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Cleveland Hill moves to 4-0

Defensive rebounding and hitting key shots helped Cleveland Hill remain undefeated in ECIC IV boys basketball play with a 52-44 win over Lackawanna.

Lackawanna took a 14-6 first quarter lead before Cleveland Hill’s Jared Watkins and Aaron Phillips hit three-pointers to spark the offense.

Jordan Parker scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half. Rayshawn Smalls pulled in 14 rebounds while Phillips grabbed 10 for the Golden Eagles (8-1, 4-0).

“Defensive rebounding was key for us,” said Cleveland Hill coach Jason Przybysz. “We did an excellent job on the boards, especially in the second half.”

Third quarter keys Canisius

With an outstanding third quarter and the ability to share the basketball, Canisius eased its way to a 76-41 win over St. Mary’s/Lancaster in Monsignor Martin boys basketball.

The Crusaders (7-3, 2-0 MMA) went on a 33-5 run in the third quarter.

“We stepped it up on defense and great defense led to easy baskets,” Canisius coach Kyle Husband said. “We passed the ball well. It’s something we’ve gotten better at all season and in the last two or three games we’ve really started to share and pass it around, which is making us a better team.”

Point guard Aaron White had 10 assists along with his 14 points for the top-ranked Crusaders. Adam Weir’s 20 points put him four shy of the 1,000-point mark while he added 12 rebounds.

O’Hara defeats Holy Angels

Missing two of its top players and going into the fourth quarter tied, Cardinal O’Hara needed to find a way to win. It found plenty of offense to outscore Holy Angels by 10 in the final quarter and earn a 67-57 win in a Monsignor Martin matchup.

The Hawks (8-0) got the ball inside to Kelsey McCarthy (18 points) and Sara DiPasquale (18 points, 12 rebounds), while guards Keyonte Edwards and Leah McDonnell penetrated and attacked the basket.

“We had two players out, one with injury and one with illness,” coach Dan McDermott said. “In five of our eight games we’ve had different starters because of injuries or illness and we only have eight players. We’ve had a lot of adversity in the early part of the season and I’m proud of the way the girls have handled it.”