Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — NIAGARA FALLS — The Niagara Falls Wolverines scored a major upset on the first night of the 13th annual Cataract City Classic, but fell back to earth on Day Two, losing to Brunswick (OH), 57-45, in the team’s second-straight game against a top regional opponent.
The teams battled to a tie in both the first and second quarters. Brunswick jumped out to an early 7-0 lead to start the game, but Jermaine Crumpton went on a tear, scoring the Wolverines’ first nine points to pull his team back into the game.
The teams entered the second tied at 12, and again Brunswick took control, opening the quarter on a 8-4 run. This time, it was Niagara Falls’ Vinzell Watkins who answered, scoring seven in the quarter, which ended tied at 26.
The Wolverines looked to be taking over in the third. After Brunswick’s Kyle Wheeler opened scoring in the quarter with a layup off a nice backdoor cut, Niagara Falls’ Ramir Burton scored seven-straight points to give the Wolverines a five-point lead, their biggest of the game.
A three-point play by Brunswick’s leading scorer, Ryan Badowski, helped the Blue Devils cut the lead to 39-37 heading into the fourth.
Badowski took over in the final quarter. The 6-foot-3 junior guard scored 12 points in the period, including going 8-for-8 from the charity stripe. Niagara Falls failed to get much going offensively, scoring just six points, all coming from senior point guard J.J. Wilkes.
Niagara Falls coach Sal Constantino said before the game that Badowski was a player to watch, raving about the 6-foot-3 junior’s scoring ability.
“He’s a shooter, but he has nice size, especially for a guard,” he said. “He can dribble and get to the rim, or he can shoot from anywhere.”
The matchup had been pegged as a clash of styles, with Niagara Falls preferring to push the pace and attack the basket while Brunswick preferred to set up behind the 3-point line and let its plethora of shooters score from there.