St. Joe’s wins in double OT
They watched their double-digit halftime lead evaporate, but St. Joe’s finally came back to get the win — in double overtime.
The Marauders earned a 63-61 win over Kenmore West to open the boys basketball season at the Pastor-Cooper Memorial at Daemen College.
St. Joe’s led, 30-20, at the break and was up by eight points at the end of the third quarter. Kenmore West went on a 19-11 run in the fourth quarter. A layup by Louis Oliveri of the Marauders sent the game to overtime. The teams traded baskets until Justin Hollins scored what proved to be the game-winner with about a minute left in the second OT.
“It was two teams grinding it out,” St. Joe’s coach Mark Simon said. “We made one more play than them in the second overtime. Quite honestly, it was kind of ugly at times. A lot of missed free throws, a lot of missed layups. It was a grind for both teams.”
Oliveri finished with 21 points while Quinton Campbell paced Ken West also with 21.
In other boys’ basketball, City Honors earned a 60-56 overtime win against Olmsted in the consolation game of the Sports Alumni Tournament at Bennett. The Centaurs outscored Olmsted, 13-9, in the extra period for the win. Matt Cieslik scored 16 points for City Honors (1-1).
Elsewhere, Andrew Rankie had 24 points and 13 rebounds as Starpoint opened with a 67-61 win over Grand Island.
Senior guard Ahmad Abdo had a career-high 30 points to lift Lackawanna over St. Francis, 75-61, in the first round of the Town of Hamburg Lions Tipoff.
Will East wins in OT
Sabrina Lipowski made her free throws down the stretch as Williamsville East used a huge fourth quarter and overtime to earn a 57-49 win over Orchard Park in nonleague girls basketball.
The Flames used an 18-9 fourth quarter to gain momentum though Noelle Polancarz, who led the Quakers with 13 points, hit a shot to tie the game for Orchard Park and send it into overtime. Williamsville East outscored the Quakers, 10-2, in the extra period.
“It wasn’t pretty but we gutted it out and won the battles of the loose balls,” East coach Chris Musica said. “Orchard Park is a very good team. We did a nice job getting to the rim, getting fouled and hitting our shots.”
Lipowski hit 6 of 8 from the foul line and finished with 19 points for the Flames (2-1).
Also scoring in double figures for Williamsville East were Lauren Diduro (18 points) and Kenzie Laughlin (10 points).
Jillian Michael of the Quakers fouled out. “She’s one of our low post players and a starter for us,” OP coach Josh Dannecker said. “We were down a little bit and they took advantage of us down low.”
Elsewhere, Holy Angels opened the season with a 65-31 win over Olmsted in the Pastor-Cooper Memorial at Daemen College. Holy Angels took a 39-23 halftime lead then started the third quarter with a 19-0 run. Junior guards Jontay Walton and Awilda Murphy led the Angels. Walton had 28 points, 10 rebounds and six steals while Murphy had 22 points and five assists.