Tech edges Riverside
Hutch-Tech finished a tough week with a big win as Aymanuel Radford scored on a left-handed scoop with 20 seconds left in a 70-69 win over Riverside on Friday in the Yale Cup. Riverside had three chances to win the game in the last 20 seconds, but couldn’t get a shot to fall.
The Engineers finished the week 2-1 after losing to St. Mary’s in the final of the Akron Tournament. “But this [Riverside] was the game we really had our eyes on,” said first-year Tech coach Davis Nieves. “This was a big one as far as positioning ourselves in the Yale Cup. We have McKinley and East when we come back from break.”
Josh Roosevelt, the younger brother of Naaman, who had a recent tryout with the New England Patriots, led Tech with 18 points. Radford and Jovohn Owens finished with 15 each.
Justice Feggan returned to the Riverside lineup after missing some time with a sprained ankle. He hit four three-pointers and finished with 19 points, but only managed a single free throw in the fourth quarter. “He’s one heck of a shooter; he was pulling up from NBA range and making them,” said Nieves.
Willie Smith had some clutch baskets to lead the Frontiers with 20 points.
United Way Tournament: Tommy Campion had 24 points as host Jamestown downed Bennett, 71-50, in the first round of the United Way Basketball Tournament. The Red Raiders (5-0) will face Timon/St. Jude for the title tonight at 7:30 in a matchup of two teams ranked in the top 10.
“Timon’s [3-4] record doesn’t indicate how good they are, they’ve played a tough schedule and they’ve been battling injuries,” said Jamestown coach Ben Drake. “It will be another good early-season test for us, like St. Joe’s was. It should be a pretty good battle.”
Nonleague: Johnathan Belton’s 32-point performance also included a three-pointer at the buzzer in overtime as Amherst edged East Aurora, 65-63. Belton’s game also included 10 steals and five assists. Alex Turecki had 10 rebounds and three blocks to go with his eight points. James Ritchie tied the game for East Aurora, sending it into OT. Brendan Cox led the Blue Devils with 16 followed by Richie’s 15.
Nichols survived a scare as it held on to beat Park, 69-64, in double overtime. Melvin Henley kept Park (2-5) in the game throughout as he erupted for 32 points, hitting four of his six three-pointers in the fourth quarter. “He was basically hitting everything,” said Nichols coach John Reinholz.
Nichols went to a denial-type of defense in overtime and put Adam Noonan on Henley, which helped hold him to one point. Chris Minor led Nichols with 18 points.
St. Joe’s keeps winning
The St. Joe’s hockey team, winners over Williamsville North 24 hours earlier, beat Niagara-Wheatfield on Friday night, 3-0. Eric Paradowski scored two minutes into the game, Harlan LoVullo made it 2-0 with two minutes left in the second period and Dimitrios Gogos added a goal on the power play in the third period. Goaltender Matt Goss had 21 saves for the shutout as the Marauders moved to 7-0-1.
“We knew tonight was going to be tough given the fact last night was such a big win,” said coach Rick Crozier. “We were a little worried about coming out flat, but tonight was the complete team effort. We just outworked them to be perfectly honest, I’m really proud of the boys.”
Lockport finds range
Alexis Cheatham had 21 points, making six of 14 three-point attempts, as the Lockport (2-0) girls basketball team defeated Kenmore West, 42-31, in the Niagara Frontier League. In four games Cheatham has 19 threes. “She’s smart, she can get it off, she knows when to shoot it, it’s a nice weapon,” said coach Bill Shaw.