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Macks’ defense does job

McKinley, the News’ No. 6 ranked large school team, opened up a close game with tight defense in the fourth quarter and pulled away for a convincing 75-53 victory over East in Yale Cup Division I play.

The Macks led 48-42 heading into the final quarter, then outscored East, the No. 3-ranked small school, 27-11.

“We got into some foul trouble in the first half and had to make some adjustments,” McKinley coach Zaire Dorsey said. “At the end of the third and the beginning of the fourth, we played great defense and got them out in transition. I’m very happy with the effort.”

Marcus Morris led all scorers with 18 points, while Daequan Warren had 10 points, 10 rebounds and six steals. Lovell Smith also had six steals for the Macks.

Wolverines back on track

No. 2-ranked Niagara Falls shook off back-to-back losses to Section V’s Webster Schroeder and Bishop Kearney last weekend in Rochester and dominated Kenmore West, 66-34, in a Niagara Frontier League game.

The Wolverines started the game on a 16-0 run and led 36-13 by halftime. Canisius College-signee Jermaine Crumpton led the Falls with 21 points while Vinzell Watkins added 19.

“I wasn’t so concerned about the margin of victory, but the way we started the game showed me that we learned something from last weekend,” Falls coach Sal Constantino said.

Meanwhile, Matt MacDonald scored 26 points while Canisius College-bound Adam Weir added 21 points and 10 rebounds as top ranked large school Canisius defeated Nichols, 76-63.

“It was a hard fought game and Nichols is very physical,” Crusaders coach Kyle Husband said. “But we were able to match their physical play.”

In Yale Cup Division II, Lester Diaz had 28 points and 12 steals, mostly off the 2-2-1 press, as Lafayette beat I-Prep Grover, 71-63.

Tommy Campion nailed three three-pointers and finished with 25 points for Jamestown, the area’s No. 3 large school, in the Red Raiders’ 55-41 ECIC I win over Frontier.

Also in ECIC I, five Clarence players finished in double figures led by Bryan Jost’s 15 points as the Red Devils, ranked ninth in the News’ large school poll, downed West Seneca West, 66-40. The Indians’ Nick Clancy led all scorers with 23 points.

Olean girls clinch in CCAA

Maggie Moore returned to the lineup after missing two games with a foot injury and scored 15 points with 10 rebounds and four blocks in Olean’s 60-42 victory over Dunkirk to clinch the CCAA I championship.

Rachel Painter added seven rebounds and four assists for the Huskies.

“We got off to a good start and had a 16-point lead at the half,” Olean coach Don Scholla said. “Rather than let them back into the game, we maintained the lead. Dunkirk always gives us the most trouble in our league.”

Ciara Rosten went over the 1,000-point mark for her career and did it in style with 24 points, 22 rebounds, 10 assists and seven steals in Maryvale’s 62-30 victory over Depew.

Rosten, who finished with a triple double in a contest earlier this season, has the only triple doubles in school history. She now has 1,010 points for her career.

Sarah Saba scored a game-high 18 points for Lancaster, which held off Orchard Park, 59-50 in ECIC I action. Miranda Hardy and Lacey Stamp scored 13 points each for the Redskins.

Lake Shore received 15 points and 10 rebounds from Lindsay Gearhart in the Eagles’, 44-39 triumph over Pioneer in an ECIC III matchup

Canisius athletes to sign

Today is a big day for several Canisius athletes as they will sign their National Letters of Intent.

All-Western New York wide receiver Denzel Bentonn will sign with Rhode Island. His career totals were 85 catches for 1,635 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Also signing will be Connor Cleary to Canisius College for lacrosse, Mark Hilton to Colgate for swimming, Mark Hirschbeck to Cornell for crew, All-WNY football player Ryan Hunter to Bowling Green, Peter McCarthy to the University of the South for swimming, Christian Westermeier to Canisius College for swimming and Reid Yankowski to California for crew.