Boys Basketball Roundup: Panthers hand Braves their first loss

Fonda-Fultonville's Massimo DiCaprio drives to the hoop against Mayfield Garrett Delaney (11) and Walker Goodemote (24) during Western Athletic Conference action Wednesday at Mayfield High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

MAYFIELD — The Fonda-Fultonville Braves traveled to Mayfield on Wednesday night to take on the Panthers in a Western Athletic Conference boys basketball matchup.

In a closely-contested game that featured a battle between the big men, it was the Panthers who upended the Braves by a score of 55 -50 handing them their first loss of the season.

Mayfield was led by freshman Trevon Gifford who poured in 25 points and grabbed 9 rebounds while senior Nikolas Couture had 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Braves.

Jackson Atty drove to the basket to score the game’s first points for the Braves but Mayfield got eight points from Gifford and a 3-pointer from Garrett Delaney to pick up 11 straight points and took an eight point lead with 4:21 remaining in the opening quarter.

After a Fonda-Fultonville timeout, Atty connected for a 3-point basket but the Panthers answered when Gifford scored down low. The Braves, traditionally a man-to-man defensive team, went to a zone and slowed the Mayfield offense enough to dig their way back into the game.

Mayfield's Kyle Dingman (1) looks to put up a shot over Fonda-Fultonville's Nikolas Couture (12) and Terrance Pierce (20) during Wednesday's Western Athletic Conference game at Mayfield High School. Looking on are the Braves' Massimo DiCaprio (21) and the Panthers' Walker Goodemote. (The Leader-Herald/james A. Ellis)

“The zone was pretty good,” Fonda-Fultonville coach Eric Wilson admitted. “I thought we did a good job in it. We were active and I was really happy with the effort.”

Fonda-Fultonville had a nine point burst getting baskets from Mitch Araya, Massimo DiCaprio, a 3-pointer from Angelo Canale and a bucket from Couture to take the lead with 37 seconds to go in the quarter. Gifford made two free throws to take the lead back but Couture connected on a short jumper to give the Braves a 16-15 lead at the end of the first quarter.

“Their zone was good and we struggled against it,” Mayfield coach Jon Goodemote said. “We had a couple of plays that gave us some good touches, but Fonda made some adjustments. That’s good coaching on his part.”

The second quarter was another back and forth effort by both teams including seven lead changes. Gifford started the Panthers off with a quick basket but Atty responded with a bucket to regain the lead for the Braves. Delaney made a 3-point shot for Mayfield but Fonda-Fultonville fired back with a basket from Couture and a 3 pointer from Atty to give the Braves a 23-20 lead with 3:41 left in the half. Twenty seconds later, Josh Wasson nailed a 3-pointer to tie the game. After Atty made a free throw Mayfield got a 3-point basket from Daniel Leach and Kyle Dingman hit a baseline jumper to put the Panthers ahead by four. The Braves responded quickly with Couture scoring from in the lane and Terrance Pierce knocked down a 3 pointer to put the Braves up by one. After Tommy Gates made a 3-point shot Couture sunk a free throw to send the teams into halftime with Mayfield leading 31-30.

The third quarter saw the Panthers take advantage as Fonda-Fultonville struggled to get shots to fall and outscored the Braves 15-9. Mayfield picked up four points from Leach, a 3 pointer from Gates and eight more points from Gifford in the quarter. Couture accounted for six of the Braves points while Araya had a lay-up and Canale added a free throw to make the score 46-39 after three quarters. “I felt like we left a lot of points out there,” coach Wilson said. “We missed some easy shots especially early in the game.”

Fonda-Fultonville coach Eric Wilson, foreground, and Mayfield coach Jon Goodemote keep an eye on the time on the scoreboard during Wednesday's Western Athletic Confernce game at Mayfield High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

After Gifford started the fourth quarter with a basket and a free throw, the Braves showed that they wouldn’t go away easily. Atty and Couture combined to guide Fonda-Fultonville on an eight-point run to get back to within two, 49-47. Delaney stopped the Braves’ run when he hit a 3-pointer with 2:35 left in the game. Atty took a rebound and drove the length of the court to give the Braves another basket but Wasson hit his second 3-pointer of the game to give the Panthers a six-point lead with just under a minute to go. The Braves got one more free throw from Atty but that was all they could manage as time ran out giving the Panthers the win with the score, 55-50.

“That’s a good team. They’re tough,” Wilson stated. “To beat a team like that, you’ve got to make shots and we just didn’t do that tonight. Hats off to them.”

“For us, it was a big win,” Goodemote said. “We just came off of three straight losses, so it was nice to get back on the winning side against a good team.”

The Braves, (6-1 overall, 4-1 WAC) will be on the road again to take on Mekeel Christian on Friday, while Mayfield (5-4 overall, 2-2 WAC) will take on rival Northville in a non-league contest Friday night.

