Alex Brasky | @BataviasBest
Wednesday, December 27, 2017 | BataviasBest.org
Tonight, the Batavia Lions Club Boys Basketball Tournament – which has been around since 1982 – will take place at Genesee Community College beginning with Notre Dame vs Elba, then Albion vs Batavia. Here is a brief preview of tonight’s games:
Notre Dame (6-0) vs Elba (5-2) – 6:30 pm
Colton Dillon – Colton is a first-year varsity starter but has come on strong for the Lancers, and has served as the team’s leading-scorer thus far.
Jon Boyce – Jon is the big man in the middle for Elba, and will have plenty to deal with as Notre Dame brings in plenty of size to compliment their supreme guard play.
Collin O’Halloran – Collin hasn’t scored up to his capabilities on many occasions this season, but with his team at 5-2, he has contributed in other ways outside of the scorebook.
Ryan Moffat – Moffat missed the beginning of the season due to an injury, but since returning to the lineup has scored in double-digits in each of the contests in which he has participated.
Nico Zambito – Nico can effect the game both inside, and outside, and will be another tough stop for the Lancers defense.
This is a rematch from an early-season contest which went to the Irish in overtime, by a final score of 74-72 – and that was while ND was without Moffat. In that game, Zambito went off for 26 points for Notre Dame – who used a miraculous effort in order to send the game to the extra session.
Tonight, I expect Elba to be up against an ever tougher task than in Game 1, and for the Irish to once again move forward as the winner.
Notre Dame 68 Elba 64
Albion (1-7) vs Batavia (3-2) – 8:00 pm
Liam Ward – Liam has averaged just over 10 points per game this season, and will likely lead the Purple Eagles in this matchup.
Bryce Pritchard – Bryce comes in posting just under a 10 ppg average, and will bring added athleticism
Steve Gilebarto – Since the departure of Batavia’s leading scorer, Steve has stepped in admirably and provided his team with added offense – which they have desperately needed.
Antwan Odom – Antwan has missed some time this year, but if he hits his stride, he could begin to perform as one of the top-players throughout Section V.
Mason McFollins – Mason missed the first several games for the Blue Devils this year, but in his return last week scored 20 points – including 6 three-pointers.
Batavia has long been the favorite entering the tournament, besides a recent run where University Prep out of Rochester served as the tourney’s champion for two-straight years.
“Winning the tournament is always on top of our players goal list to start the year,” said Batavia head coach Buddy Brasky. “GCC provides a great venue for the tournament and it is always an electric atmosphere. It should be a great tournament.”
In round one, Albion likely won’t present much of a challenge for the Devils, as I expect the home team to walk over the Purple Eagles on their way to the finals.
Batavia 75 Albion 50
Be sure to tune in @BataviasBestHS on Twitter for updates from the action tonight.
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