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The Dansville Online
  • Way-Co Eagles tame Lions to claim BB title

  • Revenge may not have been on the minds of some of the Wayland-Cohocton athletes on Sunday at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester after Wellsville denied the Golden Eagles were a fall football title by mere inches, but it may have been a motivating factor as Way-Co defeated the Lions 44-38 and secured the Eagles’ first boys’ basketball sectional title since 1995.

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  • Revenge may not have been on the minds of some of the Wayland-Cohocton athletes on Sunday at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester after Wellsville denied the Golden Eagles were a fall football title by mere inches, but it may have been a motivating factor as Way-Co defeated the Lions 44-38 and secured the Eagles’ first boys’ basketball sectional title since 1995.
    The game was Section V’s odd game out that couldn’t be squeezed into the War Memorial due to a full docket on Saturday. The two teams had met twice previously with Wayland-Cohocton coming from behind in Wellsville early in the season. A few weeks ago, the Golden Eagles escaped a Wellsville loss in the final minute. This time around, coaches and players knew how hard it is to win three in a row.
    “Wellsville’s a great team and Jimmy Insley is an outstanding coach,” Way-Co Coach Bob Skoczylas said. “We had trouble beating them my first few years here and we managed to get them twice this year. Those two don’t matter anymore — it was today’s game that really counted. Our kids stepped up and again we had some great leadership that took control for us on the floor. These guys came through again with a huge win.”
    The lead flip-flopped in the opening period as Matt Insley’s three-pointer put the Allegany County club up 7-2, but the LCAA Division 1 champion Eagles battled back to take a brief lead before Wellsville tied it at 12-12 at the end of the first.
    Way-Co put on a short run in the second as Tyler Thielges, Evan Englert and Mike Murphy had multiple baskets to forge a seven-point lead at 21-14 with 3:30 minutes left in the half. The Eagles pumped the lead up to nine when Thielges hit an old-fashioned two-plus-one play, making it 28-19. But Wellsville’s Insley gave his club a boost as they entered the locker room with a three-point buzzer-beater that made it 28-22 contest at intermission.
    Wellsville played off that momentum to score the first eight points of the third quarter to complete an 11-0 run to take at 30-28 lead with about five minutes left in the third quarter. Cody Oas, Thielges and Murphy got things going again for the Golden Eagles with a 12-0 run to take a 40-30 lead early in the fourth.
    With history playing out, the Lions were about to roar again. Wellsville got to the foul line a couple times and scored four points with the clock stopped, narrowing the gap to six points. Insley’s bucket with 1:18 left in the game shaved it to a handful, but that’s as close as the Lions team would get. Wayland-Cohocton went 5-8 on free throws down the stretch as Thielges, Murphy and Englert helped extend the lead to a 44-38 victory and a Section V title.
    Page 2 of 2 - Wayland-Cohocton (19-2) put a trio of players in double figures as  Murphy and Tyler Thielges each netted 13, while Englert had 12 points and three steals. Dean Bembower finished with four points and eight boards while Oas had two in the win that saw the Eagles go 9-13 from the stripe.
    “I couldn’t be more proud of these guys,” Skoczylas said. “This group of athletes have been on the doorstep of a sectional title four times in various sports in the past couple of years and we finally got it. They’ve continued to work hard and believed in themselves. There were some people who doubted us. We started the year at 3-2, but since then we’ve won 16 in a row ... so that put those thoughts to rest rather quickly. These guys really deserve it. We as coaches are so happy for them and the community.”
    Wellsville (14-7) saw Insley lead the way with 23 markers in the season-ending setback.
    Skoczylas picked up a pair of coaching awards, while Mike Murphy grabbed the sportsmanship award. The all-tournament team for Class BB was also announced comprising Hornell’s Dominic Scavo; Wellsville’s Insley, Kurtis York and Brady Lewis; Wayland-Cohocton’s Thielges and Bembower were named, while Englert was selected the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

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