Mayfield 55, Fonda-Fultonville 50

Mayfield's Trevon Gifford puts up a shot over Fonda-Fultonville's Nikolas Couture and John Mancini (15) during Western Athletic Conference action Wednesday at Mayfield High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Fonda-Fultonville 16 14 9 11 — 50

Mayfield 15 16 15 9 — 55

Fonda-Fultonville

Canale 1-1-4, Atty 5-2-14, Araya 2-0-4, Couture 9-5-23, Pierce 1-0-3, DiCaprio 1-0-2. Totals 19-8-50.

Mayfield

Dingman 1-0-2, Delaney 2-0-6, Gates 3-0-9, Leach 3-0-7, Wasson 2-0-6, Gifford 9-6-25. Totals 20-6-55.

3-point goals: Fonda-Fultonville (Atty, Pierce, Canale); Mayfield (Gates 3, Wasson 2, Delaney 2, Leach)

WAC

Schoharie 68, Northville 62

NORTHVILLE — Mitch Barton connected on five 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 30 points to lead Schoharie to a Western Athletic Conference victory over Northville.

The Indians outscored the Falcons 25-13 in the final quarter to rally from a 49-43 deficit.

Jackson VanDerwerken scored 13 points for Schoharie.

Nate Reidell finished with 18 points to lead Northville (1-5 overall, 0-4 WAC), while T.J. Wadsworth had 17 points.

Lucas Jetty added 16 points for the Falcons.

Schoharie 68, Northville 62

Schoharie 15 10 18 25 — 68

Northville 18 19 12 13 — 62

Schoharie

Barton 10-5-30, VanDerwerken 4-2-13, Helmstadt 2-2-7, Simmons 2-0-4, Williams 4-0-8, Alescio 1-2-4, Jankowski 0-2-2. Totals 23-13-68.

Northville

Kalkbrenner 2-1-5, Reidell 5-3-18, Jetty 6-4-16, Wadsworth 6-3-17, Klingbeil 3-0-6. Totals 22-11-62.

3-point goals: Schoharie 9 (Barton 5, VanDerwerken 3, Helmstadt); Northville 7 (Reidell 5, Wadsworth 2).

Fort Plain 64, Canajoharie 55

CANAJOHARIE — Jaxson Yacowenia finished with 25 points to lead Fort Plain to a WAC victory over Canajoharie.

The Hilltoppers outscored the Cougars 36-23 in the second half to rally foam a 32-28 halftime deficit.

Jacob Hisert scored 19 points for Fort Plain (2-4 overall, 1-3 WAC)

Luke VanSlyke finished with 13 points to lead Canajoharie (0-9 overall, 0-4 WAC), while Aidan O’Neil added 10 points.

Fort Plain is slated to travel to Wells on Friday for a non-league game at 6:30 p.m.

Fort Plain 64, Canajoharie 55

Fort Plain 11 17 21 15 — 64

Canajoharie 23 9 15 8 — 55

Fort Plain

Haney 2-0-5, Hisert 4-10-19, Kilmartin 2-0-4, Nare 2-0-4, Norton 1-0-3, Vasquez 1-2-4, Yacowenia 9-6-25. Totals 21-18-64.

Canajoharie

Collins 1-0-3, Hohensheldt 2-3-8, Logan 3-1-7, Nare 2-0-4, O’Neil 5-0-10, Shariff 3-1-7, VanSlyke 5-3-13, Wolfkiel 0-3-3. Totals 21-11-55.

3-point goals: Fort Plain 4 (Haney, Hisert, Norton, Yacowenia); Canajoharie 2 (Collins, Hohensheldt)

Middleburgh 78, Galway 65

GALWAY — Peyton Olsen scored 44 points to lead Middleburgh to a WAC victory over Galway.

The Knights outscored the Golden Eagles 22-2 in the final quarter.

Will Bankston and C.J. Singer each finished with 10 points for Middleburgh (9-2 overall, 4-1 WAC).

Thor White finished with 32 points to lead Galway (3-5 overall, 0-5 WAC), while Tanner Williams added 14 points.

Middleburgh 78, Galway 65

Middleburgh 21 18 17 22 — 78

Galway 23 21 19 2 — 65

Middleburgh

Bankston 4-2-10, Johns 1-0-3, P. Olsen 15-11-44, T. Olsen 4-0-8, Singer 2-5-10, Wood 1-0-3. Totals 27-18-78.

Galway

White 13-2-32, Matthews 2-0-5, Restivo 1-2-4, Sowle 3-1-7, Williams 6-2-14, Malanoski 0-1-1, Hines 1-0-2. Totals 26-8-65.

3-point goals: Middleburgh 6 (P. Olsen 3, Johns, Singer, Wood); Galway 5 (White 4, Matthews).

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