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Warriors Kick-off 2008 Season against Allegany/Limestone

Posted Tuesday, December 09, 2008 by Brian Cook Sports editor

Warriors get early test in defending champs

December 9, 2008

SALAMANCA �”� The tone has been set. These Warriors are fierce, if not yet refined.

Leading the defending sectional champion Allegany-Limestone team 31-29 at the half, and by as many as 10 in the second quarter, the Warriors (0-1) came out with a gritty, intense performance Monday night.

But it wouldn’t last. The experienced Gators �” led by Marcus Aiello with a game high 26 points and sharpshooter Matt Dombowski (13 points, five assists, four steals) �”� roared back to outscore Salamanca 45-24 and pull away for a 74-55 victory.

“For the first half we were better. I think our lack of discipline definitely hurt us in the end,” commented coach Brian Koscielniak after his first game as a varsity coach. He added: “We came out so intense. They were fired up since they saw the schedule (and saw) the Section VI champion (ALCS).”

Fired up is right. The Warriors raced out to a surprising leads of 5-0 and 16-7, and led 19-12 after one thanks in part to a Nick Hoard desperation heave at the buzzer that found net. Several plays featured Warriors hitting the deck for loose balls and scrapping for possession.



Meanwhile, freshman Jackson John paced the home team before intermission with 10 of his team high 18 to go along with five caroms, but turnovers plagued the Warriors as they lost the ball 24 times in the contest.

“We had too many turnovers to beat a great team,” said Koscielniak.

Aiello proved it by scoring 16 of his points in an explosive third quarter alone as part of a 31-12 spurt that put the Gators on top to stay. Allegany netted 31 in the third, and took leads by as many as 17 points in the final stanza before some sloppy play created the final margin.

Allegany-Limestone seemed to turn the tide at the tail end of the second quarter. With just 37 seconds to go, Nate Keenan (13 points, five assists) canned a three, followed by an Aiello steal and a duece to make the halftime margin. The Gators took their first lead on an Aiello trey to start the third.

It was then that the suffocating defense took over. Aiello and Dombowski created back-to-back steals, and the Gators never looked back.

For the Warriors, Thomas Williams filled the stat sheet with 18 points, five boards, and four assists. Matt DeBoy had a solid debut in the paint with seven boards, six on the offensive glass.

“This is the best team we play all year,” said Koscielniak. “It proves that we can hang with anybody we play.”

The Warriors are off until their Tip-Off Tournament Thursday night against Walsh.

Sala. �” 19 12 12 12 �” 55

ALCS �” 12 17 31 14 �” 74


Williams 6 2 0-0 18; Reiller 1 1 5; Maybee 1 2; John 5 2 2-2 18; Weakfall 1 2; DeBoy 2 4; Hoard 1 1 1-2 6

ALCS (74)

Dombowski 5 1 0-0 13; Keenan 5 1 0-0 13; Whitney 1 0-0 2; Phearsdorf 1 0-0 2; Barndt 4 2-2 10 Aiello 6 4 2-2 26; Giardini 1 2-4 4; Tristley 2 0-2 4


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