Lions Tournament https://www.thebatavian.com/ en https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png Lions Tournament https://www.thebatavian.com/ Local Matters © 2008-2023 The Batavian. All Rights Reserved. Wed, 17 Jul 2024 09:19:52 -0400 https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png Wed, 27 Dec 2023 22:37:00 -0500 Batavia defeats Le Roy, 68-62, to reach Lions' Large School championship game; Holly nets 37 for Knights https://www.thebatavian.com/mikepett/batavia-defeats-le-roy-68-62-to-reach-lions-large-school-championship-game-holly-nets-37
Batavia's Justin Smith and LeRoy's Jean Agosto scrapping for the ball .   Photo by Steve Ognibene
Batavia's Justin Smith and LeRoy's Jean Agosto scrapping for the ball .   Photo by Steve Ognibene

Junior forward Justin Smith scored 10 of his team-high 20 points in the fourth quarter and Batavia withstood a 37-point barrage by Le Roy’s Merritt Holly Jr. tonight to advance to the championship game of 42nd annual Batavia Lions Club Pete Arras Memorial Basketball Tournament.

Coach Buddy Brasky’s Blue Devils turned back the Oatkan Knights, 68-62, at Genesee Community College, and now will take on Attica for the Large School bracket crown at 8:15 p.m. Friday at GCC.

Le Roy will face Royalton-Hartland in the consolation game at 3 p.m., also at GCC.

Holly, a 6-foot-6 senior forward, scored 11 points in the first quarter for Le Roy, now 4-2, but Batavia countered with long-range shooting from Cruze Rapone (two three-pointers), Joey Marranco and Carter Mullen (each with a three-point shot) as the teams played to a 20-20 tie.

Three more three-point shots – from Rapone, Marranco and Lovett – sparked the Blue Devils to a 15-9 edge in the second quarter as they held Holly to two points.

Batavia outscored the Knights, 13-12, in the third quarter, with Rapone and Mullen connecting from beyond the arc to offset Holly’s 10 points.

Holly scored 13 of Le Roy’s 21 points in the fourth quarter but it wasn’t enough as Smith came through with four shots from the field and a couple free throws and Mullen and Mazur sank foul shots down the stretch to keep Le Roy at arm's length.

Mullen and Rapone tallied 14 and 12 points, respectively, for Batavia, now 3-3, while Adam Woodworth scored 10 points and Jean Agosto eight for Le Roy. Holly grabbed 13 rebounds to go with his 37 points.

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Photos by Steve Ognibene

BATAVIA LIONS CLUB
BOYS’ BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
GENESEE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
VARSITY
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 27
Large School Bracket
Attica 67, Roy-Hart 55
Batavia 68, Le Roy 62
Small School Bracket
Alexander 52, Oakfield-Alabama 35
Notre Dame 63, Elba 31
FRIDAY, DEC. 29
3 p.m. -- Large School consolation game – Roy-Hart vs. Le Roy
4:45 p.m. -- Small School consolation game – Elba vs. Oakfield-Alabama
6:30 p.m. -- Small School championship game – Alexander vs. Notre Dame
8:15 p.m. -- Large School championship game – Attica vs. Batavia
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JUNIOR VARSITY
FRIDAY, DEC. 29
1:30 p.m. -- Small School championship game -- Alexander at Notre Dame
1:30 p.m. -- Large School championship game -- Attica at Batavia

