Avoca-Prattsburgh’s Sawyer Devoe drives to the basket on Saturday against Canisteo-Greenwood. Photo by Steve Harrison.
Story and photo gallery by STEVE HARRISON
The weather has been bitter cold out side but the two hottest teams in Steuben County were heating up the gymnasium in Avoca Saturday as the #1 Class D2 in the state rankings hosted Canisteo-Greenwood.
The first game the two matched up was all the Avoca-Prattsburgh could handle as they escaped with a 5-point win.
In a packed house the game started out to be just like the first matchup with neither team able to make any substantial lead in the first half as A-P took a narrow 45-41 lead into the locker room.
The second half was a different story as A-P started to limit the amount of looks at the basket for C-G as they cleaned up the glass and were able to get several steals to start the third period. The A-P lead increased to 60-48 to end the third period.
Canisteo-Greenwood attempted to make a rally in the fourth but with several turn overs and limited shots due to the full court pressure put on by Coach Brian Putnam.
The keys to the win for A-P was clearly the rebounding effort by junior Sawyer Devoe (20 points, 4 assists) with 19 and junior Haden Abbott with 13 rebounds for the game
Sophomore Macoy Putnam had 7 assists and 4 steal to go along with 17 points on the afternoon.
Avoca-Prattsburgh (13-0) was lead by one of the areas most prolific all-around players in Section V as Pacey Hopkins scored 33 points with 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals.
Canisteo was lead by Cole Ferris with 22 and Hunter McCaffery with 18 points respectfully.
AP next will make the trip down I-86 to Campbell-Savona on the 26th and Canisteo-Greenwood host Bolivar-Richburg Monday evening.
Canisteo-Greenwood 20 21 7 8 — 56
Avoca-Prattsburgh 25 19 16 18 — 78
C-G: Mason Boyd 3 0-0 7; Cole Ferris 9 1-2 22; Hunter McCaffrey 7 3-5 18; J.J. Reese 1 0-0 2; Evan Updyke 3 0-0 7. Totals: 23 4-7 56.
A-P: Sawyer Devoe 9 0-0 20; Evan Campbell 1 1-2 3; Macoy Putnam 5 5-9 17; Tucker Gersch 0 0-1 0; Caleb Johnson 1 0-0 2; Hayden Abbott 1 0-0 3; Pacey Hopkins 14 202 23. TOTALS: 31 8-14 78.
3-pointers: C-G 6 (Ferris 3, Boyd, McCaffrey, Updyke). A-P 8 (Hopkins 3, Devoe 2, Putnam 2, Abbott)
Total Fouls: C-G 15, A-P 9. Fouled out: None.