BREAKAWAY — West Valley’s Dylan Westfall is pictured, attempting a layup during the game against North Collins on Dec. 17. Photos by Dave DeLuca.
WEST VALLEY — The West Valley Central School boys varsity basketball team traveled to Clymer looking to get its first win of the season.
That quest had to wait, as West Valley fell to 0 – 5 and 0 – 3 in league play, after a 56 – 28 defeat at the hands of the host Clymer Pirates. Clymer football and basketball player Dan Litcus, who stands at 6 feet, 3 inches, scored 17 points and blocked 5 shots, during his team’s win.
“We played slow and lethargic and just didn’t come out ready to play,” said Coach Jason Kearney. “Every aspect of our game was poor.”
The Wildcats trailed 13 – 7, after the first quarter, until Clymer went on a 39 – 8 run, through the second and third quarters, to take a 52 – 15 lead, entering the fourth.
OVER THE COMPETITION — West Valley varsity basketball player Colton Myers rises and fires, during a game against North Collins on Dec. 17.
If only the game’s first and fourth quarters would have been played, the Wildcats would have racked up a 20 – 17 win.
As with other games this season, the Wildcats were held scoreless, during the third quarter. Pacing the Wildcats was Colton Myers, who had 14 points and eight steals.
Mike Nowak came off the bench and scored 9 points, while Mike Grigsby chipped in 5 points and eight rebounds.
Jake Wiggers was the second-leading scorer, behind Litcus for the Pirates, scoring 11 points.
The Wildcats headed to Springville, during the winter break, to compete in the Emerling Ford Holiday Tournament. on Dec. 27.
“I don’t know what to expect out of our team, for the tournament,” Kearney said.
“If we play good, hard-discipline basketball like we know we can, it should be a good, fun tournament,” he added.
“But we are making a lot of mistakes and need to improve on a lot of things, if we want to perform well at the tournament.”