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The Daily News | BOYS HOOPS: Grover’s huge game lifts Perry past Geneseo, 67-63

PERRY — The start of the season has been a little un-Perry-like for the Yellowjackets boys basketball team.

Heading into Tuesday night, Perry was just 1-3 with its lone victory against Pavilion and it was coming off of a 22-point loss to Le Roy last in which the Yellowjackets managed just 30 points. But that may have all started to turn around.

Michael John Grover had a monster double-double with 28 points and 14 rebounds and the Yellowjackets outlasted previously 5-1 Geneseo 67-63.

Mike Hockey added a double-double of his own with 13 points and 10 boards and Carson DeVinney netted 12 points with seven rebounds as Perry moved to 2-3.

“We are learning and this was a game of balanced scoring by all and you can’t say enough about Michael John Grover’s monster game of 28 and 14,” Perry head coach Brian Ellsworth said. “We are learning how to win and I’m excited for the future of what this group will become.”

Geneseo was led by Noah Reilly with 20 points seven rebounds while Danny Kelly added 18 points with five assists. Giovanni Cicoria-Timm added four points and seven assists for the Blue Devils.



Keith Szczepanski led all scorers with 16 points to go with six rebounds and the Fighting Irish shook off a sluggish start to roll past the Raiders to move to .500 on the season at 3-3.

Notre Dame trailed 12-5 midway through the first quarter before it ended the frame on a 9-0 run to take the lead for good; the Fighting Irish then outscored Barker 20-7 in the second quarter to take a commanding 34-19 lead into the break.

Gabe Macdonald had another solid all-around night with 14 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and three steals, while Zach Cocking and Spencer Misiti each connected on four 3-pointers and finished the night with 12 points apiece; Cocking added five rebounds, while Misiti dished out four assists.

Andrew Moore grabbed five rebounds for Notre Dame, which hit nine triples in all on the night and won’t be in action again until the opening round of the Lions Club Tournament against Oakfield-Alabama on December 27.

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Senior Juan Claudio scored a career-high 15 points, hitting on five 3-pointers, as visiting Cal-Mum (6-0) stayed unbeaten with the LCAA D-II victory over Warsaw Tuesday night.

Cal-Mum led 46-20 at the half as Eric Wilson scored all 11 of his points in the first half, while Ethan Pies added eight of his 11 points before the break.

Also for Cal-Mum, Joe Laursen finished with 11 points, while Vinny Molisani added nine points, seven steals, five assists and five boards. Wilson also added five steals, while Pies pulled down eight boards.

For Warsaw, Mike James scored a career-high 17 points and Tom Standera scored 10 points and made three steals. Dmitri Steele added nine points, all coming behind the arc in the first half.

Cal-Mum will play Geneseo Friday at SUNY Geneseo.


Connor Taylor put together a huge all-around night with a game-high 23 points to go with eight assists and five rebounds as the Braves rolled to the win.

Avon led 23-6 after the first quarter and stretched that to 40-14 at the break.

Nick Rowland also had a nice night for the Braves with 20 points and five boards, while Paddy Coyne finished with 10 points and four rebounds and Tyler Dailey chipped in with four points and nine caroms in the win.

Will Shearing hit four 3-pointers and finished with 22 points for the Indians, while Will Bean and Jimmy Cole each netted eight.


Janzel Martinez had a big night with 24 points and Collin Young added 16 and the Blue Devils used a 23-13 fourth-quarter to break open a six-point game in the win.

Dylan Cicero chipped in with 13 points and Cam Regal just missed a double-double with nine points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists as Mt. Morris moved to 3-2.

Colby Tillotson led Pavilion (4-4) with 19 points and five assists, Zach Wiedrich netted 15 points and Ryley Elliott had a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort.

Luke Milligan filled the stat sheet with six points, eight assists, seven steals and six boards for Pavilion.

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The struggles for the short-handed Blue Devils continued as the Knights jumped out to an 18-3 lead after the first quarter en route to the win behind 12 points each from Kevin Ryan and John Luther.

Ben DiGiovanni added 10 points as Sutherland moved to 3-2.

Caeden White hit a trio of 3-pointers and finished with nine points and Andrew Francis added eight for Batavia (0-3).

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