Carter Mullen driving to the hoop for two points.  Photo by Steve Ognibene
Carter Mullen driving to the hoop for two points.  Photo by Steve Ognibene
LeRoy's #30 Merritt Holly scored 37 points for the Knights.  Photo by Steve Ognibene
LeRoy's #30 Merritt Holly scored 37 points for the Knights.  Photo by Steve Ognibene
Race to the basket.  Photo by Steve Ognibene
LeRoy #2 Tommy Condidorio going to the paint.  Photo by Steve Ognibene
Batavia boxing out LeRoy, looking for the rebound.  Photo by Steve Ognibene
Batavia boxing out LeRoy, looking for the rebound.  Photo by Steve Ognibene
Cruze Rapone prepares a pass towards the hoop.  Photo by Steve Ognibene
Cruze Rapone prepares a pass towards the hoop.  Photo by Steve Ognibene
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https://www.thebatavian.com/mikepett/batavia-defeats-le-roy-68-62-to-reach-lions-large-school-championship-game-holly-nets-37#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/mikepett/batavia-defeats-le-roy-68-62-to-reach-lions-large-school-championship-game-holly-nets-37 Dec 27, 2023, 10:37pm Lions Tournament Batavia defeats Le Roy, 68-62, to reach Lions' Large School championship game; Holly nets 37 for Knights mikepett <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="Batavia's Justin Smith and LeRoy's Jean Agosto scrapping for the ball . Photo by Steve Ognibene" class="image-style-large" height="1200" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-12/a76y6332.jpg?itok=pyzlx07a" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption>Batavia's Justin Smith and LeRoy's Jean Agosto scrapping for the ball . &nbsp; Photo by Steve Ognibene</figcaption> </figure> <p>Junior forward Justin Smith scored 10 of his team-high 20 points in the fourth quarter and Batavia withstood a 37-point barrage by Le Roy’s Merritt Holly Jr. tonight to advance to the championship game of 42<sup>nd</sup> annual Batavia Lions Club Pete Arras Memorial Basketball Tournament.</p><p>Coach Buddy Brasky’s</p>
Batavia pulls away from Le Roy in Lions Tournament finale https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/batavia-pulls-away-from-le-roy-in-lions-tournament-finale/625728

Once Batavia was able to slow down Merritt Holly, Jr. in the fourth quarter, the Blue Devils were able to pull away from the Oatkan Knights in the large school championship game of Lions Club Pete Arras Memorial Tournament at GCC on Thursday night.

Holly led the tournament in scoring after posting 28 points against Batavia, though he was held to just two field goals in the final quarter.

Le Roy's next highest point total came from Jean Agosto, with eight.

Carter McFollins scored 20 points for Batavia, and Rasheed Christie scored 12.

"I think our ball pressure in the second half was a key factor in that game," said Batavia Head Coach Buddy Brasky. "Merritt Holly is tough to stop and we really emphasized sandwiching him with two defenders and putting ball pressure on the guards, and I think that's what really kind of turned the game in the second half."

Brasky said he's proud of the effort of his team.

"They're playing hard, but we've got a long way to go," Brasky said.

McFollins was named the tournament MVP.

Also on the all-tournament team for the large school division were Jamel Johnson, Jr., of Roy Hart, Agosto, Holly, Batavia's Ja'vin McFollins, and Christie.

Photos by Howard Owens

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/batavia-pulls-away-from-le-roy-in-lions-tournament-finale/625728#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/batavia-pulls-away-from-le-roy-in-lions-tournament-finale/625728 Dec 30, 2022, 7:08pm Lions Tournament Batavia pulls away from Le Roy in Lions Tournament finale Howard Owens <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/users/60/2022-12/batavialeroylions22.jpg" width="460" height="691"> </div> </div> </p> <p>Once Batavia was able to slow down Merritt Holly, Jr.&nbsp;in the fourth quarter, the Blue Devils were able to pull away from the Oatkan Knights in the large school championship game of Lions Club Pete Arras Memorial Tournament at GCC on Thursday night.</p> <p>Holly led the tournament in scoring after</p>
Notre Dame knocks off Oakfield-Alabama in Lions Tournament https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/notre-dame-knocks-off-oakfield-alabama-in-lions-tournament/625721

Down 42-35 after three quarters, the deficit put the fight back in the Irish, spurring Notre Dame to a 29-point fourth quarter and a 64-55 win over Oakfield-Alabama in the small schools championship game of the Lions Pete Arras Memorial Basketball Tournament at GCC on Thursday night.

