Boykin gives I-Prep win
Damone Boykin hit the winning layup with 9.1 seconds left to give I-Prep/Grover Cleveland a 53-51 win over host Lockport in the Lions boys basketball tournament.
Boykin finished with 10 points while Justin Landford had 14 points, 15 rebounds and three blocked shots.
I-Prep will face St. Joe’s in the championship game of today’s Lockport Tournament after the Marauders earned an 80-48 win over Williamsville East.
St. Joe’s forced 20 turnovers in the game and their half-court trap proved key in the second quarter when the Marauders outscored the Flames, 25-9.
Jordan Glover scored 17 points on an 8-of-11 shooting night to pace St. Joe’s. He added nine assists and eight steals. Daniel Maher added 14 points with four rebounds.
Cort Williams led Williamsville East with 17 points.
North Tonawanda edges rival
Joe Piotrowski grabbed a key loose ball as North Tonawanda held on for a 48-43 win over Tonawanda in an early-season rivalry game in boys basketball.
The Lumberjacks were up by as many as 10 late in the game, but Tonawanda hit a pair of late three-pointers to make a stab at a comeback.
Piotrowski hit a timely three-pointer in the third quarter en route to his game-high 13 points. Then as the game was winding down, he made a key defensive play.
“With about 1:30 left on the clock, he dove on the floor to grab a ball that was tipped into the back court,” North Tonawanda coach Ryan Mountain said. “That was the play of the game. It was huge for us.”
Nehemiah Stone finished with eight points, four assists and four rebounds while hitting key free throws down the stretch.
“Over our three games we’ve shown growth every game. If we take one step every week, we’ll be right where we need to be come sectionals.”
Clayton Hess scored 12 points for Tonawanda.
Mathias nets game-winner
Brianna Mathias scored the game-winning goal with less than five minutes left to give Kenmore a 3-2 win over West Seneca West in girls Western New York Federation hockey. Mathias also had two assists for Kenmore (2-1).
Meanwhile Cassandra Hopkins had two goals and an assist as Williamsville blanked Lancaster, 6-0. Theresa Meosky had the shutout for Williamsville (3-1).