Defense keys Canisius
With a solid defensive effort in the third quarter, Canisius earned a 64-54 win over Nazareth Regional of Brooklyn in the championship of its own Tom Keenan Classic. The Crusaders held an 18-6 advantage in the third quarter to pull away for the win.
“[Nazareth] came out with a lot of pressure and for the most part we handled that pressure and moved the ball and played as a team,” Canisius coach Kyle Husband said. “We made shots when we had to, but overall it was our defense that won that game.”
Adam Weir scored 23 points with 13 rebounds for Canisius (2-1) and Matt MacDonald had 22 points with eight rebounds.
Silver Creek moves to 6-0
A fast-break offense allowed Silver Creek to earn its sixth straight win to the take the title of the Park School tournament in a 79-57 decision over host the host Pioneers.
Kaine Kettle scored 23 points for Silver Creek (6-0). Zed Williams had 18 points, 13 assists, nine steals and nine rebounds while Billy Brooks had 13 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots.
“Right now, we’re averaging over 80 points a game,” Silver Creek coach Rob Genco said. “We run a fastbreak offense with a bunch of unselfish guys who move the ball around. Every kid on our team has the green light to shoot. They’re supposed to shoot if they’re open.”
Poreda records 49 saves
Sweet Home (5-0-1) stayed undefeated in WNY Federation hockey thanks to the play of goaltender Jimmy Poreda. The junior stopped all 49 shots he saw as Sweet Home and West Seneca East played to a 0-0 tie.
“It was back and forth and they took it to us a little bit more,” Sweet Home coach Dave Gerapach said. “He made it look easy. He ate up all the original shots or pushed the puck out to the side. For the 49 shots, they didn’t have a lot of real good scoring opportunities. He’s been rock solid for us every game.”
Portville grabs two titles
Portville’s boys and girls teams each came away with titles in the Adam Elliott Tournament.
Albanie Stives hit two free throws with less than 20 seconds left in overtime to give the Portville girls (6-0) a 41-40 win over Franklinville.
On the boys side, Zach Blask scored 22 points while Curtis Caya had 18 points and 13 rebounds to pace Portville (5-0) to a 56-43 win over Allegany-Limestone.