The Wayland-Cohocton senior night contingent looked like a mass exodus after the Golden Eagles paraded nine senior players and seven senior cheerleaders to mid-court with their parents to recognize for their accomplishments in Wayland-Cohocton athletics.

The Wayland-Cohocton senior night contingent looked like a mass exodus after the Golden Eagles paraded nine senior players and seven senior cheerleaders to mid-court with their parents to recognize for their accomplishments in Wayland-Cohocton athletics.


The celebration continued on the hardwood after the ceremony as the Golden Eagles held onto a tough 49-43 victory over a pesky Wellsville team who kept the heat on the maroon and gold all night long.


“Wellsville is a very well-coached team and they present a lot of problems for you because they have so many weapons and play tough defense,” Wayland-Cohocton coach Bob Skoczylas said. “You can never count them out of any game.”


That point was well-proven on Wednesday night as both teams wrapped up their regular season and Way-Co held leads of eight, 10 and as many as 13 and the Lions came roaring back each time, but could never take the lead down the stretch as the Eagles held on to close their regular campaign with a victory at the Nest.


Wayland-Cohocton opened the game with Evan Englert hitting a pair of buckets. The Eagles extended the lead to 13-5, but Wellsville closed the gap on two consecutive trips down the floor when Kevin Costello and Tom Muska each hit threes and by the end of the period it was 13-11 and the Allegany County crew was right back in the ballgame. The Eagles received a couple of late baskets in the second quarter including Mike Murphy’s deuce with four giving the home team a seven-point lead at the intermission, 24-17.


Tyler Thielges’ dribble-drive along the baseline with two seconds remaining in the third inched Way-Co’s lead to nine heading into the fourth quarter. It looked like Wayland-Cohocton would run away with it when they opened the final quarter with an 8-2 run that put the maroon and gold up 42-39 with 3:24 remaining in the game.


Wait, here come the Lions again — in a little over two minutes, coach Jimmy Insley’s club went on a wild 13-2 spurt that made the score 44-42 with 51 seconds left and it was anybody’s ballgame.


Down the stretch Wayland-Cohocton did what they needed to do to win the game, they hit clutch free throws. Murphy hit 4-4, Englert and Thielges each were 2-2 and Cody Oas also notched one as the Eagles were 9-12 from the charity stripe in the pivotal fourth period to key the win.


On the night Way-Co was 16-20, 80 percent, from the line while Wellsville was 5-12. The home team basically won the battle from the line outscoring the Lions 16-5 from the foul line in the 49-43 final.


Wayland-Cohocton (16-2, 7-1) put three players in double-digits as Thielges scored 15, Englert had 12, and Dean Bembower 10, while Murphy and Oas each had a half-dozen apiece in the season-ending victory.


The Eagles figure to be the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Class BB boys sectional basketball tournament and will have a home game on Saturday, Feb. 25, against probably either Attica or Greece Odyssey at the Nest.


Wayland-Cohocton saluted senior players Englert, Thielges, Oas, Bembower, Cody Lang, Dakota Price, and Alex Stearns along with senior cheerleaders Marki Hough, Keaira Notebaert, Olivia Sulli, Catherine James, Sarah Kirin, Danielle Trautman, Carly Miceli, Maria Davis, and Marissa O’Neal.


Wellsville (12-6) was led by Brady Lewis’ 16 points, while Tom Muska netted nine, Matt Insley finished with seven, Kevin Costello had six, Mackenzie Willson three, and Glen Rifenburg had two. Preliminary indications show Wellsville as being the No. 4 seed also in Class BB and will host fifth-seeded North-Rose Wolcott on Feb. 25.