Scoring for Notre Dame:

  • Jay Antinore, 19 points
  • Hayden Groff, 15 points
  • Jimmy Fanara, 13 points

For the Hornets: 

  • Kyle Porter, 18 points, 10 rebounds
  • Colton Yasses, 9 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists
  • Brayden Smith, 8 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists

Photos by Kristin Smith.  For more, click here.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/notre-dame-knocks-off-oakfield-alabama-in-lions-tournament/625721#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/notre-dame-knocks-off-oakfield-alabama-in-lions-tournament/625721 Dec 30, 2022, 2:17pm Lions Tournament Notre Dame knocks off Oakfield-Alabama in Lions Tournament Howard Owens <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/users/60/2022-12/oandlions-5_websize.jpg" width="460" height="307"> </div> </div> </p> <p>Down 42-35 after three quarters, the deficit put the fight back in the Irish, spurring Notre Dame to a 29-point fourth quarter and a 64-55 win over Oakfield-Alabama in the small schools championship game of the Lions Pete Arras Memorial Basketball Tournament at GCC on Thursday night.</p> <p>Scoring for Notre</p>
Batavia beats Roy-Hart in Lions Tournament https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/batavia-beats-roy-hart-in-lions-tournament/625648 The Batavia Blue Devils beat Roy-Hart 77-41 at GCC on Tuesday to win their open-round game in the annual Lions Tournament.

Ja'vin McFollins scored 17 points, Rasheed Christie, 16, and Sawyer Siverling, 13.

Batavia will play Le Roy for the large school crown on Thursday at 8 p.m.  Notre Dame and Oakfield-Alabama will face off for the small school trophy at 6:30 p.m.  Both games are being played at GCC.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/batavia-beats-roy-hart-in-lions-tournament/625648#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/batavia-beats-roy-hart-in-lions-tournament/625648 Dec 28, 2022, 1:00pm Lions Tournament Batavia beats Roy-Hart in Lions Tournament Howard Owens <p>The Batavia Blue Devils beat Roy-Hart 77-41 at GCC on Tuesday to win their open-round game in the annual Lions Tournament.</p> <p>Ja'vin McFollins scored 17 points, Rasheed Christie, 16, and Sawyer Siverling, 13.</p> <p>Batavia will play Le Roy for the large school crown on Thursday at 8 p.m.&nbsp; Notre Dame</p>
Notre Dame's 67-37 win over Medina carries them forward in Lion's Tournament https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/notre-dames-67-37-win-over-medina-carries-them-forward-in-lions-tournament/625647

Notre Dame beat Medina in its opening-round game of the Lion's Tournament at GCC on Tuesday, 67-37.

No stats are available for the game.

Photos by Pete Welker.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/notre-dames-67-37-win-over-medina-carries-them-forward-in-lions-tournament/625647#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/notre-dames-67-37-win-over-medina-carries-them-forward-in-lions-tournament/625647 Dec 28, 2022, 12:41pm Lions Tournament Notre Dame's 67-37 win over Medina carries them forward in Lion's Tournament Howard Owens <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/users/60/2022-12/7759eb2d-adc7-475c-9d23-4077af4248d7.jpg" width="460" height="690"> </div> </div> </p> <p>Notre Dame beat Medina in its opening-round game of the Lion's Tournament at GCC on Tuesday, 67-37.</p> <p>No stats are available for the game.</p> <p><em>Photos by Pete Welker.</em></p> <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/users/60/2022-12/1274e22d-9528-4be8-a3da-a9a209936c1c.jpg" width="460" height="601"> </div> </div> </p> <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/users/60/2022-12/fac90fd4-d3d9-4f54-8723-aed90526f4a1.jpg" width="460" height="690"> </div> </div> </p> <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/users/60/2022-12/a59556b6-0ed0-4e04-8e0a-eab54694bcea.jpg" width="460" height="690"> </div> </div> </p> <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/users/60/2022-12/3093b4f3-dc24-4cdb-a6af-c1698bbac5f0.jpg" width="460" height="307"> </div> </div> </p> <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/users/60/2022-12/c0930d35-8380-43a2-a912-eab740277c75.jpg" width="460" height="633"> </div> </div> </p> <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/users/60/2022-12/4e233f56-2804-466d-b2c7-d9a46143f327.jpg" width="460" height="616"> </div> </div> </p> <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/users/60/2022-12/957d2058-70be-4098-ad3e-3bd1356accfd.jpg" width="460" height="307"> </div> </div> </p>
O-A beats Elba to advance in Lion's Tournament https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/o-a-beats-elba-to-advance-in-lions-tournament/625644

In the second game, Oakfield-Alabama will advance to the small-school championship game at GCC tomorrow after beating Elba in the Lion's Tournament, 69-39.

