By Rob Potter
LIVINGSTON MANOR After a close first half, the Chapel Field Lions used a third-quarter scoring blitz to defeat the host Livingston Manor Wildcats, 70-53, on Thursday night in an Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association (OCIAA) basketball game.
Chapel Field outscored the Wildcats by a 20-13 margin in that key quarter to take a nine-point advantage into the fourth period. After Manor’s Brandon Smith scored a basket thanks to an assist from Kenny Fisk with 3:38 remaining in the third quarter, Chapel Field (2-1, 1-0 Div. VI) responded with an 11-0 run.
Danny Menendez made a pair of free throws and then swished a 3-point shot to push the Lions’ lead to 48-40. That advantage grew to 54-40 after Ryan Kim scored after a Manor turnover and Jesse Capalbo added two baskets after two more turnovers by the Wildcats.
“That was the difference in the game,” Chapel Field Coach Joe Canazon said. “Those baskets allowed us to lead by more than 10 points. But Manor kept playing hard.”
Menendez led the Lions with a game-high 26 points. Capalbo netted 21 points and Dustin Vellenga added 12 points for Chapel Field.
Smith paced Manor (0-2, 0-1 Div. VI) with 18 points and Ross Abbott recorded 11 points. Fisk, Troy Correa and Lee Sharshakuu each added seven points. Correa dished out seven assists and five steals, while Fisk had six assists and four steals.
Manor Coach Charlie Hicks agreed with Canazon that the Lions’ third-quarter scoring barrage was integral to the game’s outcome.
“We were down five [points] and all of a sudden I looked up at the scoreboard and we were down by 10,” Hicks said. “Chapel Field took advantage of our mistakes.”
“We have a young team,” Hicks added. “We will get better throughout the season.”
Also on Thursday night in the Manor, the Livingston Manor Lady Wildcats stopped the Chapel Field Lady Lions, 38-24, in an OCIAA Division VI basketball game. Junior guard Marissa Diescher scored a game-high 23 points for Manor (1-0, 1-0 Div. VI). Monay Allen added four points for the Lady Wildcats.
Leading Chapel Field (1-1, 0-1 Div. VI) were Janelle Gros and Grace Hodges, who registered 10 points and nine points, respectively.