By CHRIS BROOKS, sports editor, wellsvillesports.com
ATTICA — He was a major piece that helped electrify what was an incredible and outstanding championship run through Sectionals for the Wellsville Lions, last season in what was Raymie Auman’s final season on the sidelines.
Now entering his final season in black and orange colors on the hardwood, Logan Dunbar has begun the process of picking up where he left off. Wednesday night, the senior took control of the team’s inside game and put on a dominant show along the way, racking up 26 game-high points while the Lions executed a flawless start to propel themselves towards a 51-38 win over Alexander in opening round tournament action in Attica.
The win would become the first for the program’s new face on the sidelines — Tom Muska.
“I’d say I’m very lucky to have some strong, veteran leaders back to give us another season. They have set the tone for us as a program, and everyone else alongside them have followed along,” Muska said. “Logan is our leader on and off the court, and we are better when he’s communicating to his teammates. The kid is a match-up nightmare for other teams, and Alexander didn’t really find an answer for him because of his skill and size.”
While Dunbar ignited the Wellsville (1-0) offense to big things, his efforts would assist the team in a humongous start against the Trojans in an opening eight-minute period that ultimately set the tone for the remainder of the evening. They would storm off on an 18-2 jaunt to establish their lead, ultimately never looking back on it, as both teams recorded near-even exchanges from the second quarter on to keep the Lions lead fortified.
Following Dunbar on the scoresheet was Cody Costello, who drained a pair of three-pointers on his way towards a 14-point effort. Aidan Riley helped the cause with five more points of his own.
The Lions are now off until Saturday night, when they return to Attica to partake in title game festivities beginning with a 7 p.m. tip-off, where they will face either Letchworth or the host Blue Devils.
Wellsville 18 14 10 9 – 51
Alexander 2 12 16 8 – 38
WELLSVILLE: Cody Costello 6 0-0 14, Aidan Riley 1 2-4 5, Asher Billings 1 0-0 2, Logan Dunbar 11 4-6 26, JJ Howard 2 0-0 4. Totals: 21 6-10 51.
ALEXANDER: Jacob Brooks 0 3-6 3, Trent Woods 4 2-5 12, Paul Schmitt 0 2-2 2, Jaden Snyder 1 4-4 6, Dylan Pohl 7 1-1 15. Totals: 12 12-18 38.
3-point goals: Wellsville 3 (Costello 2, Riley), Alexander 2 (Woods).
Total Fouls: Wellsville 20, Alexander 10. Fouled out: Riley (WLSV).