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Chautauqua Lake Wins OT Thriller

Falconer’s Mathis Baehr puts up a shot in front of a JFK defender during Thursday’s Section VI Class B2 prequarterfinal boys basketball game in Falconer. Photo courtesy of Steve Garvey

ELLICOTTVILLE — No. 11 Chautauqua Lake outscored No. 6 Ellicottville 13-1 in overtime after allowing a game-tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation to win 72-60 in a Section VI Class C boys basketball prequarterfinal Thursday evening.

Chautauqua Lake led for most of the fourth quarter. Ellicottville’s William Benatovich scored on a putback and Carter Smith hit a pair of free throws to make it a 56-53 game before Owen Chudy made it a one-point game with 1:12 remaining.

Chautauqua Lake’s Nick Jacobson, who led all scorers with 32 points on the night, then hit a free throw with 57 seconds remaining to make it 57-55 before Chudy hit a free throw at the other end to make it 57-56 with 27 seconds left.

Jacobson then hit a pair of free throws to give Chautauqua Lake a three-point lead before Ellicottville freshman Blake Smith hit a long 3-pointer with 6 seconds remaining to tie the game.

“It was a little farther out than what we drew up. We have all the confidence in the world in Blake as a ninth-grader with the game on the line to tie it,” Ellicottville head coach Dave McCann said. “He’s our best shooter and has been all season. We knew if we could get him the ball and get him a look, he wouldn’t be hesitant to take it. We were thankful it went in.”

But Chautauqua Lake’s Brendan Klossner scored off the opening tip of overtime and head coach Devin Pope’s team never looked back. Jacobson and Trent Houser added buckets in the extra session and Chautauqua Lake went 5 of 6 at the free-throw line to put the game away.

“In overtime, a couple of things that had been biting us all game long came back to bite us again — some turnovers and not getting back on defense in transition,” McCann said.

Nate Henry chipped in 12 points and Klossner had 10 for Chautauqua Lake, which will travel to No. 3 Westfield for a noon quarterfinal Saturday.

Chudy had 18 points and 17 rebounds; Blake Smith had 12 points; Carter Smith had 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists; and Benatovich had 10 points and seven rebounds for Ellicottville.

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE (72)

Jacobson 12 6 32, Henry 4 3 12, Fairbank 0 0 0, Gibbs 2 0 6, Olson 1 2 4, YAmbuhmeidan 0 2 2, Houser 2 2 6, Klossner 5 0 10. Totals 26 15 72.

ELLICOTTVILLE (60)

Chudy 7 4 18, Mendell 0 1 1, CSmith 3 4 10, BSmith 4 0 12, Benatovich 5 0 10, John 3 0 7, Calarco 1 0 2. Totals 23 9 60.

3-point goals–Jacobson 2, Henry, Gibbs 2, BSmith 4, John.

Chautauqua Lake 22 11 9 17 13 — 72

Ellicottville 15 15 10 19 1 — 60

RED DRAGONS HAVE BIG 3RD QUARTER

NORTH COLLINS — Jack Mansfield led four Maple Grove players in double figures with 16 points as the 10th-seeded Red Dragons beat No. 7 North Collins 76-39 in a Class C prequarterfinal.

Nathan Cresanti and Marcus Laney added 13 points apiece, while jayvee callup Ethan Verbosky added 12 points for Maple Grove, which led 29-22 at halftime before a 27-3 third quarter.

“We missed a lot of shots in the first half,” Red Dragons head coach Graham Soffel said. “In the second half, we came out and picked up a lot of buckets on our press.”

Derek Ebersole led the Eagles with 24 points.

“We played man on him the whole game,” Soffel said of Ebersole. “Caleb Barton and Sean Verbosky defended him and were subbing in for each other. He got going a little bit in the fourth quarter.”

Maple Grove will travel to No. 2 Frewsburg for a noon quarterfinal Saturday.

MAPLE GROVE (76)

Cresanti 6 1 13, Foley 0 0 0, Lombardo 0 0 0, Rodgers 1 2 4, Mansfield 6 4 16, Laney 5 3 13, Bless 1 4 6, SVerbosky 1 0 2, Barton 2 1 6, Colburn 1 0 2, EVerbosky 4 2 12, Cornell 1 0 2. Totals 28 17 76.

NORTH COLLINS (39)

Armbruster 2 0 5, Demerley 0 0 0, DEbersole 7 9 24, Quiter 0 0 0, Miller 0 0 0, Downes 2 0 4, WEbersole 0 1 1, Lark 0 0 0, Witkowski 0 0 0, Berrera 0 0 0, Parnitzke 2 1 5. Totals 13 11 39.

3-point goals–Barton, EVerbosky 2, Armbruster, DEbersole.

Maple Grove 18 11 27 20 — 76

North Collins 10 12 3 14 — 39

BARKER CLIPS BROCTON

BARKER –Barker’s Aidan Mescall scored with 27 seconds remaining to give his team a one-point lead and the hosts survived missing five free throws down the stretch to beat No. 16 Brocton 60-59 in a Class C prequarterfinal.

Mescall finished with 31 points, including five 3-pointers, and Luey Castro had 14 points for Barker, which trailed 51-45 entering the fourth quarter.

Michael Garcia led Brocton with a game-high 33 points and Nate Laurito added 10.

BROCTON (59)

Gatto 0 0 0, St. George 0 0 0, Garcia 13 3 33, McIntyre 4 0 9, Laurito 4 0 10, Weisner 3 1 7. Totals 24 4 59.

