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Mynderse escapes Geneva with 51-48 win

Heading into Monday night’s Finger Lakes East boys varsity basketball game in Geneva between the Panthers and Mynderse Academy, it was difficult to gauge the level of play local fans could expect from these two teams. Mynderse had opened their season on November 29th winning easily against an overmatched South Seneca team and Geneva, on the opposite end of the spectrum, was at 0-2 with losses to two tough Rochester city teams.A great atmosphere in Geneva to open the game as the Panthers jumped out to an early 6-0 lead before Mynderse would settle down and build a seven point second quarter lead. Geneva would answer and take a four point lead into the half. The Panthers built the lead to six at the end of the third period before Mynderse would storm back to tie the game at 40. The Blue Devils took the lead for good on a Liam Caraher fast break layup and foul and secured the three point victory when Michael King’s attempt to tie the game was partially blocked by Mynderse as the clock expired.Geneva, without their starting senior PG Noah Barber, was led by sophomore Tyler Tyson who scored 14 points and John Hawkins added 13, 10 in the final quarter. A key turning point in the game was when Geneva forward Marquan Ross picked up his 5th foul, a technical, and had the sit out the final minute.Mynderse would convert 10 of their 17 second half free throws (15-24 on the game) to chip away the Geneva’s lead while the Panthers only went to the line twice the entire half.Senior shooting guard Liam Caraher had 15 points on the night, 10 of them in the 4th quarter. Sophomore Devin Verkey scored 10 and fellow sophomore Kyle Ruddy had 6. It will not get easier for the 0-3 Geneva Panthers as they hit the road on Friday to face Finger Lakes East favorite Newark who stands at 1-0 after defeating Livonia on Saturday in Victor.For Mynderse (2-0), they’ll play their first game at Arthur L. Baker Gymnasium in Seneca Falls on Friday night as part of a girls-boys varsity double-header against crosstown rival Waterloo. Both games of the double-header will be webcast LIVE by FL1 Sports starting at 6:00 pm on FingerLakes1.TV and YouTube.You can watch all of FingerLakes1.TV’s programming by browsing directly to www.FingerLakes1.TV on your computer or tablet. You can also watch live on YouTube by using the search bar at YouTube.com and subscribing to our channel. Watch live or on-demand on your smartphone by downloading the free FingerLakes1.com App from the iTunes or Android store. Have a smart TV? Check to see if there is a YouTube app and subscribe to our channel. Stream directly from your phone or Google Chrome browser using a Chromecast. Watch live on Roku by installing Roku’s YouTube app and searching or subscribing to FingerLakes1.com. The latest FingerLakes1.TV programming is linked up and featured on our homepage at FingerLakes1.com along with links to live shows when in progress. Our live webcast schedule for the upcoming week is also posted near the bottom of our homepage.

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