Curtains fall on local teams
Friday night started with all three local high school boy's basketball teams in the hunt for a Section V championship. Penn Yan, Dundee, and Marcus Whitman entered the evening with tough quarter-final games in their respective brackets, just two games away from a title chance. Unfortunately for the local three, the 2015-16 season would not be the year of the crown. The night that started out full of hope and anticipation, ended in disappointment. The Mustangs, Scotsmen, and Wildcats all came up on the short end of the scoreboard.
Hornell 42 Penn Yan 40
The #6 seed Penn Yan Mustang boy's traveled to Hornell Friday to take on the #3 seed Red Raiders in the quarter-final round of the Section V Class B-1 tournament. These two teams had met twice before during the regular season with each team pulling out a win on their home court. The rubber game of this series would determine which team would advance to the semi-finals next week. The regular season matchups both were close, low scoring games. This game figured to follow the same script. And it did.
The visiting Mustangs led throughout this game. Penn Yan held a 19-14 advantage at the half, and at one time enjoyed a 10-point lead in the third quarter. But the hometown Raiders put on a late game surge, trailing by just 1 point at the end of three quarters. The teams exchanged baskets for most of the final stanza. Penn Yan held a 40-39 lead in the final minute. Hornell drained a 3-pointer in the final seconds to walk off with the 42-40 win, ending the Mustangs' season.
Penn Yan was led in scoring by their two seniors. Sean Emerson tallied 16 points to top the Mustang scoring ledger. Tanner Irwin, in his final Mustang basketball game, scored 10 points. Penn Yan ends their basketball season with a 11-10 record.
Campbell-Savone 49 Dundee 45
The Dundee Scots entertained the Campbell- Savona Panthers before a packed gym in Dundee Friday evening. The two high school neighbors squared off in a game that would determine which team would advance to the semi-finals of the Section V Class C-2 tournament.
Dundee was the #4 seed and Campbell-Savona the #5. But these two teams were evenly matched going into this contest. Dundee started slowly and trailed 12-10 after one quarter. But the Scotsmen stepped up their game in the middle two quarters and seemed to take control. they led 31-19 at the half. But the C/S Panthers were not finished. They battled back to cut the Dundee lead to 40-37 after three quarters. The Steuben County five went on an 8-0 run, and tied the game at 44 with just under 2 minutes remaining. Dundee took their final lead 45-44 on a Devin Jensen free throw. But Campbell-Savona scored the final 5 points of the game to gain the hard fought 49-45 win and the right to advance to Monday night's semi-final game.
Ryan Sprague was Dundee's top scorer in this contest with 12 points. Bobby Strait added 8 points and Talon Wright 7. The Scotsmen end their season with a 15-7 record.
Attica 59 Marcus Whitman 44
The Marcus Whitman Wildcat basketball season came to an end Friday night in Attica. The #5 seeded Wildcats dropped a 59-44 decision to #4 Attica in the Class B-2 Section V tournament. The loss eliminated Whitman from the tournament. They end their 2015-16 campaign with a 13-6 record. The Wildcats were led in scoring by Brad Stone's 11 points.