BARKER (60)

Mescall 13 0 31, Harris 2 0 5, Monaco 0 2 2, Murrell 1 2 4, Hefferon 1 1 4, Castro 3 8 14. Totals 20 13 60.

3-point goals–Garcia 4, McIntyre, Laurito 2, Mescall 5, Harris, Hefferon.

Brocton 18 23 10 8 — 59

Barker 14 19 12 15 — 60

CORTES SHOWS THE WAY

SILVER CREEK — Ray Cortes had a first half to remember.

Then he got some help from his teammates after the break.

The senior poured in 36 points, including 27 in the first two quarters, to go along with 10 rebounds, two steals, two blocks and five assists to lead No. 7 Silver Creek to a 78-61 Class B2 prequarterfinal victory over No. 10 WNY Maritime.

The win, which improved the Black Knights’ record to 12-9 on the season, sets up a quarterfinal matchup at No. 2 Eden at noon Saturday.

“I thought we played well,” Silver Creek coach Ralph Jackson said. “We held Maritime’s leading scorer scoreless. We were keying on him.”

There was no answer for Cortes, whose huge first half was highlighted by hitting three consecutive 3-pointers in the second quarter that helped the Black Knights a 42-27 lead at intermission.

After the break, Jose Pratts led the way, scoring 12 of his 17 points, to go along with 16 rebounds. Teammate Eddie Steinwachs chipped in six assists.

Xavier Gonzalez had 16 points, Abraham Alzaidi 14 and Johnny Williams 12 for WNY Maritime.

WNY MARITIME (61)

Williams 6 0 12, Torres 3 0 7, Gonzalez 7 0 16, Mercado 3 0 7, Davis 1 0 3, Alzaidi 6 1 14, Thomas 1 0 2, Corbett 0 0 0. Totals 27 1 61.

SILVER CREEK (78)

Galfo 3 0 6, League 3 0 6, Boothe 1 1 4, Steinwachs 0 1 1, Eick 3 0 6, Mays 1 0 2, Pratts 7 3 17, Cortes 13 7 36. Totals 31 12 78.

3-point goals–Torres, Gonzalez 2, Mercado, Davis, Alzaidi, Boothe, Cortes 3.

WNY Maritime 12 15 14 20 — 61

Silver Creek 18 24 19 17 — 78

BAEHR, MARKHAM LEAD FALCONER

FALCONER — Mathis Baehr and Roger Markham combined for 24 of Falconer’s 32 third-quarter points as the fifth-seeded Golden Falcons pulled away from No. 12 JFK for an 85-51 Class B2 prequarterfinal win.

Roger Markham finished with a team-high 23 points to go along with eight steals, five rebounds and five assists, while Baehr added 18 points. Zach Markham had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Falconer, which will travel to No. 4 Royalton-Hartland for a noon quarterfinal Saturday.

Michael Mingle had a game-high 30 points to go along with three rebounds and two assists, while Kemarie Avery had 14 points, four rebounds and three assists for JFK.

“We knew the Mingle kid was very good. We knew they played a lot of 2-3 zone. We knew we could execute against it and we played fast, we would play our best basketball,” Golden Falcons head coach Jordan Goold said. “We took their game and weaponized it against them a little bit. In the third quarter, we got a lot of turnovers and got a lot of easy buckets.”

JFK (51)

Diaz 1 0 3, Mingle 12 1 30, Avery 3 8 14, Sikorski 0 0 0, Dibartolomeo 2 0 4, Jozwiak 0 0 0, Ford 0 0 0. Totals 18 9 51.

FALCONER (85)

Fuller 1 0 3, Baehr 7 3 18, Sharpe 1 0 2, Delaney 0 0 0, Swanson 0 0 0, Brainard 0 0 0, Bailey 3 0 7, RMarkham 9 4 23, Maher 0 0 0, ZMarkham 8 0 17, Binkley 2 0 4, Parmentier 3 2 8, Carlson 1 0 3. Totals 35 9 85.

3-point goals–Diaz, Mingle 5, Fuller, Baehr, Bailey, RMarkham, ZMarkham, Carlson.

JFK 10 14 21 6 — 51

Falconer 16 19 32 18 — 85

FORESTVILLE ADVANCES

FORESTVILLE — David Barrett had 18 points and eight rebounds as No. 4 Forestville beat No. 5 West Valley 74-47 in a Class D quarterfinal.

Will Duliba had 15 points, Jacob Anders had 12 and Jackson Rebmann had 11 for the Hornets, who led 27-18 at halftime and put the game away with a 23-9 fourth quarter. Blake Waterman grabbed eight rebounds in the win.

Derik Schoepflin led West Valley with 17 points.

Forestville will take on No. 1 Pine Valley in the 6 p.m. semifinal Monday at Jamestown Community College.

WEST VALLEY (47)

Kowalski 2 1 5, Tharnish 4 4 12, Heightman 2 0 4, Ghani 3 3 9, Schoepflin 5 5 17. Totals 16 13 47.

FORESTVILLE (74)

Tenamore 2 1 6, Barrett 8 2 18, Anders 5 0 12, Sanchez 1 1 4, Gruber 1 0 3, Waterman 1 0 2, Connolly 0 0 0, Duliba 6 0 15, Mills 1 0 3, Rebmann 4 1 11, Spengler 0 0 0, Marsh 0 0 0. Totals 29 5 74.

3-point goals–Schoepflin 2, Tenamore, Anders 2, Sanchez, Gruber, Duliba 3, Mills, Rebmann 2.

West Valley 9 9 20 9 — 47

Forestville 13 14 24 23 — 74

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