By Todd Palmatier
While school is on winter break, the boys’ basketball teams have been hard at work practicing and participating in the Frewsburg Holiday Basketball Tourney, which was held on Dec. 29 and 30.
Coach Dave McCann took his varsity boys’ team to play Class A Dunkirk Marauders on Monday night and were handed a 62-48 defeat in the first round. It was a back and forth battle for the undersized Eagles, and freshman Austin Grinols helped keep it close with 18 points – four of those by 3 pointers. Senior Phalla Musall chipped in 12 points and freshman Griffin Chudy & Elliot Bowen each had 7 points for the Eagles.
The team returned to Frewsburg on Tuesday to play in the consolation game and came home with a 51-45 win over Class B Falconer Falcons. The team was led by Musall with 15 points, Grinols with 10 and Chudy with 9, while junior Cole Lapi chipped in 8 points and played a tight defensive game for the Eagles. Additionally, Bowen pitched in 7 points and Alex Fisher had 2, rounding out the scoring for the Eagles. The Eagles play again Friday in Hinsdale and next week at Franklinville and Pine Valley.
Coach Matt Finn’s JV team fought hard at the Frewsburg Tourney, coming home in 4th place. Playing a much larger team from Dunkirk on Monday, the boys played hard and scraped for all of their 27 points against the Dunkirk Marauder team, who took the game with 72 points. Deric Leiper and Noah Stuve each scored 8 points, while Austin Whitmer and Brennan Finn had 7 and 4 points respectively. Mitchell Sexton and Evan Palmatier both played a great defensive game for the Eagles as Palmatier had 7 rebounds and Sexton 4 against a much taller squad.
The JV team returned on Tuesday and lost a hard fought battle to Falconer 42-35. The team was led by Leiper with 20 points, 6 of them by way of 3 pointers. Stuve and Palmatier chipped in 6 and 4 points respectively. Coach Finn sees progress with the squad and was very happy with their defense and all around play.
According to Finn, “they are getting better every day. Their time will come.”
The JV team has off until next week when they to take on Franklinville and Pine Valley.
The girls’ varsity basketball team plays Friday, Jan. 2 and Saturday, Jan. 3 in the Annual JCC Holiday tournament hosted and played at Jamestown Community College.