BELMONT — It was undoubtedly a tough day for the Genesee Valley basketball programs.
Playing at home as the higher seeds, both the boys and girls teams were upset on their own floor in back-to-back Section 5 quarterfinal matchups Saturday. The girls were ousted by Romulus, 60-54, in overtime while the third-seeded boys dropped a 74-66 decision to No. 6 Honeoye a couple of hours later in Class D1.
In the second game, GV climbed back from 10-point first quarter-hole to make it a one-possession game in the fourth quarter, but ultimately fell short. Cody Schneider had a big double-double of 18 points and 18 rebounds in a losing outcome.
“The first quarter, we did nothing right. Take away the first quarter and we win the game,” said GV coach Lintz Bliven, whose team outscored Honeoye 54-52 the rest of the way. “(Honeoye) was just aggressive. They play physical, hard. A couple of kids that usually score struggled tonight. It wasn’t a good shooting night.
“Cody kept us in it. He played his heart out.”
In addition to the rough start, the Jaguars had a difficult time stopping Jon Marble, who went for 35 points. The Bulldogs also held a sizable edge in free throw shooting, making 18-of-22 to GV’s 6-of-8 effort.
Genesee Valley was whistled for 17 fouls to the Bulldogs’ nine.
“We weren’t moving our feet very well,” Bliven said. “They take it to the basket hard. That’s when we fouled them. We had a good year, it just wasn’t our night.”
Noah Windus racked up 25 points while Josh McGuire added 12 for the Jaguars, who finish the season at 17-6.
Clyde-Savannah 96, Fillmore 34
CLYDE — Eighth-seeded Fillmore fell to No. 1 Clyde-Savannah (18-4) to see its season end at 11-11. No further information was made available to the Times Herald.
SECTION 5 TOURNAMENT
CLASS B QUARTERFINALS
Mynderse 59, Wellsville 50
SENECA FALLS — No. 8 Wellsville stuck with No. 1 Mynderse through halftime, tied 27-27, but a slow start to the second half ultimately doomed the Lions’ upset bid.
Joe Tronetti led Wellsville with 21 points. Aiden Cook added 14 points and seven rebounds and Colin Cook had eight boards.
“I actually thought we played a great first half,” coach Raymie Auman said. “We came out and did what we wanted to do, played pretty good defense, but we we missed some shots that could have gone in. But tied up at Mynderse, the No. 1 seed, I was ok with that. (Coming out of halftime) we didn’t score until there were three minutes left in the third. That was really what killed us. They moved it up to another level and we didn’t meet that level.
“They got a lot of offensive rebounds and that is what hurt us all night. We were getting good shots, but we weren’t finishing it with a rebound.”
Kellen Caraher led Mynderse (19-3) with 27 and Devin Anderson had 10.
With the quarterfinal loss, the Lions end the season 13-9.
“We played an extremely tough schedule and faced a lot of adversity,” Auman noted. “I thought our team really progressed throughout the season and we grew up a bit. Ultimately we underachieved a bit this year.
“It wasn’t a bad year and i’m proud of how we developed, but we’ve got to get back to the drawing board and reset things going into next year. We have a lot coming back and a lot to work on.”
GFLCAA TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP
New Life Christian 60, Syracuse Wolfpack 56
BREESPORT — No. 1 seed New Life Christian (20-2) won the Greater Finger Lakes Christian Athletic Association title after rallying from a 27-23 halftime deficit.
The winners put up 26 points in the third quarter to bring a 10-point lead into the fourth. Dawit Hutter poured in 26 points, and Gabriel Lucena totaled 23 points and nine steals. Dawit and Timothy Hutter had 13 rebounds and four steals apiece.
Nick Peterson and Danny Grainger had 12 points each for the Syracuse Wolfpack.
“Gabe forced a lot of turnovers guarding the ball, which we turned into transition points,” NLC coach James Hutter said. “Dawit and the rest did a great job on Peterson, who’s at least 6-foot-6.”
New Life took third in the tournament a year ago.
“This was a great victory. It’s a very good team,” Hutter said. “Gabe and Dawit were outstanding, but it was a proverbial team effort.”