Tags: basketballWest Genesee Moving to Friday’s action, WG faced Nottingham and turned it around, prevailing 63-45 with a defense that took over in the second quarter, limiting the Bulldogs to just three points.All 10 Wildcats that saw action got on the scoreboard, Amica earning 20 points and Kam Jones stepping up with 13 points as Dudzinski had eight poitns and Jack Dalgety had seven points.While all this was going on, WG’s girls, who had roared out to a 4-0 start, dealt with a Baldwinsville side that had won its first two games of the season.With two swarming defenses that liked to press most of the time, every possession was a battle on nearly every inch of the court, with plenty of contact and each side having a difficult time converting, even from close range.The Bees did manage to lead for most of the first half, and did go on a 10-2 run late in the second quarter to secure a 26-18 advantage going to the break.Catie Cunningham helped pull WG back in the third period, scoring eight of her 12 points to help erase B’ville’s margin and tie it, 32-32.But a trio of Bees would decide matters. First, it was Hannah Mimas hitting on a pair of 3-pointers, later adding a basket as eight of her 15 points came in the fourth quarter.Then it was Katie Pascale, who had just two points going into the final period, using a series of drives and successful free throws to convert eight points, while freshman Kyrah Wilbur came off the bench to add four points, including a clinching three-point play with 1:09 left.All told, B’ville outscored the Wildcats 16-3 over the games’ final four minutes. Aside from Cunningham, Meredith James paced WG’s attack, earning eight points.Friday’s game between WG and visiting Nottingham also proved tense, but the Wildcats held off the Bulldogs 58-57.Neither side could get away throughout the evening. WG trailed, 43-40, through three quarters, but fought to a slim lead and withstood a tremendous effort by Nottingham’s duo of Amaya Williams, who had 30 points, and Tayahja Scott, who had 21 points, the pair combining to make 10 3-pointers.Only a career performance from Cunningham saved the Wildcats as she got 32 points, connecting on four 3-pointers. James and Molly Coyne had seven points apiece.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Now the last two state Class AA champions would meet up on the OCC floor Liverpool is using as a home court while its high school gymnasium is getting fully rebuilt.WG held Liverpool to six points in the first quarter, but only netted four of its own Production picked up on both ends, but it was decided in the third quarter, where the Warriors tore through WG’s defenses and outscored them 23-9, a surge from which the Wildcats could not recover.Will Amica, in defeat, still had 18 points, while Adam Dudzinski earned 12 points. John Benson had eight points as, for Liverpool, Jacob Works led with 18 points, with Kyle Caves managing 12 points. In a single Tuesday evening, each of the West Genesee basketball teams received reminders that maintaining their places atop the Section III Class AA ranks won’t prove easy.The boys Wildcats were humbled by Liverpool 67-53 at Onondaga Community College’s Allyn Hall, while on the girls side WG saw visiting Baldwinsville take over in the fourth quarter and beat them 53-40.While WG’s boys were defeating Utica Proctor in its Dec. 7 opener, Liverpool, who had lost to Bishop Ludden the night before, had rebounded by holding off Cicero-North Syracuse.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Up near the Ennis’ home country, there’s a reunion of sorts taking place.Tyler Ennis and his brother Dylan are both playing at First Niagara Center for the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament and on Saturday, when No. 3-seed Syracuse squares off against No. 11-seed Dayton, Ennis will take the floor against Dyshawn Pierre, a fellow Canadian and former CIA Bounce teammate.“It’s a great opportunity. It’s a little bit different playing against guys you know,” Ennis said. “It just shows Canada’s really on the rise.”Ennis and Pierre overlapped for one year with CIA Bounce and played together for one summer with the Canadian national team Cadets.With CIA Bounce, Pierre was playing with the U17 team and Ennis, then a 16-year-old, played up a year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“With his talent he was able to play with us,” Pierre said. “His talent spoke, for sure. We were all about winning, too, and we needed him at times when the older guys weren’t playing well. I think he started over some of the guys.”The two live about 45 minutes apart in Canada, Pierre said, and both live about three hours from Buffalo. Pierre expects to see a largely pro-Orange crowd Saturday, but upstate New York is close enough to Whitby, Ontario, that there will be a contingent of friends and family supporting him.The same is in play for Ennis. His entire family, including Dylan, is in Buffalo to support both SU and Villanova, but it’s also a chance to take in a showcase of good Canadian players.“We have so many players in the Tournament still and playing key players,” Ennis said. “It just shows we have talent.”Ennis has faced off against a slew of Canadian opponents throughout the season — the Orange traveled to Canada for four preseason games during the summer and faced an Olivier Hanlan-led Boston College team twice — but Pierre is one of the few guys he has experience playing with.He hasn’t had much of a chance to see Pierre during this weekend, but when both teams played in the EA Sports Maui Invitational they got to watch some basketball together.Now, while other Canadian stars like Melvin Ejim and Andrew Wiggins play crucial roles elsewhere, Ennis and Pierre collide on the big stage in Buffalo, where they sing the Canadian National Anthem before games, too.Said Ennis: “It goes to show how far Canada has come to have players who are impact players on this level.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 21, 2014 at 4:35 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2