BATAVIA — The Batavia boys improved to 4-0 with a 62-51 win over the Greece Olympia Spartans on Tuesday night.
In the first of three meetings between the two teams this season, Zach Gilebarto led the Blue Devils with 22 points, including a perfect 8-of-8 night from the free-throw line. Stone Siverling finished a perfect 5-of-5 from the charity stripe and recorded a total of 19 points, while fellow senior Faraz Idrees made 3-of-4 free throws down the stretch to help Batavia seal the 11-point win on ‘Senior Night.
The Blue Devils led by five at halftime but broke the game open during the third quarter when they outscored Olympia 18-6.
“Ayden McFollins brought the defensive intensity in that quarter and helped fuel the run,” said Batavia head coach Buddy Brasky.
Late in the game, after taking a double-digit lead into the fourth, Batavia allowed the Spartans to climb back into things as Olympia’s pressure defense caused problems for the Blue Devils. With less than two minutes to go, Olympia cut their deficit to seven before Batavia put the game away with free throws.
“We need to handle pressure better,” said Brasky. “Olympia upped their pressure, and we didn’t handle it very well. All in all, it was a solid win, but still, some things to work on.”
Alex Hale added 12 points for Batavia. For the Spartans, Nate Miller III dropped 18 points, including three three-pointers, and Tamar Roundtree added 15 points. Darrell Williams chipped in 12 points and went 5-of-6 from the free-throw line.
“We are pleased to be 4-0,” said Brasky.
Batavia looks ahead to another matchup with Olympia on the road on Saturday at 2:15 p.m. The Spartans are now 0-2.
MEDINA 49 AKRON 44
The Mustangs rode a tremendous third quarter to a five-point win over the Tigers. Leading 17-16 in a low-scoring game at the half, Medina dropped 15 points in the third to take an 11-point lead and salted things away down the stretch.
Tyler Chinn led the way with 16 points, while Brian Fry scored 12 points, Joe Cecchini added nine and Jarin Rhim scored eight in an all-around effort from the Mustangs.
Medina is now 2-0 and will host Albion on Friday.