HAMBURG - Tommy Campion poured in 25 points to continue his climb up the school's all-time scoring list and the Jamestown Red Raiders shrugged off a slow start to upend Frontier, 55-41, in an Erie County Interscholastic Conference Division 1 basketball game Tuesday night.
The Red Raiders trailed, 13-9, after the first quarter, but went on a 19-4 run in the second period and held off the Frontier the rest of the way.
The victory improves Jamestown's record to 14-2 overall and 9-1 in the division. If the Red Raiders win their two remaining league games - at West Seneca West on Feb. 12 and at home Feb. 14 against Orchard Park- they will claim their third straight division crown and secure the top seed in the upcoming Section 6 Class AA playoffs.
Tommy Campion, right, scored 25 points Tuesday night to raise his career total to 1,025, which passed Donn Johnston for sixth place on the school’s all-time list.
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by Scott Kindberg
''We don't want to share the league title with anybody,'' Coach Ben Drake said. ''It's important that we get that first seed in the sectionals. We're still playing for a lot.''
Four days after erupting for 40 points, Campion continued his prolific scoring, connecting on 8-of-19 shots from the field, including 3-of-7 from the arc, and 6-of-8 from the charity stripe. His 25 points pushed his career total to 1,025, passing Donn Johnson (1,021) and into sixth place on the school's all-time list.
''We did not get off to a very good start,'' Jamestown coach Ben Drake said, ''and, you know, (Frontier) had a good game plan. They ran the shot clock down and tried to slow the tempo of the game.''
After taking a four-point lead, though, the Falcons could do little right in the second quarter as the Red Raiders went on a tear, combining good defense with several transition baskets.
''Matt Hoaglund had two 3-pointers off the bench, which was a really nice boost for us,'' Drake said. '' ... It's a credit to him coming in and knocking down a couple shots. He hasn't played very much recently. Frontier was really packing the lane and they weren't giving (Quinn Lee Yaw and Branden Kellam) much room to work with in the paint. I thought that the weakside was going to be open and he was able to get a couple kickouts and knocked down some shots, which we really needed at the time.''
Frontier closed the gap to 41-35 after three quarters, but Jamestown held the hosts to six points in the final period to complete the season sweep of its division rivals.
The Red Raiders shot 18-of-38 from the field, 5-of-9 from the arc and 14-of-18 from the foul line, while holding a 31-18 rebounding edge. Lee Yaw and Stephen Carlson each had eight boards. Sophomore Zack Panebianco chipped in with eight points, five rebounds and five assists.
Frontier, which shot 16-of-49 from the field, 7-of-22 from the arc and 2-of-6 from the charity stripe, was led by Shawn Fischer with 12 points.
In the junior varsity game, Jamestown ran its record to 11-4 following a 57-35 victory. Zacc Kinsey had 13 points to lead the way for the winners.
Campion 8 6 25, Panebianco 2 4 8, Colwell 1 0 2, Kellam 4 0 8, Lee Yaw 1 4 6, Carlson 0 0 0, Sisson 0 0 0, Hoaglund 2 0 6, Totals 18 14 55.
Licata 0 1 1, Fischer 4 0 12, Bergmann 3 0 6, Avery 2 0 4, Marcinkowski 3 1 9, German 1 0 3, Rajski 2 0 4, Totals 16 2 41.
3-point goals-Campion 3, Hoaglund 2, Fischer 4, Marcinkowski 2, German.
Jamestown9 19 13 14 - 55
Frontier13 4 18 6 - 41
Jayvees: Jamestown 57, Frontier 35