By Chris Metcalf for the Hornell Sun.com
WAYLAND – Dansville’s defense came to play as the Mustangs held Marcus Whitman to 14 first-half points en route to their 40-37 victory over Marcus Whitman at the Wayland Showcase Saturday in the opener for both teams.
Dansville led 23-14 at the half.
Dansville (1-0) was led offensively by Collin Gray with 13 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals while Reid Martin added eight points and three boards. Ethan Canfield chipped in with six points, four rebounds and two dimes while Dawson Wadsworth stuffed the stat sheet with five points, five assists, and four rebounds earning post-game player of the game accolades.
Tyler Harris also chipped in five points with three steals while Aazan Sohail and Nate Gardner each dropped in a deuce.
“Defensively, I was happy with our anticipation and execution,” Dansville head coach Dave Moodie said. “A lot of praise for Marcus Whitman. They were physical and played with great effort. Winning is not easy. We will enjoy this win and look to improve. We have a lot of potential and will hopefully reach it as the season progresses. A special thanks to Jim Burke and the Wayland-Cohocton staff for including the Mustangs in this year’s showcase.”
The Mustangs will host Pavilion Tuesday night.
Brody Royston and Tariku Blueye each scored nine for Marcus Whitman.
Batavia Notre Dame 70, Geneseo 55
WAYLAND – Notre Dame head coach Mikey Rapone’s first game was a memorable one as the Fighting Irish put on a shooting display that had Geneseo on their heels most of the night during ND’s impressive 70-55 victory over the Blue Devils at the Wayland Sports Boosters Showcase Saturday.
Jordan Welker pumped in a game-high 28 points, including hitting five, 3-pointers, to earn player of the game honors. He also doled out seven assists for Notre Dame, who led 21-11 after one and 31-27 at the half.
RyanFitzpatrick also had a big game with 14 points and eight rebounds. He hit four, 3-pointers.Also for ND, JadenSherwood added 12 points hitting on three, 3-pointers.
Sherwood came outafter halftime and hit a three to start the third quarter and from there ND pushed the lead back out to 55-39 heading into the fourth.
“We were able to dictate the pace of the game for most of the game,” Rapone said. “Jordan did a great job of controlling the tempo. Sherwood and Fitzpatrick made the most of their open looks. All the guys who got in the game battled inside as we were considerably undersized.”For Geneseo (1-1), Ryan Whitney led the way with 20 points.
Notre Dame plays Barker on Tuesday and Lyndonville Wednesday.