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November 1, 2012

Phil Guiga sends Tonawanda to B2 Finals


Tonawanda News — Five minutes into the game, Tonawanda keeper Jesse Bortz suffered a head injury after taking a foot to the face that put him on the turf for several minutes before he was able to walk off on his own power. Holler was inserted in goal, becoming the third player this season to play between the pipes for the Warriors (regular season starter Cory Compeau will miss the rest of the season with a broken hand).

Bortz showed a lot of toughness by re-entering the game 10 minutes later and stopped every Southwestern shot the rest of the way.

"Jesse played his butt of for us and made a couple key stops," Gabor said. "He's been banged up, left and right, and he's still out there competing."

The three-some of Holler, Guiga and senior Jake Choate have been the offensive workhorses for the Warriors this season. Because of the chemistry between them, they're able to recognize who is playing well on any given night and feed him the ball.

Gabor said he's been most impressed with the group's unselfishness.

"Those three kids work well off each other," Gabor said. "There's no 'me first,' as long as plays are being made it doesn't matter who's scoring. That's the best thing and you know one of those three guys is going to put the ball away for you ... Those are the three guys that we look to to get things going and create things, make things happen. Lucky for us if it's not one it's another there to make something happen."

The Warriors now face No. 4 seed Akronat 3 p.m. Saturday at All High Stadium after the Tigers knocked off No. 1 seed Lackawanna in double overtime last night. 

Contact Sports Editor Matt Parrino at 693-1000 ext. 4117 and find Tonawanda News sports on Twitter @tonanewssports.

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