For the Hornets:

  • Kyle Porter, 21 points
  • Brayden Smith, 14 points, 7 assists
  • Colton Yasses, 10 points, 8 rebounds

For the Lancers:

  • Connor Scott, 9 points
  • Jake Walczak, 10 points
  • Angelo Penna, 7 points

O-A is now 5-1 and Elba is 3-4.

"I was proud of the effort of the boys tonight, especially on the defensive end," said Head Coach Ryan Stehlar. "We had a tough matchup against a well-coached league team in Elba and had to be ready to go early.  I was proud of our bench for stepping up when we needed them, as well.  Overall, it was a good team win."

Photos by Kristin Smith. For more, click here.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/o-a-beats-elba-to-advance-in-lions-tournament/625644#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/o-a-beats-elba-to-advance-in-lions-tournament/625644 Dec 28, 2022, 12:30pm Lions Tournament O-A beats Elba to advance in Lion's Tournament Howard Owens <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/users/60/2022-12/oaelbalions-2.jpg" width="460" height="689"> </div> </div> </p> <p>In the second game, Oakfield-Alabama will advance to the small-school championship game at GCC tomorrow after beating Elba in the Lion's Tournament, 69-39.</p> <p>For the Hornets:</p> <ul> <li>Kyle Porter, 21 points</li> <li>Brayden Smith, 14 points, 7 assists</li> <li>Colton Yasses, 10 points, 8 rebounds</li> </ul> <p>For the Lancers:</p> <ul> <li>Connor Scott, 9 points</li> <li>Jake</li></ul>
Knights pick up opening round win in 41st Annual Lions Tournament https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/knights-pick-up-opening-round-win-in-41st-annual-lions-tournament/625618

Merritt Holly, Jr., unloaded on Attica for 27 points on Tuesday evening in the opening game of the 2022 Lions Tournament at GCC to lead Le Roy to a 48-30 win over Attica.

Jean Agosto scored 12 points for the Oatkan Knights.

Cole Harding scored 18 points for the Blue Devils.

Other opening-round games today:

  • Elba vs. Oakfield-Alabama (started at 5:15 p.m.)
  • Medina vs. Notre Dame (started at 6:30 p.m.)
  • Roy-Hart vs. Batavia (starts at 8 p.m.)

On Thursday, the small school championship game is at 6:30 p.m. and the large school championship game is at 8 p.m.  Both games are being played at GCC.

To view or purchase photos, click here.

Photos by Steve Ognibene

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/knights-pick-up-opening-round-win-in-41st-annual-lions-tournament/625618#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/knights-pick-up-opening-round-win-in-41st-annual-lions-tournament/625618 Dec 27, 2022, 7:52pm Lions Tournament Knights pick up opening round win in 41st Annual Lions Tournament Howard Owens <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/users/328/2022-12/a76y3078.jpg" width="460" height="690"> </div> </div> </p> <p>Merritt Holly, Jr., unloaded on Attica for 27 points on Tuesday evening in the opening game of the 2022 Lions Tournament at GCC to lead Le Roy to a 48-30 win over Attica.</p> <p>Jean Agosto scored 12 points for the Oatkan Knights.</p> <p>Cole Harding scored 18 points for the Blue</p>
Le Roy stiffles Attica in 58-34 win to capture Lions crown https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/le-roy-stiffles-attica-in-58-34-win-to-capture-lions-crown/586761 For the first 12 minutes of their championship match at GCC on Thursday night, Le Roy and Attica looked pretty evenly matched, then in the waning minutes of the first half, the Oatkan Knights offense caught fire.

By the end, the score wasn't close.

Le Roy won the large school division crown of the 39th Annual Pete Arras Lions Tournament 58-34.

The Knights held the Blue Devils to only 14 points in the second half, only four points in the final quarter.

For Le Roy, Mitchel Hockey scored 28 points, Merritt Holly scored nine, John Penepento, 9, and Finn Shelby, 9.

