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Area high school boys basketball teams prepare for season with scrimmages

SPRINGVILLE—Both the Ellicottville and Springville varsity boys basketball teams traveled to different venues in preparation for the upcoming 2017-18 season.

Springville traveled to Holland High School Nov. 28, Ellicottville went to St. Francis High School to face three different teams last weekend.

Although it’s too early to make any predictions about the success of either teams, it appears Ellicottville may have a better run based on the fact that they’re staying put in the division they played at last season, and are returning all five starters to a team that is the reigning co-division champion with Franklinville from last season.

Springville will be moving up a division and will be looking to fill about a half-dozen spots of seniors who graduated last season, although they maintain last season’s division player-of-the-year Mason Goodridge.

The teams had different objectives in their recent scrimmages. While Ellicottville was looking to gain an edge entering the season by playing higher class-level opponents, Springville is still tinkering with player combinations in determining this year’s starters.

Ellicottville boys basketball coach David McCann was pleased with the trio of performances against Buffalo Charter School, West Seneca East and host St. Francis Nov. 25.

“I thought it went well, we got to play a lot of bigger schools and bigger competition and I thought we played pretty well,” said the sixth-year varsity coach.

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“For the most part, we were there with everybody and played pretty well, pretty solid all day long,” McCann said.

Ellicottville opens their season tonight with a 6 p.m. game against Clymer High School in the Salamanca Tipoff Tournament at Salamanca, while the Griffs begin their season next week by hosting Pioneer High School Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m.

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