Tonawanda News — “If you want to win ballgames, the formula to do it is no big secret,” Bulldogs head coach Jay Robbins said. “You can’t turn the ball over, you have to have good ball movement and you have to be able to make your free throws. All of those things, you can control. We didn’t do well in any of those categories today, and we dug ourselves too big of a hole that we couldn’t climb out of.”
The Bulldogs’ defense was the biggest reason why the game stayed so close through the first two quarters. Playing a 3-2 zone defense, the Bulldogs attempted to take away the Panthers’ perimeter shooting, which had much success in the first quarter.
“Truth be told, we probably should have used a timeout a little bit sooner because their zone defense was bothering our guys because it was taking away from our strengths,” Martin said. “I thought we did a pretty good job in the second half of adjusting to their strategy and figuring out a way to score. Good thing we did, too, because who knows what would have happened if we didn’t solve their defense.”
Tonawanda 60, Olmstead 41
Tristan Boling scored 32 points and Ben Stich had a double-double, scoring 16 and adding 10 steals for the Warriors (4-4) in the consolation game of the West Seneca West Christmas Tournament. Connor Pumm had a big day on the glass, grabbing 15 rebounds to go with eight points. Stich was voted to the All-Tournament team.
St. Joe’s 65, Cheektowaga 59
The Marauders could muster only two points in the second quarter but then exploded for 24 in the final quarter, pulling out a 65-59 win over Cheektowaga at the St. Joe’s Tournament on Friday.
Justin Hollins led St. Joe’s with 20 points, including two successful 3-point shots. Justin Jones had 16 points.