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Robb Delisanti APG/American Portfolios Saturday Boys’ Basketball Wrap: Holly erupts for 41 including buzzer

May 30, 2023

February 12, 2023 by Paul Gotham Leave a Comment

NORTHEAST (7-11) 68WILSON MAGNET (4-14) 55Christon Wester logged his second double-double in three games to lead Northeast. Wester finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three. The junior guard scored six points in the second quarter when the Panthers grabbed a seven-point advantage heading into halftime. Semaj Rhynes-Hall and Monty Velletri accounted for six apiece in the third quarter when Northeast took a commanding 49-34 advantage. Rhynes-Hall and Velletri both finished with 11 points in the win. Rhynes-Hall also grabbed six rebounds. Loren Thomas scored 11 points as well. Kanaz Linder (5), Nah’zear Beales (3), Mikell Timmons (3) and Rakear Knowles (2) rounded out the scoring for Northeast. Lemar Rhone paced Wilson with 19 points. Kendrick Moxley and DaSiah White added 10 apiece. Jaylen Hardeman (9), Divine Calloway (2), Mike Wiggins (2), Brandon Davis (2) and SHarrod Jiles (1) also scored for the Wildcats.

EAST HIGH (15-2) 101PARK SCHOOL (VI) 45Quentin Gordon-Smith led four in double figures with 21 points, and East topped the century mark for the second time this season. Gordon-Smith connected eight times from the floor including three 3-pointers to lead the offense. Zymier Jackson added 17 points while Zion Parson had 16. Micah Johnson chipped in 13 for the Eagles who have won 10 straight. Kesean Leonard and Kollin McCullough both had eight points. Sulayman Aden (6), Kani McNeil (4), Kemel White (3) and Nigel Copeland (2) rounded out the scoring for East which led 42-27 at halftime. Jarrell Green led Park with 19 points.

FAIRPORT (10-9) 50HILTON (6-12) 49Zac Ditzel finished with 11 points including the game winner as Fairport won its second straight and swept the regular season series from its Monroe County Division I foe. Ditzel hit a runner in the lane with two seconds left in regulation to lift the Red Raiders. Wallace Rahmaan led the Fairport offense with 16 points while LaShard Lowery added 14. Aidan White accounted for nine points in the win. Brady Gerig led the Hilton offense with 15 points. Johnny Bianchi scored nine. Mac Emrich and Ben Sneddon had eight points apiece. Michael Whelehan (3), Luke Simonelli (2), Timmy Graziano (2) and Ben Cronk (2) also scored for the Cadets.

AQUINAS (12-6) 55LYONS (17-1) 72JC Walker finished with 20 points and 20 rebounds to lead Lyons to its eighth straight win. Walker scored nine in the first quarter and added four in the second as the Lions opened a double-digit lead at 32-22 going into halftime. Jamire Johnson accounted for eight of his 18 points in the second quarter. Johnson also grabbed 11 rebounds in the win. Michael Briggs had 11 points and eight assists. Jacob Sides collected 13 points and six rebounds. Devyn Williams (4), Jaheim Morris (3) and Dezmen Bell (1) rounded out the scoring for Lyons. Mykel White scored 19 points to pace the Aquinas offense. Chris Leysath had 15 points. Jayon Alexander (9), CJ Azor (7), Mackie Terry (3) and Micah Anderson (2) also scored for Aquinas.

EUGENIO MARIA de HOSTOS CHARTER SCHOOL (3-15) 67BYRON-BERGEN (16-2) 85David Brumsted and Braedyn Chambry combined for 41 points to lead Byron-Bergen to its fifth straight win and seven in the past eight. Chambry finished with 21 points, five rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal. Brumsted had 20 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. Ryan Muscarella accounted for 15 points, three assists, three rebounds and two steals in the win while Gianni Ferrara eight points, eight rebounds and four assists. Brendan Pimm (6), Brody Baubie (4), Alec Kulikowski (4), Carter Prinzi (2), Frank Hersom (2), Colin Martin (2) and Matt Tanner (1) rounded out the scoring for the Bees.

