home. The Scots outscored the Big Green 20-5 in the third quarter to overcome a 24-20 halftime deficit.
Justin Schenck tossed in 14 points to propel the Scotsmen to the Finger Lakes West League win. Dylan Hastings added 11 points. Ryan Ballard and Dustin Warren both contributed 7 points for Dundee (4-0, 2-0).
On Friday evening in Honeoye, the Scotsmen roundballers appeared to be headed toward another F.L. West win. Dundee enjoyed a 17 point lead early in the final quarter, but the Bulldogs staged a huge comeback overcoming the deficit and defeated Dundee 49-46. Honeoye outscored Dundee 22-7 in the decisive fourth quarter.
Dustin Warren was top scorer for the Scotsmen notching 10 points. Blaine Moore added 8 points. Dylan Hastings and Ryan Ballard each chipped in 6 points. Dundee suffered their first loss of the season. They are 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the league.