Jamestown dominates second half
Senior guard Tommy Campion had 24 points and junior forward Quinn Lee Yaw had a career-high 21 as Jamestown used a dominant fourth quarter to earn an ECIC I win at Clarence, 64-51.
Jamestown, the No. 3 large school, won the fourth quarter, 22-13, against the No. 9 Red Devils.
“We played great defense in the fourth quarter,” said Jamestown coach Ben Drake. “We had some good interior passing and got several layups in the fourth.
“Quinn did a really, really nice job tonight. He’s really progressing and it’s nice to be able to have that as a strength to offset what Tommy does.”
Oracle nabs signature win
In its fourth year of varsity boys basketball, Oracle Charter finally picked up its signature win.
Oracle’s Gerald Bibbs had his ninth double-double of the season with 18 points and 16 rebounds as the Phoenix defeated McKinley, 80-75, in a nonleague game.
“We’re 14-1 now but hadn’t really beaten anyone of merit,” Oracle coach Brian Pawlowski said. “McKinley is a top-notch program and this is the first real signature win in our fourth year. The last two years we’ve started to put together some good teams with good kids.”
Three players were in double figures along with Bibbs – Eric Waters (18), Jamarr Cunningham (17) and Julius Allen (13).
But the players who end up in the box score aren’t the only key members for the Phoenix.
“There were four guys on the bench today who did not get in the game and a couple of guys who just got a few minutes,” Pawloski. “We stressed the importance of those guys, pushing their teammates and working hard in practice to get better. The commitment level is what has made such a difference.”
Amherst edges Maryvale
Johnathan Belton had 10 rebounds and 12 assists while Alex Turecki had 17 points and 12 rebounds to pace Amherst to a key 53-48 win over host Maryvale in ECIC III boys basketball.
With the win, Amherst improved to 9-0 in league play and 12-1 overall.
“In the third quarter we picked up our intensity and played more disciplined on defense,” Amherst coach Chris Kensy said. “We were winning the 50-50 battles and took a couple of charges and that was the difference.
“We hadn’t won at Maryvale in 10 years. They’ve had our number. This was definitely a great team win. It was a sectional-type of atmosphere and very physical with big shot after big shot. We pulled together as a team and came up with a nice win.”
Transition keys Sacred Heart
Defense continues to be the hallmark for Sacred Heart’s girls basketball team. Combine that with its best shooting night of the season and the top-ranked Sharks ran away with a 73-29 win over seventh-ranked Holy Angels in Monsignor Martin action.
Sacred Heart (15-0) generated points off the fast break and in transition to build a 30-12 halftime lead. La’Trice Hall scored 22 points with 13 rebounds and five assists while Sarah Young had 10 points and eight rebounds. Chelsea Smith had five points, five assists and five steals while anchoring the Sharks’ defense.
State championship pages
The next edition of our state championship pages honoring teams from the fall will be dedicated to the Eden girls volleyball team on Sunday.