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Nichols escapes Walsh

It looked a little grim for Nichols with four minutes left, down by seven to an Archbishop Walsh team playing a phenomenal game. But the Vikings applied pressure on the host’s backcourt, forced some steals leading to scoring chances and were able to hit free throws down the stretch to earn a 59-54 win in Olean on Friday.

It’s Nichols’ third win in as many games in Olean as the Vikings won the IAABO Tournament at St. Bonaventure last week, which included a championship game win over Small Schools No. 1 Olean.

The Vikings led 30-20 at halftime but Walsh turned things around in the third quarter with the three-ball as freshman Adam Moore came in and canned three treys and scored all 11 of his points during the frame.

But Nichols’ Adam Noonan and Cameron Lewis combined for 10 points in the final four minutes to help the Vikings (9-1) escape.

“The Walsh team just played a phenomenal game,” Nichols coach John Reinholz said. “I was very impressed with them. We were fortunate to force a few turnovers late in the game. Other than that, they had us.”

Noonan finished with 15 points, while Lewis had 13.

Jake Chapman scored a game-high 16 points for Walsh, which made 12 three-pointers to Nichols’ three.

EA nips Maryvale

It was a gritty, nip-and-tuck game with physical play. In other words, it was a typical East Aurora versus Maryvale boys basketball game in ECIC III. The host Blue Devils earned a 55-52 win, a verdict that wasn’t secure until Maryvale missed a tough three-pointer at the buzzer.

EA led by eight with 1:30 left but the Flyers chipped away and pulled within one on Ed Smith’s three-pointer. Ian Allen made two free throws with 15 seconds left to boost EA’s lead to three as the senior finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

“I think we were on the fortunate end of a couple bounces at the end. ... It was nice to have a senior like Ian Allen step up and hit two free throws at the end and give us that cushion so we had to force them to shoot the three,” EA coach Chris Koselny said.

Brendan Cox led the winners with 16 points, while Smith had 16 for Maryvale.

Elsewhere, Springville held host Global Concepts to just three fourth-quarter points to turn a two-point deficit into a 58-47 nonleague win. Billy Dickinson had 22 points, canning five three-pointers, for the Griffins, who trailed 44-42 after three quarters. Greg Beatty added 12 points in the win.

Falls wins in a rout

In the Niagara Frontier League, Jermaine Crumpton had 32 points, 14 rebounds, and Ramir Burton added 17 points and seven assists as Niagara Falls rolled host Grand Island, 96-41.

Jack Mulcahy’s two free throws with nine seconds left provided the winning points for Niagara-Wheatfield in a 52-51 win over Kenmore East. Mulcahy finished with 16 points.

North Tonawanda warded off a furious fourth-quarter rally by Lockport to escape with a 57-53 win. Ian Gilhousen led the way for the Jacks with 16 points, while Joe Piotrowski and Nehemiah Stone each had 12. NT led 45-29 after three quarters.

Roy-Hart edges Medina

Roy-Hart blitzed host Medina with a 27-7 first quarter and then held off the Mustangs’ furious rally to earn an 84-83 boys basketball win in the Niagara-Orleans League.

“We just shot a very high percentage early in the game. As I was telling their coach for us it seemed like we couldn’t miss in the first half and then they couldn’t miss in the second half,” coach Mark Rydza said.

Brad Bobbitt scored a game-high 27 points to lead the Rams (5-1, 2-0), while teammate Blake Copella added 23 points. Jason Hellwig led Medina scorers with 21 points, sinking six of his team’s 14 three-pointers. The Mustangs had ball and threw lob pass intercepted by Alex Stoddard with five seconds left to preserve the win.

Elsewhere, Senior Darnell Carson scored 20 of his game-high 35 points in the fourth quarter for CSAT, whose zone defense sparked a 28-16 fourth quarter to pull out a 75-71 win at Newfane.

