Rangers hoops fall in first round

By on February 27, 2017

Ninth-seed Greece Arcadia hit five three-pointers in the first quarter and outscored eighth-seed Spencerport 17-8 in the second quarter on their way to a 56-41 victory in the first round of the Class A1 Section V boys’ basketball playoffs.

Their sharpshooting over the first eight minutes forced the rangers to extend their defense, which opened up the inside game for the Titans as they built a 14-point halftime advantage.

Rangers’ junior guard Josh Reding hit consecutive treys to close the third quarter and open the fourth before senior Ryan Donovan’s lay-up and senior Ryan Gentile’s three-pointer cut the Titans lead to nine.

But the Rangers were held to just a single field goal by senior Evan Wellington over the final four minutes of the game.

Gentile led the Rangers with 12 points while Reding three treys for nine points with five steals and two assists. Evan Clarke had six points, Donovan four points with a team-best 11 rebounds and three assists and Malcolm McCollough added seven rebounds and four points.

Spencerport seniors Gentile, Donovan, Wellington, Leon Mosley, Trevor James, Zach Baxter and Michael Sero all completed their high school basketball careers as the Rangers finished with a 9-12 record.

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