For the first time since the late 1980s, Kenmore West is packing its bags for the final four. The Blue Devils held on to beat host Williamsville North, 56-53, in a Section VI Class AA boys basketball quarterfinal Friday.
Kenmore West, which has never played at Buffalo State, will face Niagara Falls in the semifinals Thursday.
Alex Price made five three-pointers to lead West with 21 points. West lost in this round last year to North by one point.
Sterling Taplin almost carried North to the win. He scored 16 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter to cut into West’s 12-point lead with four minutes left. Ken West was left to scramble in the fourth quarter after Quinton Campbell fouled out and Adam Fron broke his nose.
North hit a three-pointer to start the game for its only lead and played catch-up the rest of the way.
Jermaine Crumpton scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Niagara Falls past North Tonawanda, 61-50. Ramir Burton added 16 points for the Wolverines.
Also in Class AA, the fans got their money’s worth at Clarence. Two of the hotter teams down the stretch played a back-and-forth fourth quarter until the host Red Devils took the lead for good late en route to a 65-54 win over Lockport. Clarence entered on an 8-1 run, while the Lions were on an 8-2 roll. Ryan Funk scored a game-high 33 points to lead Clarence. His three-pointer with three minutes left gave the Red Devils the lead for good after the teams had exchanged the advantage several times in the quarter. Tanner Schmit had a triple-double of 19 points, 14 rebounds and 11 blocks and followed Funk’s go-ahead trey with a putback.
“It was an exciting game,” Clarence coach Todd Banaszak said. “That fourth quarter was something to be seen. It was great basketball.”
Class A-1: Mike Calandra’s tip-in with 15 seconds left gave Williamsville South a 70-69 win over Williamsville East. Chaq Nettles scored a game-high 27 points to lead South, which forced East to miss its shot for the win in the closing seconds. Cort Williams had 26 points to lead the Flames. ... Kole Gilchrist had 18 points, while Michael Torrillo added 17 points and eight rebounds as Sweet Home advanced with a 58-44 win over Ken East. ... Ayemanuel Radford had 12 points, 13 rebounds and went 6 of 7 from the line to highlight Hutch-Tech’s 76 percent shooting from the free-throw line in its 59-38 rout of Hamburg. Jovohn Owens led the winners with 18 points. The Bulldogs tried to slow Hutch-Tech, but Tech kept the pressure on, pressing them the whole game. ... Marcus Morris had 20 points as McKinley beat Grand Island, 96-52.
Class A-2: Tyrell Mitchell had 26 points and 10 assists as South Park advanced with a 68-58 win over visiting Lake Shore. Clark Brueckl of the Eagles led all scorers with 29 points, including five three-pointers. ... Nate Wilkinson had 28 points as Iroquois beat Cheektowaga, 73-69, to earn its first trip to the semifinals in nine years. Matt Keating has 15 points and 13 rebounds and Zach Emer added 14 boards. The Warriors’ Zak Ciezki kept his team in the game with 37 points, which included seven three-pointers. ... Nick Mansour had 20 points and Mark Anthony Paonessa 14 as Lew-Port edged Pioneer, 55-51.
Class B-1: Max Aikin scored nine of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and hit 6 of 6 free throws late as Maryvale downed Bennett, 54-41. Edward Smith added 14 points with eight boards. The Flyers (13-6) take on No. 1 seed Olean at Buffalo State. ... Grant Haffenden had 14 points as East Aurora beat Alden, 58-48.
Class B-2: Jaquille Peay had 14 points as CSAT had three players hit double figures during its 56-44 win over City Honors. ... Jonathan Lewis was one of four players in double figures as East beat Southwestern, 70-43. Lewis finished with 19 points while Jonathan Kinley added 17. East (13-6) will play Cleveland Hill at Buffalo State in the semis. Cleve Hill beat Roy-Hart, 75-57, as Aaron Phillips had 29 points and 10 rebounds, and Jordan Parker added 20 points, seven boards and three assists.
Class C-1: Bryce Morrison had 15 of his 27 points, making four of his seven threes, in the third quarter, as Randolph advanced with a 68-61 win over Tapestry. ... Bri’an Brown had 29 points and 16 rebounds as No. 1 seed Middle Early College cruised past Allegany-Limestone, 88-43.