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Eagles rise to 10-0 in league, defeat Pine Valley 55-48

Having already clinched the league title, the Ellicottville boys basketball team used Monday to push an unbeaten league mark to 10 straight. 

But it might have gotten a bit more of a test than it expected. 

Clayton Rowland recorded 15 points, five assists and four steals to guide the Eagles to a 55-48 CCAA East II victory over Pine Valley. Leif Jimerson added 12 points and Wyatt Chudy had 10 for Ellicottville, which led by 15 at halftime and took a 13-point advantage into the fourth quarter before fending off a Pine Valley rally.

With one game remaining, the Eagles have won a season-best five contests in a row overall. 

“It was a good win for us on the road,” said Ellicottville coach Dave McCann, whose team had topped the Panthers, 64-44, earlier in the year. “They made a run in the fourth quarter, but we were able to close out on our free throws down the stretch.”

Christian Ortiz had 14 points for Pine Valley. 

Ellicottville (55)

Jimerson 4 3-4 12, C. Rowland 5 6-8 15, S. Rowland 3 2-3 8, W. Chudy 4 1-1 10, J. Grinols 2 0-3 4, L. Grinols 2 1-1 5. Totals: 22 13-22 55.

Pine Valley (48)

R. Snyder 5 0-2 12, Ellis 1 2-2 4, Libby 1 0-2 2, M. Snyder 4 1-2 10, Finch 1 0-0 2, Ortiz 6 2-2 14. Totals: 20 5-10 48.

Ellicottville 15 33 47 55

Pine Valley 9 18 34 48

Three-point goals: Eville 2 (Jimerson, Chudy); PV  3 (R. Snyder 2, M. Snyder). Total fouls: Eville 12, PV 17. Fouled out: None.

JV: Eville won.

Ellicottville 39, North Collins 28

The Ellicottville boys basketball team celebrated another CCAA East II title Friday night but not until after surviving a scare from North Collins.

Last-place NC led by six at halftime and held a 28-26 advantage entering the fourth quarter. The last eight minutes, however, belonged to Ellicottville, which blanked NC 13-0 in the frame.

Ellicottville outscored North Collins 23-6 in the second half.

“Our defensive energy stepped up,” Ellicottville coach Dave McCann said. “The first half, especially, we played with very little energy. We came out in the second half and just played with better energy.

“We shot poorly all night. But I think defensively our energy was good enough to steal a win.”

Clayton Rowland racked up 10 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals, and Wyatt Chudy had a double-double of 10 points and 10 boards to lead Ellicottville.

David Gullo and Tyler Robinson scored 10 points each for North Collins (1-12, 0-8).

For Ellicottville, the league title is its fourth straight.

“It’s a pretty good accomplishment with pretty much a totally new cast,” McCann said. “I’m really proud of the kids and the focus they’ve had when we got into league play. The goal we set on Day 1 was to try to win the league. And our second goal was to try to go undefeated in the league, and we have a chance to do that Monday (against Pine Valley) so we’re looking forward to that.”

North Collins (28)

Puntillo 1 0-0 2, Gullo 4 0-1 10, Loretto 1 0-0 2, Warsaw 2 0-0 4, Robinson 4 2-6 10. Totals: 12 2-7 28.

Ellicottville (39)

Jimerson 3 1-2 7, C. Rowland 4 2-4 10, S. Rowland 2 0-0 5, W. Chudy 3 4-4 10, L. Grinols 2 2-3 7. Totals: 14 9-13 39.

North Collins 12 22 28 28

Ellicottville 10 16 26 39

Three-point goals: NC 2 (Gullo 2); Ellicottville 2 (S. Rowland, L. Grinols). Total fouls: NC 16, Ellicottville 6. Fouled out: Loretto.

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