East beats Middle Early College in OT
East’s backcourt of junior Johnathon Lewis and sophomore Percy Bryant combined to score all 11 points in overtime as the Panthers beat Middle Early College, 61-52, in a Yale Cup boys basketball game played Friday night at the ECC Flickinger Center.
Bryant scored on a drive with 45 seconds left to tie the game at 45-45 and force overtime. East (5-1) takes over second place in the league while it chases McKinley.
“They are quite a tandem,” East coach Starling Bryant said of his guards. “Johnathon averages 23 points per game and Percy is at 21. That’s a tough matchup for most teams. They’re tough, quick and they can shoot.”
Quinton Campbell had 20 points and 10 boards as Kenmore West beat rival Kenmore East, 64-47. The Blue Devils outscored East, 24-5, in the third quarter to break the game open.
Dylanta Carson made both ends of a one-and-one with 17 seconds left to give CSAT a 46-44 win over Barker in the Niagara-Orleans league. They were his only points of the game. Barker’s Jacob Haight hit a three-pointer at the buzzer for the final margin.
Mount stuns No. 4 Holy Angels
Mount St. Mary picked up its biggest win of the season for first-year coach Marisa Clark, surprising No. 4 large school Holy Angels, 45-42, in a Monsignor Martin Association girls basketball game.
“Every game is close like this, this is my first year. I’m too young to have a heart attack, but I love being here, the girls work their butts off, it’s a lot of fun,” said Clark.
Mount St. Mary had several double-digit leads during the game, and was nursing a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter at 40-30. Holy Angels closed to within two points with 30 seconds left, but couldn’t get any closer.
Senior forward Marly Wyzykowski had 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Thunder (8-5), winners of three of their last four.
The Angels were led by Jontay Walton, who finished with 25 points, including eight in the fourth quarter. “We drove to the basket and we got some good shots off. Marly took three charges, and I think that pumped us up and turned a great defense into a great offense,” Clark said.
Kenmore West erupted for 19 points in the second quarter on its way to a 55-28 win over rival Kenmore East as part of a boy-girl doubleheader at East. The 55 points are a season high for the Blue Devils (2-7). Sophomore Alyssa Lesakowski had 13 points and nine rebounds.
“We really have been defending well, even in our losses,” said West coach Mike Licata. “Tonight the difference was we were able to put the ball in the basket. It’s a nice reward for a group of kids who have continued to work despite our record.”
Leah McDonell of Cardinal O’Hara had 13 points in an 87-21 win over Buffalo Seminary to close within one point of breaking the school record for most points in a career. The school record of 1,355 points has been held since 2006 by Melissa Kannelly. The Hawks’ next game is Monday when it hosts Mount Mercy at 6 p.m.
Ellie Reed broke her own single game school record with 42 points and had 10 three-pointers as Sherman crushed North Collins, 80-12.
South hosts ‘Take Down Cancer’ meet
The Williamsville South wrestling team beat rival Williamsville East, 54-15, in the second annual Take Down Cancer night, which raised approximately $1,000 for Carly’s Club.
Louis Santillo pinned his opponent with 4 seconds left in his match at 285 pounds.
Anthony Liberatore (182), Casey Nuchereno (195) and Khalim Evens (at 138) also won by pin as the Billies evened their record to 3-3 in ECIC.
“I think it was especially nice, and we competed with heavy hearts given the passing of Athletic Director]Dr. Jim Rusin,” said South coach Chris Heximer. “It was a really special night.”
The 20th Lockport Boosters/Sunrise Optimist Wrestling Tournament concludes today. Competing in the tournament will be Clarence and Lockport, the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked large schools in Section VI. Both were honorable mention in the Jan. 1 Large School State Rankings.
Koessler hosts St. Joe’s-Canisius today
No. 2 large school Canisius and No. 3 St. Joe’s face off today at 2 p.m. in a basketball game at the Canisius College Koessler Center.
It is the first season in which both games will be played at the Koessler. The remaining tickets will be available starting at 10 a.m. this morning. Ticket are $6 for reserved seats and $5 for general admission.