BY CHRIS BROOKS, managing editor, wellsvillesports.com
CANISTEO — Things were a bit different between Wellsville and Canisteo-Greenwood this time around on a Saturday afternoon in the Canisteo Valley.
After a 69-38 win that went the Lions way just over a week ago, the host Redskins came right back with a big swing in the first half that gave them the lead to control going forward. But in return, Wellsville would show a tremendous amount of resiliency to shake it off with a strong second half debut to tie the game.
The third quarter gave the Lions the balance of power back again going into the last eight minutes, where they would go ahead and survive a back and forth duel with Canisteo-Greenwood, posting their largest frame of offense along the way to eclipse the 10-win mark for the season in a 52-47 edging to sweep the season series with the Redskins.
Canisteo-Greenwood started the day red hot from the field in the opening quarter, catching Wellsville (10-4) off balance with Cole Chaffee’s inside game pacing the way, along with a trio of three-pointers — two from Thomas Sirianni and one from Aiden Stewart, allowing them to capitalize on a strong 18-9 lead.
The defenses would then buckle down to close out the half, as the Lions cut away at the deficit behind solid contributions by Logan Dunbar, Cody Costello and JJ Howard, with Costello knocking down his first of three triples.
Down 24-17 heading into the second half, Wellsville would overcome a slow start to bring several pieces of the puzzle together in the third quarter, recording a 16-9 run that saw another balanced attack come into full fruition, tying the game at 33 going into the last eight minute period.,
In it, Costello and Asher Billings, along with the team’s defensive stalwart in Aidan Riley took charge of the team’s offense, with Costello and Billings each knocking down crucial three-pointers to go with Riley’s four fourth quarter points to keep the momentum swaying in their favor, ultimately holding off Canisteo-Greenwood in the long run with the victory over the road.
Costello would lead all Lions scorers with a team-high 17 points. Dunbar was not far behind, tallying 14 points of his own, while Billings finished with eight points.
Wellsville is back on the floor over the road once more on Tuesday, as they prepare for a massive visit to The Swamp off to the west, taking on host Allegany-Limestone at 7 p.m.
Wellsville 9 8 16 19 – 52
Canisteo-Greenwood 18 6 9 14 – 47
WELLSVILLE: Cody Costello 6 2-6 17, Aidan Riley 2 0-2 4, Asher Billings 3 0-0 8, JJ Howard 2 3-4 7, Logan Dunbar 5 4-9 14, Alex Green 1 0-0 2. Totals: 19 9-21 52.
CANISTEO-GREENWOOD: Aiden Stewart 3 0-0 7, Thomas Sirianni 3 1-1 9, Carson Chaffee 7 4-4 19, JJ Reese 3 0-0 7, Sage Klees 2 0-0 4, Noah Warriner 0 1-2 1. Totals: 18 6-7 47.
3-point goals: Wellsville 5 (Costello 3, Billings 2), C-G 5 (Sirianni 2, Stewart, Chaffee, Reese).
Total Fouls: Wellsville 10, C-G 17. Fouled out: Stewart (C-G).