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Defense fuels East

When Hutch-Tech started to easily break East’s full-court press, the Panthers switched defenses. And with a solid man-to-man effort and effective rebounding, they pulled away in the second half to earn a 79-66 boys basketball win in Yale Cup Division I.

“We started out pressing full court and dropping into a zone but they were breaking it easy,” East coach Starling Bryant said. “We went to man-to-man in the second quarter for the rest of the game and the kids really stepped up on the defensive end. We forced some bad shots on their end.”

Tyree Tyson scored 10 of his 18 points in the third quarter. The center finished with 12 rebounds, six steals and five blocked shots.

Sean Young had four three-pointers en route to a game-high 22 points for East (12-5, 9-2).

Meanwhile, Nate Wilkinson scored a career-high 36 points to help Iroquois to a 77-57 win over Starpoint in ECIC II.

The Chiefs led by just four points going into the final quarter but outscored Starpoint, 29-13, to take the win.

Fed hockey final set

Monsignor Martin and Williamsville will play for the WNY Girls Federation Hockey championship on Friday after winning their respective semifinals in dramatic fashion.

With 0.3 seconds left, Julia Duquette poked in her own rebound to give Monsignor Martin a 3-2 win over Amherst/Sweet Home, while Williamsville scored 36 seconds into overtime for 2-1 win, and a bit of revenge, against Kenmore.

The goal for Duquette was her second of the game. The defenseman carried the puck into the offensive zone, worked the puck down low onto the net, the poked it past the goaltender to keep Monsignor Martin (19-0) undefeated.

In the late game, Jordan Roetzer finished off a Williamsville rush with an accurate shot on the fly from the left side for the win.

Last week the same two teams went into double overtime of the Section VI championship. Kenmore won, 2-1, to advance to the state tournament.