Boys Basketball: Mustangs eliminated by Pal-Mac; Dundee plays semi-final game Monday

Gary Pinneo
Penn Yan's # 30 Tanner Irwin collides with the Pal Mac defender.

Pal-Mac 73 Penn Yan 61

The third time was not the charm for the Penn Yan Mustang boy's basketball team Friday night in Palmyra. The Orange and Blue five faced off against Finger Lakes East rival Pal-Mac for the third time this season in a quarter-final game in the Section V Class B-1 tournament. The Mustangs had dropped two previous contests to the Red Raiders during the regular season. They had hoped to reverse that trend with a sectional win and advance to the semi-finals in the annual roundball tourney. But it was not to be. Pal-Mac, on the strength of a 26-15 run in the third quarter, rolled to a 73-61 win over Penn Yan, ending the Mustangs season in the process.

The first half was close with Pal-Mac grabbing a slight 34-28 lead at the half. The Raiders raced to a commanding 60-43 after three quarters, and seemed poised to run away with the game. But the Mustangs mounted a spirited comeback bid in the final 8 minutes. They outscored their hosts 14-0 in 6 minutes to cut the lead to just 3 points with a little over 2 minutes remaining. But the Red Raiders regained their composure and held on for the 73-61 victory.

Bryce Dinehart was Penn Yan's leading scorer with 19 points. Austin Fingar added 17 points. The Orange and Blue struggled a bit at the charity stripe making only 14 of 24 attempts. This would prove to be a problem in the Mustang's comeback bid late in the game.

The disappointing loss ended an otherwise successful season for Penn Yan. They finished with a respectable 11-8 record, improving from just 7 wins the season before. The future looks bright for the up and coming Mustang basketball program.

Dundee 55 Kendall 43

The Dundee Scots boy's basketball team continues to win. The Scots defeated Kendall 55-43 Friday evening in Dundee in a Section V Class C-2 quarter-final game. With the win, Dundee will advance to a semi-final showdown with the #1 seed team from Caledonia-Munford Monday night. The site for this contest will be determined this weekend. The Scots are the #4 seed in the tourney. They have won 17 of 20 games this season. Cal-Mum has lost just once.

Friday's game was a low scoring affair in the first half with the hometown Scots inching out to a 23-18 after the first 16 minutes. But the pace picked up a bit in the second half, and Dundee pulled away to the 12 point win.

Bobby Strait was the top scorer for Dundee in this Section V match. He garnered 24 big points to lead the Dundee charge. Jarrett Butler and Cole Hartman added 10 points each to the Scotsmen's winning numbers.