The Golden Eagles are ranked No. 1 in the state in the latest NYSSWA poll
CLYDE — The temperature may have been hovering near zero degrees outside Wednesday evening, but the Clyde-Savannah Golden Eagles boys basketball team heated up their home hardwood as they took down the visiting Lyons Lions 72-58 to improve to 13-0 on the year.
After taking a 7-2 lead with 5:50 left in the first quarter, it looked like the Lions (9-2) were going to avenge their only loss suffered this season on their home court Dec. 10 at the hands of the Eagles. But Clyde-Savannah ran off a 9-0 string of points taking an 11-7 lead with 2:44 left in the first frame capped off by the first of three Joemaine Bogan dunks on the night, causing the Golden Eagle fans to erupt and Lyons coach Zac Young to call his first time out of the evening. Clyde-Savannah senior guard Joe Faniel dropped in seven of his game-high 22 points in the first period as the Golden Eagles led 21-11 at the end of the first eight minutes of play.
"I think we got the ball inside more tonight," said Clyde-Savannah coach Tim Jackson Jr. "I thought defensively we did a great job, we had a couple of lapses, but I think we did a great job defensively. It was fun tonight. I told the kids I think we owe it to the players that have played before us and the players that are coming after us. Our kids were ranked No. 1 in the state yesterday and not that it means something right now, but it means we are doing something right."
"I thought we came out pretty good, we came out and were up 7-2," said Lyons coach Zac Young. "I really don't think we played that bad, I just think Clyde played very well. I give them a lot of credit. They took it to us, they played at a higher level. I give them a lot of credit. I think Joey Faniel played outstanding."
In the second quarter, C-S went up by as many as 18 points, taking a 37-19 lead as Faniel dropped in two foul shots with 3:18 left before the half. The Eagles led at the intermission, 44-28.
With 3:07 left in the third period, Bogan slammed in another exclamation point, extending his Eagles' lead to 19 points. Clyde-Savannah led at the end of the third 59-41.
The Golden Eagles were led on the night by Faniel with 22 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, Mike Turner added 12 points and Bogan totaled 14 points. Kam DiSanto broke the 1,000 career point mark, as he hit for 15 points on the night. The Lions were paced by Damon Hunter with 15 points and Chris Peay with 14 points.