For Attica, Cole Harding scored 11 points.

The all-tournament team for the large school division:

  • Jamel Johnson, Roy-Hart
  • Carter McFollins, Batavia
  • Cole Harding, Attica
  • Simon Lamparelli, Attica
  • Merritt Holly, Le Roy
  • Mitchel Hockey, Le Roy (MVP)
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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/le-roy-stiffles-attica-in-58-34-win-to-capture-lions-crown/586761#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/le-roy-stiffles-attica-in-58-34-win-to-capture-lions-crown/586761 Dec 31, 2021, 12:26pm Lions Tournament Le Roy stiffles Attica in 58-34 win to capture Lions crown Howard Owens Video Sponsor .pane-node-body img {background: none !important; border: 0 !important; margin: 0 !important; padding: unset !important; padding-left: 1px !important } broadstreet.zone(69076) <p>For the first 12 minutes of their championship match at GCC on Thursday night, Le Roy and Attica looked pretty evenly matched, then in the waning minutes of the</p>
With 74-61 win, Hornets become Lions champions https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/with-74-61-win-hornets-become-lions-champions/586760

Oakfield-Alabama prevailed over Notre Dame on Thursday to win the small schools division of the 39th Annual Pete Arras Lions Tournament at Genesee Community College.

The final score was 74-61.

Kaden Cusmano scored 20 points for the Hornets, Kam Cusmano, 18, and Gaige Armbrewster, 11.

For Notre Dame, Jordan Welker scored 24 points and Cody Henry scored 17 points.

The small schools' all-tournament team:

  • CJ Gottler, Elba
  • Cody Henry, Notre Dame
  • Jordan Welker, Notre Dame
  • Gaige Armbrewster, Oakfield-Alabama
  • Kaden Cusmano, Oakfield-Alabama
  • Kameron Cusmano, Oakfield-Alabama (MVP)

Photos by Kristin Smith.  For more photos, click here.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/with-74-61-win-hornets-become-lions-champions/586760#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/with-74-61-win-hornets-become-lions-champions/586760 Dec 31, 2021, 12:12pm Lions Tournament With 74-61 win, Hornets become Lions champions Howard Owens <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/users/60/2021-12/oandlions2021-1_websize.jpg" width="460" height="689"> </div> </div> </p> <p>Oakfield-Alabama prevailed over Notre Dame on Thursday to win the small schools division of the 39th Annual&nbsp;Pete&nbsp;Arras&nbsp;Lions&nbsp;Tournament&nbsp;at Genesee Community College.</p> <p>The final score was 74-61.</p> <p>Kaden Cusmano scored 20 points for the Hornets, Kam Cusmano, 18, and Gaige Armbrewster, 11.</p> <p>For Notre Dame,&nbsp;Jordan Welker scored 24 points and Cody Henry</p>
Perennial favorites Batavia falls to Attica in first-round of Lions Tournament https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/perennial-favorites-batavia-falls-to-attica-in-first-round-of-lions-tournament/586436

After trailing for much of the game, including, at times, by double-digits, the Batavia Blue Devils put together a final quarter rally but still fell short against Attica, 50-48.

Carter McFollins scored 19 points for Batavia while Tanner Mountain added 12 points.

For Attica, Simon Lamparell scored 16 points and Luke George scored 10.

Attica advances to the championship game at 9 p.m., Thursday, at the GCC gym against Le Roy.

For more game photos, click here.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/perennial-favorites-batavia-falls-to-attica-in-first-round-of-lions-tournament/586436#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/perennial-favorites-batavia-falls-to-attica-in-first-round-of-lions-tournament/586436 Dec 29, 2021, 3:01pm Lions Tournament Perennial favorites Batavia falls to Attica in first-round of Lions Tournament Howard Owens <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/users/60/2021-12/bhslions2021.jpg" width="460" height="689"> </div> </div> </p> <p>After trailing for much of the game, including, at times, by double-digits, the Batavia Blue Devils put together a final quarter rally but still fell short against Attica, 50-48.</p> <p>Carter McFollins scored 19 points for Batavia while Tanner Mountain added 12 points.</p> <p>For Attica, Simon Lamparell scored 16 points and</p>