Baby Birds

Hind, McCoy Combine For 50 In Randolph Win

Randolph’s Ty Hind takes the ball to the basket while Chautauqua Lake’s Zach Fischer defends during Monday’s Section VI Class C semifinal at Jamestown Community College’s Physical Education Complex. P-J photo by Valory S. Isaacson

During a timeout with 1:39 left in Monday’s Section VI Class C semifinal, Chautauqua Lake senior Devin Pope walked off the floor at Jamestown Community College’s Physical Education Complex, pulled on his long-sleeved orange warmup shirt and draped a towel over his face.

While the career of one of the area’s greatest scorers of all-time was coming to an end, a Randolph sophomore at the other end of the court was ready to step into the spotlight.

Ty Hind scored 33 points, including 22 in the first half, as the top-seeded Cardinals advanced to Friday’s championship game by virtue of a 74-59 win over the fourth-seeded Thunderbirds.

“He had an outstanding game. He just really stepped up,” Chautauqua Lake coach Mike Putney said of Hind. “We put a lot of pressure on him and he just played really, really well.”

Randolph will now take on No. 3 Tapestry Charter on Friday night at 7:45 p.m. back at Jamestown CC. The ThunderHawks beat No. 2 Allegany-Limestone, 62-59, in Monday’s first semifinal.

Randolph’s Gabe McCoy (23) blocks the shot attempt of Chautauqua Lake’s Kyler Majka during their Section VI Class C semifinal at Jamestown Community College’s Physical Education Complex on Monday night. P-J photo by Valory S. Isaacson

“We’ve got to handle their pressure. When we played them earlier in the season it was a tie game with four minutes left,” Ty Hind said of a Jan. 6 loss to the ThunderHawks. “They pressured us and we turned it over. I think if we take care of the ball we’ll have a good shot.”

Eighth-grader Gabe McCoy added 17 points and 18 rebounds while junior Andrew Bernard had 10 points and six rebounds for the Cardinals.

“Gabe is on a different level right now than he was in the season,” Randolph coach Kevin Hind said.

Pope finished with 16 points and ended his illustrious varsity career that began in eighth grade with 2,023 points — good for fourth all time in Chautauqua County history behind Jamestown’s Maceo Wofford, Fredonia’s Michael Heary and Maple Grove’s Chris Secky.

“Devin Pope is just one of the best scorers. He’s ridiculous,” Ty Hind said. “To be able to hold him to (16), and to just buckle down and play defense down the stretch was great.”

“Isaac Wakefield is not our greatest defender, but we just wanted someone to go out and get into Devin,” Kevin Hind added. “He still had a great game, but he worked for every single point he had.”

The Cardinals led 23-20 after the first quarter, but took over the game with a 22-5 second quarter in which Hind scored 12 points, including a pair of his game-high five 3-pointers. He hit a trey to give his team a 34-22 lead and then hit a teardrop in the lane to cap a 9-0 run.

“Certainly in the first half, Ty clicked in,” Kevin Hind said. “He came out and really attacked.”

McCoy hit a pair of buckets down the stretch and Bernard also scored before Hind lost control on the final possession of the half, picked up the ball, spun off his defender and buried a 3-pointer at the buzzer for a 45-25 halftime advantage.

Pope took on the mission of stopping Hind in the second half, and did a pretty good job by holding him to 11 points, but the large deficit proved too much to overcome.

“You listen to your guy that has been a huge part of the program. He wanted that assignment so we gave him that assignment,” Putney said. “We clawed back to 14 at one point, but we just couldn’t put the ball in the bucket.”

Twice in the third quarter, the Thunderbirds cut Randolph’s lead down to 14, but a Bernard three-point play and a Hind 3-pointer with 10.5 seconds left pushed the Cardinals’ advantage back up to 20 entering the final eight minutes.

“That stretch at the end of the third quarter was just huge,” Kevin Hind said. “They are making a comeback and cut it to 14. Two possessions in a row we hit shots and push it back to 20 to start the fourth quarter.”

Again in the fourth quarter, Chautauqua Lake cut it down to 14 as junior Kyler Majka hit a 3-pointer and then made another bucket with 2:14 remaining, but McCoy’s fifth putback of the game pushed Randolph back in front by 16.

“I’ve scouted a few of their games and he’s gotten better each time. He’s really coming into his body. He just kind of exploded there,” Putney said of McCoy. “He’s playing very well. That’s scary for all the other opponents — when you have that inside-outside game and you have young guys doing it.”

The Cardinals hope the result signals a changing of the guard after they lost to Chautauqua Lake, 58-48, in the overall Class C final last year following a win over East for the C2 championship.

“We’ll go play them tough. … We’ll be ready,” Kevin Hind said of Friday’s date with the ThunderHawks. “Ty had a great game against them. They’ll be ready for him.”

NOTES: Zach Fischer was second to Pope with 13 points while Majka had 11 for the Thunderbirds, who shot 21 of 57 from the floor, including 3 of 17 from 3-point range, and turned the ball over 12 times. … Randolph was 29 of 46 from the field, including 7 of 15 from 3-point range, and turned the ball over 13 times. … Dorian Plummer had 22 points, Mike Towns added 12 and Emanuel Truehart had 11 in Tapestry’s win. Sam Flanders led Allegany-Limestone with 26 points, Michael Wolfgang had 12 and Conner Golley had 10.


Gleason 4 0 8, MAnderson 0 0 0, McCroskey 0 0 0, BAnderson 1 0 2, Fischer 6 1 13, Putney 0 0 0, Pope 4 7 16, Majka 4 1 11, Wood 0 1 1, Adams 2 4 8, Martin 0 0 0. Totals 21 14 59.


Steward 2 0 4, Hind 11 6 33, Wakefield 1 0 3, Donaldson 1 0 2, McCoy 8 1 17, Bernard 4 2 10, George 2 0 5. Totals 29 9 74.

3-point goals–Pope, Majka 2, Hind 5, Wakefield, George.

Chautauqua Lake 20 5 16 18 — 59

Randolph 23 22 16 13 — 74



Plummer 8 4 22, Towns 4 4 12, Eubanks 2 0 4, Baldwin 0 0 0, Robinson 0 0 0, James 0 0 0, Mawien 0 0 0, Truehart 4 3 11, Nance 2 1 6, Wilson 3 0 6, Thompson 0 0 0, Williams 0 1 1. Totals 23 13 62.


McAfee 2 0 4, Flanders 9 4 26, RNapoleon 0 0 0, Golley 5 0 10, Nye 0 0 0, Curran 3 1 7, Wolfgang 6 0 12. Totals 25 5 59.

3-point goals–Plummer 2, Nance, Flanders 4.

Tapestry Charter 9 21 12 20 — 62

Allegany-Limestone 11 17 20 11 — 59