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Westmoreland forward, Jack Acquaviva (2), drives the lane for two of twenty eight points.

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netSophomore forward, Jack Acquaviva, poured in twenty eight points and teammate, Tyler Taverne, owned the boards, to lead Westmoreland to a 70-47 Center State Conference boy’s basketball win over Dolgeville.

Acquavia, who had the hottest hand, with a career high twenty eight points and eight boards, was helped out on the offensive end of the court by Tyler Taverne and John Gerace, who both netted seventeen points each. The hot shooting trio accounted for sixty two of the Bulldog’s seventy total points on the night.

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Tyler Taverne (44) was head and shoulders above the defense tonight.

The sparkling, refurbished gym, on the campus of Westmoreland High School, played host to a big, home crowd, who was treated to a great performance by their beloved Bulldogs.

The Blue Devils silenced the local fans early though, as Reid Johnson and Brandon Lewandowski opened the ball game with back to back three pointers, putting Dolgeville up 6-0, before their bus was parked.

The quick deficit sounded an alarm for Westmo, and the Dawgs didn’t hit the snooze button, rattling off nine unanswered points to take a 9-6 lead, with 2:11 to go in the opening frame.

Jack Acquaviva accounted for eight first quarter points and teammate Tyler Taverne dropped in six to send Westmoreland to a 21-13 lead after the first eight minutes of action. 

netThe Blues Devils, who entered tonight’s contest with a record of (1-6), were looking to avenge a 59-39 season opening loss to Westmoreland and they did try hard to make that happen.

The second quarter saw Westmoreland’s senior guard, John Gerace, connect on a couple of long three pointers, to keep the home team rolling along.

Dolgeville got four, second quarter points from Alex Johnson, to pull the visitors to within 32-24, as we headed to the intermission.

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Dolgeville’s Alex Johnson (14) goes up for two, with stiff resistance from Westmoreland’s Troy Newman (4).

Westmoreland pulled away for good in the third quarter, largely due to the efforts of their big man, Tyler Taverne, who collected eight points in the paint and one for good measure from the charity stripe, giving the Bulldogs a 19-7 advantage in the quarter.

Alex Johnson tallied four more points in the third for the never say die Devils, who dressed just eight players for tonight’s match up.

Westmo scored nineteen more in the fourth quarter, twelve of which came off the hot hand of Jack Acquaviva.

The big sophomore hit three pointers on two consecutive trips down the floor for the Bulldogs, midway through the final period, to put this one away.

The victory improves Westmoreland to (6-3) on the season, (4-2) in the CSC-3 and good enough for third place.

Dolgeville drops to (1-7), (0-3) in the CSC-2.

Westmoreland will next take on their Cider Street rival, Oriskany, on Monday night.

The Blue Devils return to the hardwood on the 17th, when they visit Frankfort-Schuyler for a 7:30PM tilt.

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Westmoreland 70 Dolgeville 47

                           1    2    3    4    Total

Dolgeville              15   9   7   16     47

Westmoreland       21 11 19  19     70

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Bulldogs guard John Gerace (1) eyes the prize late in the first half.

MHTS Scoring Summary:

Dolgeville

Alex Johnson 23

Brandon Lewandowski 14

Tyler Smith 5

Reid Johnson 3

Christian Seeley 2

Westmoreland

Jack Acquaviva 28

Tyler Taverne 17

John Gerace 17

Tony Fiorelli 7

Troy Newman 3

Pat Nolan 2