# 9 Wayland-Cohocton 48 # 8 Dansville 37
On Wednesday (Feb. 17) night the Wayland-Cohocton boys basketball team took the “home” out of “home court advantage” when they visited “the Corral” & promptly disposed of rival Dansville in a 48-37 final which would finish the Mustangs’ season, & prolong the Golden Eagles post-season. Once again it was a “spirited” Wayland-Cohocton club that got out of the gates early, & would manage to hold the home team at bay the remainder of the night to post the victory. Coach Jeff Englert’s young team would lead the game from start to finish…although the Mustangs made a strong surge mid-way in the 2nd period & got the lead down to as few as 3, but could never get any closer.
Wayland-Cohocton jumped out early as they would put the first 11 points of the game on the scoreboard over the first 3 minutes of play! That spurt was capped by a Mike Feinman 3-pointer that put the Eagles up 11-0 with 5:40 left in the first period! Hunter Little would take feed from Derek Wampole at the 5:25 mark to finally get the Mustangs on the board. Wampole would score a trio of field goals to bring Dansville a bit closer as Way-Coh held an 8-point advantage (18-10) after the initial 8 minutes of play. Senior guard Mike Feinman’s infectious spirit & hustle helped Wayland-Cohocton maintain their lead at the half as he would score 8 second-quarter points to keep the Eagles in the lead at the half 28-20. The Mustangs made a run of their own late in the 1st & into the 2nd as they would outscore the visiting Eagles 16-5 over the last 4 minutes of the first quarter & the first 4 minutes of the 2nd….cutting the deficit to 21-18. But in closing the half, Connor Englert hit a pair of charity tosses, & Mike Feinman would connnect on a pair of free throws & then drained a “3” to push the lead back to 8.
The maroon & gold would open the first 4 minutes of the 3rd outscoring the Mustangs 9-4 to equal their earlier lead of 13 points ( 37-24). Coach Dave Moodie’s team would keep cutting the Golden Eagles’ lead back inside of double-digits….but would never get within striking distance again. It looked like Dansville might have caught the break they needed when Wayland-Cohocton missed a chance to extend the lead to 15 & turned the ball over. The Eagles played fine defense on the other end as the shot-clock ran down. Dansville’s Thomas Graves let a desperation 3-pointer fly with :01 left on the timer & hit it…cutting the lead to 37-27. Derek Wampole’s 2 free throws would again make it an 8 point margin at the end of the 3rd at 37-29. In the final stanza, the 2 teams would trade baskets back & forth as lead would remain around the 10 point mark the rest of the way as Tyler Bosh would hit 4 of 6 from the line down the stretch, while Conner Englert & Jack Gibson would bag clutch field goals in the final minutes to cap the Wayland-Cohocton 48-37 victory!
Wayland-Cohocton (4-15) would move on to tangle with top-seeded North Rose-Wolcott on Friday (Feb. 19) night at 7pm. The Golden Eagles were led by Mike Feinman’s 14 points, (13 in the first half including a pair of 3’s)…Connor Englert added 11….Tyler Bosh scored 9….Jack Gibson 7….Anthony Sarago 4….& Kevin Ebert 3. Way-Coh went 15-24 from the line…while Dansville was 50% from the stripe 8-16. Coach Jeff Englert’s defensive strategy was simple…”limit the number of touches that Derek Wampole gets”. The Mustangs center scored 10 in the first half, but only had 3 free throws in the 2nd half, until the game was decided in the closing seconds when he hit a late field goal. Dansville ( 8-13) was led by Derek Wampole’s 15 points, Tommy Wise added a dozen, Tommy Graves & Hunter Little each had 3….while Nick Rosica & Anthony Sackett finished with 2 apiece as the Mustangs’ season came to a close.