UTICA PROCTOR (III) 48UPREP (5-11) 54Chris Powell finished with 28 points, nine rebounds and three steals to lead UPrep. Alex Webb had six points and 14 rebounds for the Griffins.


Le ROY (10-9) 81GENESEO (15-3) 74 3OTMerritt Holly, Jr., who earlier in the week scored the 1,000th point of his career, poured in 41 including a 3-pointer at the end of regulation as Le Roy won for the third time in four games. Holly connected on 14-of-27 shots from the floor including 2-of-3 from behind the 3-point arc. Teammate Andrew Pocock threw a three-quarter court pass with 1.5 seconds remaining in regulation that Holly caught and connected to tie the game. Holly scored nine points in the fourth quarter to help force extra time. He grabbed 14 rebounds and collected two assists along with two blocks. Trailing 74-73 in the third overtime, Pocock hit a triple for the go-ahead bucket. Pocock finished with 15 points, seven assists and eight rebounds. Pocock’s jumper at the end of the second overtime tied the game. Jean Agosto grabbed 11 rebounds to go with nine points. Agosto added an insurance basket in the third overtime. Aaric Luce (7), Jake Higgins (4), Parker Dowell (3) and Cal Koukides (2) rounded out the scoring for the Oatkan Knights.

Ethan Bennett led Geneseo with 29 points. Twice Bennett looked to have the game winner, once at the end of regulation when he scored on a drive and then added a pair of free throws on the next possession. Bennett also gave Geneseo 70-68 lead with 4.5 seconds remaining in the second overtime. Ryan Whitney had 19 points and 10 rebounds. Kellen O’Brien had six points, six rebounds and four assists. Owne McDonal (8), Lyndon Bailey (5), Oren Ray (4) and Eghosa Okpefe (3) also scored for the Blue Devils.

Merritt Holly Jr. with a buzzer beater to send the Knights into OT! What a thriller out at Geneseo today with a triple OT victory!@espn @PrimetimeBall_ @alexbrasky

— Le Roy Central School District (@LeRoy_CSD) February 11, 2023

EAST ROCHESTER (12-7) 58GANANDA (10-8) 65Miles Caviness converted 7-of-8 free throws in the fourth quarter and was one of four in double figures as Gananda avenged an earlier loss with its third straight win. Caviness connected on a pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter when Gananda jumped out to a 23-8 lead. Cohyn Reisman hit five triples in the game and led the Gananda offense with 18 points. Cooper Grassel scored 13, and Isaiah Espaillot had 10 in the win. Owen Switzer (5) and Aiden Giancursio (3) rounded out the scoring for the Blue Panthers. East Rochester’s Shamar Irving led all scorers with 27. The senior forward netted 12 in the third quarter when ER made it a three-point game at 47-44. Teddy Emmings scored 11 for the Bombers. Aidan Graves (7), Sam Tanner (4), Judah Tanner (3), Marlo Henry (2), Matt Michalski (2) and Jordan Nunn (2) also scored for ER. The Bombers took a 69-44 decision when the Wayne County foes met in early January.

ATTICA (8-11) 47WHEATLAND-CHILI (13-6) 70


ADDISON (6-13) 38AVOCA/PRATTSBURGH (17-2) 89Haden Abbott scored 16 of his game-high 23 points in the first half when Avoca/Prattsburgh opened a 22-point lead on its way to an eighth straight victory. Abbott connected four times from behind the 3-point arc in the first 16 minutes of play. The senior forward also grabbed six rebounds and handed out five assists in the A/P’s 17th double-digit win of the season. Evan Campbell contributed 18 of his 20 points in the first half while Macoy Putnam had 13 points, nine assists and seven steals . Sawyer Devoe finished with 11 points, 13 rebounds and four steals. Jamie Reagan had four points and seven rebounds. Jamel Crowder (8), Collin Hammond (5), Dayton Putnam (4) and Josiah Stison (1) rounded out the scoring for A/P. Brady Wheat craft led Addison with 16 points. Jacopo Vimini (6), Colt Crooker (5), Zane Harageones (4), Jackson Nichols (3), Elijah Scriber (2) and Zane Wheeler (2) also scored for the Knights.

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