Rath wins debut

The St. Mary’s boys basketball team defeated Niagara-Wheatfield, 58-26, in the first round of the Wilson Tournament, making a winner of Paul Rath in his coaching debut. The Lancers will play Riverside , a 60-27 winner over Wilson, for the title. Ten different players scored for St. Mary’s led by Tylor English and Matt Wrobel with 12 each. Latrell Tyson added 11 points off the bench. “Ball movement was the key, we hit our open shots and we played pretty tight defense,” Rath said.

Elsewhere, Pioneer edged Tapestry, 65-62 in overtime, to advance in the Pioneer Motorsports Tournament. Terik Lewis made a layup with 1.8 seconds to send the game into overtime and Connor Johnson hit a jumper with 30 seconds left in the OT for the go-ahead points. Justin Bliss hit two free throws with 9.9 seconds left. Dylan Souder led the Panthers with 22 points.

Nichols takes title

Nichols, a first-time entry in the Lancaster Tip-Off Tournament, came away with the title by beating Maryvale in the final, 53-43.

Liam Ryan was named tournament MVP of the 36th annual event following a 19-point performance. “He just willed his team to victory in both games,” said first year Nichols coach John Reinholtz. “We got into some foul trouble with our guards and he took over at the point and showed a lot of leadership.”

Nichols broke the game open with a 21-3 burst in the second quarter. Reinholtz said that’s when Ryan’s play began to shine. Cam Lewis, named to the All-tournament team, added 11 points and 11 rebounds.

In the consolation game, Jordan Parker had 10 points and 11 rebounds as Cleveland Hill beat the host Redskins, 44-39.