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It’s Magical win for Mercy

It was only fitting that Allison Balys was one of the heroines for Mount Mercy in the championship game of the 27th Matt Colpoys Memorial Tournament at Kenmore West Saturday night. Balys is the niece of Colpoys, one of five firefighters from Buffalo Ladder Company No. 5 who was killed in a propane explosion on Dec. 27, 1983. Besides his duties as a firefighter, Colpoys was an official for boys and girls basketball, football and baseball.

Mount Mercy trailed the whole game against Sweet Home until Balys tied the game at 34-all with a layup with 30 seconds left in regulation. In the overtime, Mercy broke through Sweet Home’s press and scored a 44-39 victory. Emily Sheehan scored five of the Magic’s eight points in the overtime and finished with 16. Kerry McGough had 11 points and eight rebounds for Mount Mercy and was at her best during the fourth-quarter rally.

Mount Mercy, which upset Iroquois in the first round, is now 5-0, the same number of wins the Magic registered all of last season.

Canisius falls in D.C.

Host Georgetown Prep defeated Canisius High School, 80-68, for the consolation championship of the Father George National Jesuit Christmas Classic in North Bethesda, Md. The Hoyas broke open a close game by outscoring the Crusaders, 28-15, in the third quarter. Canisius, which lost to Juniper Serra (Calif.) 77-39 in Thursday’s opening round, had rebounded with a 67-45 win over Loyola Brakefield (Md.) on Friday.

Adam Weir had 22 points for Canisius in Saturday’s loss while Patrick MacDonald added 11.

Lancers win Depew title

Corey Kiebzak hit two of his three three-point shots in the fourth quarter to help break the game open and St. Mary’s of Lancaster went on to defeat Lancaster, 53-38, in the championship game of the Depew Tournament in boys basketball. The Lancers (7-2) outscored the Redskins, 16-6, in the final period after taking a 37-32 lead into the frame. Lancaster led 18-17 at halftime.

Tournament MVP Paul Rath led the scoring for St. Mary’s with 14. Kiebzak had 13. Tylor English, who had 11 points for the Lancers, and Tyler Lis, who led Lancaster with 12 points, also made all-tournament.

Mitchell leads South Park

South Park (7-2) turned to its full-court press in overtime, outscored host Springville, 10-2, and went on to a 65-58 victory over the Griffins in the championship game of the Emerling Ford Holiday Tournament.

Senior Tyrell Mitchell led the Sparks with 34 points, six in the overtime period. He and teammate Keion Godson made all-tournament. Billy Dickinson led Springville with 21 points.

West Seneca West tops relays

West Seneca West led the girls and combined boys and girls team scoring while Clarence was first among boys teams in the Section VI Indoor Western New York Track and Field Relays at Fredonia State. WSW took the girls title without a first place. but claimed finished second in seven of the 14 events. Clarence won the boys 4x800, 1,600, 4x400 and pole vault in the boys meet to edge Sweet Home 58-57. West Seneca West led the girls meet with 79 points and had a combined score of 134.

Clarence, Ken West icers win

Tristian Drescher scored three goals and Brian Ruff added a pair for Clarence (4-3) in a 6-1 boys Western New York Hockey Federation victory over Kenmore East. Chris Selak had two goals and two assists to lead Kenmore West (5-4) over Amherst, 9-1.