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Frontier boys basketball ends skid with emphatic win

HATTEN TO THE HOOP — Frontier’s Erik Hatten scored 19 points in Frontier’s 71-25 win at West Seneca West. Photo courtesy of Ron Larson.
Coaches agree that pesky defense, crisp ball movement and great energy are the key ingredients to success in basketball.

Frontier used those ingredients to end a four-game skid in a 71 – 25 win against West Seneca West on Jan. 17. The Falcons picked up their second Erie County Interscholastic Conference I win of the season and, after a lose to Jamestown the next day, are 3 – 6 on the season.

The Falcons got 22 points from senior Erik Hatten, along with 19 points and seven assists from Jay Bergmann.

“We played great tonight team-wise,” Bergmann said. “I love that we moved the ball real well. We played great team defense.”

Bergmann connected on three triples, while getting teammates involved, as well. Bergmann played the role of quarterback, passing to his teammates for work around the basket, while also knocking down shots, as he has consistently done, this season.

The junior is averaging nearly 20 points per game and has been held to less than double figures only one time, this year. He netted a season-high 34 against Williamsville North on Dec. 20 and has had two games with 25 points.

“It makes [Jay’s] job a lot easier when other guys are making baskets,” said Frontier head coach Gary Domzalski. “I think he had more fun scoring 19 points with seven assists than he did having 34 in a loss.”

The Falcons connected on four of their eight 3-pointers in the second quarter and carried the hot shooting into the second half. Frontier also held West to 3 third-quarter points.

The Falcons recorded 20 assists on 27 made field goals. They were also 8-of-16 from beyond the arc, and shot 53 percent from the floor

“All the shooting drills in practice and all the movement creating open shots, it helps a lot,” Hatten said. “When they played zone, we got open threes and attacked the zone, moved the ball around.”

Senior Pat Quinlivan was one of eight different Falcons to score, notching 8 points and pulling down a team-high nine rebounds. A.J. Licata added 8 points and dished out five assists.

“It was our best showing of the season offensively and defensively,” Domzalski said. “Everything seems to flow better when you’re shooting well.”

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