Nichols breaks through
Nichols defeated St. Joe’s for the first time in its four seasons as a member of the Monsignor Martin Athletic Association Monday, handing the visiting Marauders a 67-40 boys basketball loss behind 22 points by 6-foot-7 junior Cam Lewis.
Lewis, who also had 13 rebounds, was one of three Nichols players with double-doubles. Tanner Schmit had 16 points and 12 boards while Christopher Miner had 14 points and 11 rebounds.
“Those tough close games we lost earlier in the season are starting to help give us more confidence,” said Nichols coach John Reinhold. “Our guard play (Seth Meyer and Greg White) has really improved recently. Since Meyer has come into the starting lineup we’ve played a lot better. He’s got good energy and understands his role. White is the kid who has a scholarship to LeMoyne for lacrosse. He’s finally bringing that lacrosse toughness mentality to the basketball court.”
The margin of victory over St. Joe’s surprised Reinhold.
“We came out real strong in the second half and kind of deflated them, put them on their heels,” he said. “We’re so big, they got a little big worn down.”
Sixteen-year streak ended
Cheektowaga ended a 16-year losing streak on the lanes against Maryvale on Monday when the Warriors’ girls bowlers triumphed over the Flyers, 6-1, in their ECIC Small North match at AMF Thruway Lanes. Maryvale had won the first match between the teams, 7-0.
For coach Dan Kaplan, who is also the Section VI bowling chairman, it ended a 37-match personal losing streak to Maryvale. The run began when he was coach at Williamsville South.
Kaplan wasn’t relieved Monday until the last ball had been bowled even though his A team had an 80-pin lead.
“Over the years we’ve invented ways to lose matches against Maryvale,” Kaplan said.
In the previous loss to Maryvale, no Cheektowaga bowler totaled 500 pins. This time juniors Shelby Kirst (627) and Megan Dulniak (608) led the way with 600-plus series.
“It was our best bowling of the season,” said Kaplan, whose 9-3 team clinched at least a tie for second place behind Tonawanda (12-0). Maryvale is 8-3 with one match left to bowl.
Meanwhile the Cheektowaga boys bowlers completed a 12-0 league season in ECIC Small North.
Cox sets EA point mark
Brendan Cox, a 6-foot-4 senior, broke the East Aurora single-game boys basketball scoring record Monday night when he poured in 41 points in a 68-43 ECIC III victory over Lake Shore at East Aurora.
Cox’s output, which included seven three-point baskets, topped the previous record of 40 shared by Stan Wier (2011-12) and Zack McTigue (2006-07).
In Yale Cup play, for a change it wasn’t Brian Brown who led Middle Early College to victory. Brown had 20 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists but Kevin Briggs with 26 points, 12 from three-point range, to lead the scoring in Monday’s 82-48 triumph over South Park. Middle Early College is 8-0 in League 1.
Freshman Joseph Staton had 18 points for the No. 1 ranked small school.