Sterling Taplin and George Attea had big final quarters as No. 6 large school Williamsville North used a 20-13 fourth quarter to earn a 57-49 nonleague victory over No. 10 Riverside and senior standout Justice Feggans, who scored 33 to surpass the 1,000-point mark for his career.
Junior Taplin (five steals) scored 10 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter. Attea, a 6-foot-4 sophomore forward who was in foul trouble and grabbed eight rebounds, scored five of his seven points in the fourth, in which he also had two assists.
Feggans now has 1,006 points.
Will North (3-0) opens ECIC I play at No. 8 Clarence Friday night.
Will South hoops starts 4-1
Williamsville South is off to a 4-1 start under new coach Gabe Michael after a strong start gave it a 55-50 victory over host St. Mary’s in the final game of the Monsignor Martin-ECIC Challenge.
It was South’s second win in two days after a 51-47 win at rival Williamsville East on Tuesday.
“The East game was pretty emotional — we started so free-flowing,” said Michael, whose team went up, 38-23 at halftime. “Then it just stopped, and we really had to grind. It kind of caught up to us in the end. They came roaring back.”
St. Mary’s rallied to within three points late in the fourth quarter when sophomore Sam Castronova (14 points) scored while being fouled for a three-point play and a six-point South lead; he later added two free throws.
Senior Chaq Nettles had 13 points while senior Damian Powers had seven points and nine rebounds. Paul Rath led St. Mary’s (3-2) with 12.
Brown’s 38, dunk lift MEC
Junior forward Bri’an Brown had 38 points and his “monster” dunk was part of a big 31-18 fourth quarter as Middle Early College rallied to beat CSAT, 79-74.
“Bri’an was hot the entire game,” said MEC coach Randy Rich. “He played like a man. He had several dunks, and he had a monster dunk in the fourth. He can carry a team when he needs to.”
The Kats (3-0), who dressed only eight players due to academic issues, trailed, 56-48, entering the fourth quarter. All but one of the Kats’ points came from three players: Brown, senior Kier Anderson (21) and junior Kevin Briggs (19).
“We were struggling, but we picked it up at the end of the third and put a press on,” said Rich. “Today [Brown] carried us in the first and fourth quarters, and Briggs and Anderson did the things we needed in the middle.”
Jared Bauerlien scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, including a three-pointer with 4.9 seconds to play to give North Collins a 63-60 victory over Gowanda. That big shot followed a game-tying four-point play by Lucas Brawdy (13 points) with 15 seconds left. Jared Keppel had 32 points and 12 rebounds for North Collins while Zach Stevens had 22 points and 15 rebounds for Gowanda.
Big day for Clay-May, Pioneer
Darnell Clay-May is picking up this wrestling thing just fine.
The Pioneer junior heavyweight, who is in his first season of wrestling, scored a pin 2:40 into the final bout of the match to lift the Panthers to a 43-35 victory over Cheektowaga.
Clay-May was trailing, 2-0, in his 285-pound match when he scored the pin 40 seconds into the second period. He chose the neutral position in the second.
“He said, ‘Coach, if you put me in neutral, I can take him down,’ “ said Pioneer coach Chris Edwards. “This is all brand new to him. He’s really been picking up on things. For a big guy, he’s such a hard worker and he wants to excel.”
Other new wrestlers helped Pioneer to the victory and a 3-0 start. Freshman Jacob Hoffman won by pin at 152 in his first-ever match while freshman Sam Fay won in overtime at 120.
“It was awesome,” Edwards said of Clay-May’s match-clincher. “Our stands were packed and the crowd went nuts.”
PrepTalkTV gets ‘Mic’d up’
Get an inside look and listen at Tuesday’s boys basketball showdown between Canisius and Olean at the Prep Talk blog at buffalonews.com. Olean coach Jeff Anastasia and Canisius coach Kyle Husband wore microphones for PrepTalkTV, providing a great perspective on the Huskies’ 76-73 victory.
News reporters Lauren Mariacher and Keith McShea will discuss the feature on this week’s live episode of PrepTalkTV Sunday, seen at 8:30 p.m. at buffalonews.com. That follows The News’ Bills postgame show, [BN]TheHuddle, at 7:30.