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Leeper Nets 20 Points, JHS Boys Upend Clarence, 62-48

CLARENCE — Jaylen Butera played lock-down defense, and Simeon Leeper, Trey Drake and Elijah Rojas took care of things on the offensive end as Jamestown downed Clarence, 62-48, in an Erie County Interscholastic Conference Division 1 basketball game Thursday afternoon.

The victory raised the Red Raiders’ record to 3-0 in the division and 4-1 overall heading into Saturday’s 1:30 p.m. home game against rival Lancaster.

“Saturday is a huge game for us,” Jamestown coach Ben Drake said. “Lancaster is off to a good start (3-0 in the league), and I knew they would definitely be one of the better teams in the league this year. We had good battles with them last year. I think Saturday should be a dogfight. We need to come out ready to go and defend our home court.”

The Red Raiders did pretty well on the road yesterday.

Leading 18-17 after the first quarter, Elijah Rojas scored 9 of his 13 points in the second period to lead Jamestown on an 18-11 run. By the end of the third quarter, the Red Raiders’ lead grew to 13 and they held off the Red Devils the rest of the way.

Leeper had an especially strong performance. Coming off the bench, he scored a game-high 20 points and nailed four 3-pointers, the same number that Trey Drake (14 points) had.

“Simeon … gave us a real spark,” Coach Drake said. “We were really trying hard to get the ball inside and we did a nice job early on. Clarence was trying to take that away, and Simeon and Trey were able to knock down some open 3-pointers for us today. That’s an important piece for us to be a more well-rounded offensive team.”

Trey Drake connected on 4 of 8 attempts from distance, while Leeper was 4 of 12.

Finally, Butera received rave reviews from his coach after being tasked with guarding Jack Ainello, a returning first-team all-league performer who finished with 12 points.

“Jaylen did a great job on him and really made him earn his points,” Coach Drake said.

Statistically, Rojas finished with five assists and four steals; and Demarri Jones grabbed 12 rebounds to go with his 9 points.

JAMESTOWN (62)

Rojas 6 0 13, Drake 4 2 14, Butera 0 2 2, Jones 4 1 9, Farmer 2 0 4, Leeper 7 2 20, Totals 23 7 62.

CLARENCE (48)

Ainello 5 0 12, Hand 2 0 5, Eggleston 5 0 12, White 3 3 9, Brooks 3 0 6, Metzger 1 2 4, Totals 19 5 48.

3-point goals–Rojas, Drake 4, Leeper 4, Ainello 2, Hand, Eggleston 2.

Jamestown 18 18 14 12 — 62

Clarence 17 11 9 13 — 48

Jayvees: Clarence won.

GOWANDA FALLS

PORTVILLE — Portville snuck by Gowanda with a 58-56 final, thanks to a 27-point effort from Mallory Welty that included eight 3-pointers.

Welty would add six rebounds and four assists, while Mia Hlasnick had 8 points and 10 assists.

Mia Welty chipped in four assists and 6 points, Reggie Tkacik had 13 rebounds and Lilly Bentley eight rebounds and 15 points in the win.

Miya Scanlan had 12 points and Aaliyah Stevens had 13 points for Gowanda.

GOWANDA (56)

M. Scanlan 4 1 12, Snyder 1 0 3, Kota 4 0 9, Young 1 0 3, Stevens 6 1 13, C. Scanlan 3 0 6. Stevens 4 0 10. Totals 23 2 56.

PORTVILLE (58)

Mal. Welty 8 3 27, Hlasnick 4 0 8, Mia Welty 2 0 6, Tkacik 1 0 2, Bentley 6 3 15. Totals 21 6 58.

3-point goals: Ma. Welty 8, Mi. Welty 2, M. Scanlan 3, Stevens 2, Snyder, Kota, Young.

Gowanda 18 11 15 11–56

Portville 19 14 14 11–58

Jayvees: Portville won.

CARDS WIN AGAIN

RANDOLPH — Randolph moved to 4-0 and 3-0 in CCAA Division 1 East play with a 67-36 win over Portville (1-1, 1-1).

Jaiden Huntington continued his hot stretch for the Cardinals with a 19-point effort, while Carson Conley added 17 points on five 3s.

Ashton Bushey chipped in 7 points, eight assists, eight rebounds and three steals in the win.

Maxx Yehl led Portville with 12 points and eight boards.

PORTVILLE (36)

Mathes 0 1 1, Griffin 0 1 1, Long 3 0 6, Gariepy 1 0 2, Stone 3 0 7, Petryszak 1 0 2, Petruzzi 1 0 3, Yehl 6 0 12, Sharp 0 2 2. Totals 15 4 36.

RANDOLPH (67)

Bushey 3 0 7, I. Hind 4 0 8, D. Hind 2 0 6, Nelson 0 1 1, DuBuque 3 1 7, Conley 6 0 17, Burch 1 0 2, Huntington 8 0 19. Totals 27 2 67.

3-point goals: Stone, Petruzzi, Bushey, D. Hind 2, Conley 5, Huntington 3.

Portville 7 9 11 9–36

Randolph 16 24 22 5–67

BRAIDICH LEADS KNIGHTS

FALCONER — Silver Creek moved to 2-3-1 on the year with a 57-30 win over Falconer.

Matt Woleben and Samuel Braidich combined for 17 of 28 first-quarter points for the Black Knights, finishing with 11 and 24 respectively in the win.

Nick Erickson led Falconer with 7 points.

SILVER CREEK (57)

Braidich 11 2 24, Woleben 3 2 11, Jamison 2 0 6, Wolverton 2 0 4, Fiegl 3 0 6, Cross 3 0 6. Totals 24 2 57.

FALCONER (30)

Vera 1 0 2, Erickson 6 1 7, Swanson 1 1 3, Doarbman 0 2 2, Stahlman 3 0 6. Totals 11 4 30.

3-point goals: Woleben 3, Jamison 2, Erickson 4.

Silver Creek 28 12 6 11–57

Falconer 10 4 7 9–30

Jayvees: Silver Creek won.

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