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Tonawanda edges Eden; Frontier falls to Clarence

CLOSE ONE — Anthony Sinnot and Eden lost a close one to Tonawanda recently. Photo courtesy of Ron Larson.
It was the kind of game that shows — win or lose — what you’re made of.

Tristan Boling had a game-high 28 points as Tonawanda outlasted Eden 52 – 45 in ECIC IV basketball action Jan. 31 at Tonawanda’’s George H. Miller Gym.

Early on, it looked as if Tonawanda (9 – 6 overall, 6 – 3 ECIC IV) would run away with the game in getting out to a commanding 21 – 7 lead. However, Kyle Gibbons and Hayden Herc opened the second quarter with back-to-back 3-point plays to cut Tonawanda’’s lead to eight.

Once big-man Connor Pumm was on the bench in foul trouble, the Raiders, who fell to 0-8 in the division and 2-10 overall, went on a 13 – 4 run that was highlighted by A.J. Feldman’s 3-point play to gave Eden the 26 – 25 lead at halftime.

“Coach [Hank Hughes] said that [Eden] was hungry to win,” said Boling. “So they’re going to come out and play; we’ve just got to play harder.”

Coming into the game without a victory in league play made the Raiders a dangerous team to face for a squad like Tonawanda. Eden hit six 3-pointers as a team, with three of them coming from Brad Palmerton, who had 17 points to lead his team.

“They don’t stop and there’’s something to be said when you’re trying to build a program,” said Eden’s first-year head coach Scott Gill. “That’s what you want out of your kids — modified, JV and varsity. Tonawanda came back and they played a good second half. You have to give them credit.”

Boling dropped 10 points in the third quarter when Tonawanda reclaimed the lead for good. Pumm had 5 rebounds and 6 of his 9 points in the fourth quarter.

Also locally, Frontier fell to one of ECIC Division I’s top teams Clarence 66 – 49 on Jan. 31. The Falcons cut the lead to eight with five minutes left in the game, but Clarence responded by hitting three straight 3-pointers to pull away. In his first game back from injury, Frontier senior David Rajski finished with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Jay Bergmann added 14 points and A.J. Licata, 9 rebounds, in defeat. Frontier dropped to 4-8 overall and 2-6 in division play.

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