Nichols wins wild one at Frontier

Chris Miner had six of his 29 points in overtime as Nichols team survived a furious Frontier comeback to win, 90-87.

The Falcons trailed by 16 points late in the third quarter before going on a 20-2 run, propelled by seven three-pointers. Frontier finished with 18 threes as a team. Leading the comeback was Shawn Fisher (19 points) and Brandon Jewett (18). The pair combined for 11 threes.

“Tonight I give them all the credit, they shot with guys’ hands in their faces and had guys draped all over them. They shot the ball extremely well,” said Nichols coach John Reinholz. “It was tale of two very different teams. We’re an interior team and we have trouble defending teams on the perimeter. Our bigs were very active around the basket and finished strong.”

Liam Ryan had 19 points for Nichols, included a three-point play that sent the game into OT.

Pat Scholla had 18 points to lead 10 scorers as No. 1 small school Olean ran its record to 7-0 in CCAA I with a convincing 77-40 win over Southwestern. Wil Bathhurst and Sam Eckstrom added 15 each for the Huskies.

Frank Lewis had 11 points and Sean Marshall added 10 as Burgard beat I-Prep Grover Cleveland, 49-43, in the Yale Cup. The Bulldogs (5-1) held their opponents to 14 second-half points.

Tyler English connected for 27 points and had 11 rebounds as No. 7 small school St. Mary’s beat St. Francis, 65-54, in the Monsignor Martin Association.

Matt Wrobel grabbed 11 rebounds and Paul Rath handed out eight assists as the Lancers improved to 9-4.

No. 1 Sacred Heart moves to 11-0

Sacred Heart, the No. 1 ranked large school girls basketball tam in WNY, ran its overall record to 11-0 with a 54-32 win over Aquinas, completing a season sweep of the Little Irish. LaTrice Hall had 12 points, 12 rebounds and five assists while Hannah Rehbaum and Kelly Farrell added 12 points each. The Sharks led the entire game, even holding the Section V visitors to seven points in the first half.

Sacred Heart coach Sister Maria Pares said her team didn’t look as sharp as she had hoped and too often players were out of position. “They had matchup problems, but we weren’t exceptionally wonderful either, but we’re getting there,” she said. “I wasn’t real happy with the way we played, but I’m hard to please and I will remain that way.”

Annie Campion had 24 points and Rosa Velazquez added 22 as ECIC I leader Jamestown downed Orchard Park, 70-66, in ECIC I. Chrisana Green grabbed 16 rebounds for the Red Raiders (8-0). OP’s Jillian Michael led all scorers with 28 points.

Alexis Cheatham led four players in double figures as No. 2 large school Lockport moved to 8-0 in the Niagara Frontier League with a 61-34 win over Niagara-Wheatfield.

Cheatham finished with 15 points and three three-pointers. Melissa Smith led the Falcons with 15 points.

Jordan Beutel had 19 points as Newfane moved to 6-0 with a 42-33 win over Albion. The Panthers ended the game on a 12-1 run.

OP swimmers top Clarence

The undefeated Orchard Park boys swimming team won seven out of 12 events to top visiting Clarence, 104-82, and clinch at least a share of the ECIC I title. The Quakers moved to 10-0 overall and 6-0 in ECIC I. The loss was the first of the season for the Red Devils, last year’s ECIC I champs.

OP ’s relays swam their best times of the season. They also took 1-2 in the diving thanks to Gordon Holden and Jake Ortiz. OP sophomore Liam Hoover won the 200 IM, the 500 free and was on the winning medley and 400 free relays. Junior Nolan McArdle won the 50 free and 100 back and was on the winning medley relay.

Bo Kim won two individual events and was on two winning relays as Williamsville East beat host Lancaster, 120-57.

Kim won the 100 fly, 100 back and was on the winning 400 free and 200 medley relays. The Flames won all 12 events except for the diving. Lancaster diver Brent Carbone scored 247 points to remain undefeated in the league.