Middle College wins

Brian Brown had a double-double of 10 points and 16 rebounds, while Keir Anderson scored 24 points for Middle Early College in a 67-47 win over Bennett in the Yale Cup. Kevin Briggs had 17 points and Elijah Mingo added five assists for the Kats.

Jordan Garrett had 25 points and nine assists, while Lenny Dowell added 22 points as Emerson beat Buffalo Arts, 62-39.

Sean Marshall had 10 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks, while Raymond Harris poured in 17 points as Burgard beat MST Seneca, 64-49.

Sacred Heart rallies

Sacred Heart crashed the boards in the fourth quarter and rallied from a three-point deficit to stay unbeaten in girls basketball with a 55-49 win at Holy Angels in the Monsignor Martin Association.

The key to the win for the Sharks (7-0, 2-0) was scoring second-chance points in the fourth quarter as they pulled down five offensive rebounds. La’Trice Hall had 15 points and 12 rebounds for Sacred Heart, while Hannah Rehbaum added 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Sacred Heart blitzed Holy Angels early as the Angels’ attempts at pressing the Sharks led to fast break points as well as three-pointers by Kelly Farrell, Rehbaum and Chelsea Smith.

“It was a great win for our kids,” Sacred Heart assistant coach Debbie Laux said. “They hustled and played a great game.”

Jontay Walton scored a game-high 28 points to lead Holy Angels (6-3, 2-2).

Elsewhere in MMA, Kelsey McCarthy had 16 points and 12 rebounds and Leah McDonnell had 14 points and eight assists for Cardinal O’Hara (7-0, 1-0) in a 68-35 win over Mount St. Mary (5-2, 1-1). The Hawks trailed 13-12 after the first quarter but outscored their guests 44-15 during the middle quarters.

Danielle Devole’s double-double of 24 points and 16 rebounds led Niagara Catholic to a 48-39 win at Buffalo Seminary.

Deas scores 57 in I-Prep win

Tatiana Deas delivered a record-setting performance for I-Prep/Grover during its 74-40 win over da Vinci. Deas, a junior, scored a school-record 57 points on 22-of-28 shooting. She also set the school mark for three-pointers in a game with eight and also chipped in six steals and six assists.

Deas is now 128 points away from 1,000 for her career.

“She plays really hard every game,” coach Chris Gelsomino said. “Today I think she played extra hard. She was unable to play in yesterday’s game [due to work] and the team lost by 40 points so I think she knew she owed us. We didn’t try to run the score up. We only had five girls. ... She was absolutely fantastic. She was patient. She waits for her shot. If it’s open, she takes it and she can drive to the hoop as well as anyone I’ve seen in the city.”

Oursler hits milestone

Cassie Oursler became the fifth player in Grand Island history to score 1,000 career points as the 6-foot-3 senior achieved the milestone in the fourth quarter on a layup during the Vikings’ 56-49 win over Niagara Falls in the Niagara Frontier League. Oursler, who will play Division I ball at Robert Morris, finished with 14 points and now has 1,005 in her career.

“It’s great that she got that. She’s been working hard. She signed with Robert Morris earlier this year. That was a big milestone for her. She’s accomplished two big things this year,” coach Jenepher Banker said.

N-W skates past OP

Orchard Park scored the first goal of the game but Niagara-Wheatfield scored the final four in a 4-1 triumph in boys WNY Hockey Federation play. Anthony Vekich had a goal and an assist in the second period, his goal with 18 seconds left in the frame breaking a 1-1 tie. Mike Parise, John Liberti and Andrew Connelly also scored for the Falcons (7-2, 3-2). Tyler Riter scored for OP.

Gehen scores seven

Erin Gehen scored seven goals and two assists for West Seneca in a 10-6 girls WNY Federation Hockey win over Lancaster. Molly Sikorski scored twice, while Kristen Sikorski also scored for West Seneca, which beat Amherst/Sweet Home, 7-6, on Thursday.