Junior LaTerrence Reed and sophomore Howard Washington each scored 20 points to give the Canisius basketball team a first-round victory in its Keenan Classic and set up a rematch between two familiar opponents.
Canisius beat Fordham Prep of New York City, 61-50, and will meet Nazareth, also of New York City, in today’s 1:30 p.m. championship game. Canisius beat Nazareth in last year’s Keenan final before losing to them in last season’s New York State Catholic High School Athletic Association championship. Nazareth advanced with a 54-44 win over McQuaid.
Canisius sophomore Stafford Trueheart had 12 and senior Ryan Richards added 9 as four players accounted for all of the scoring.
• The 5-foot-7 point guard Alex Price had 15 rebounds, 14 points and six assists as visiting Kenmore West overcame a dramatic halfcourt shot by North Tonawanda to end the third quarter and held on for a 61-51 win.
Nehemiah Stone gave the Jacks the momentum with the long-range three at the buzzer that brought his team within 39-37. But the Blue Devils answered quickly as Noah Whalen hit his fourth three-pointer on his team’s first possession of the fourth quarter. West led the rest of the way. Whalen finished with a game-high 25 points. Terell Ford added 15 for the winners.
Justin Hollins poured in 35 for St. Joe’s in an 81-71 loss at Kellenberg Memorial in Uniondale, Long Island. The Marauders were slowed by a nine-point second quarter.
• Sterling Taplin had 18 points, six rebounds and four assists – as well as a slam-dunk finish of an alley-oop – to help Williamsville North to its first win of the season, a 58-50 ECIC I home win over Lancaster.
Dylan Lambert had three three-pointers among his 15 points while Sean Hill had nine points and five steals. Hill also set up Taplin for his alley-oop slam that put North up, 39-33, in the final minute of the third quarter. Hill then started North nicely in the fourth quarter with a three that made the lead 42-33. Lancaster made it a two-possession game at a couple of points but was unable to come any closer.
Diving with a twist
Freshman diver Drayton Ader raised his record to 4-0 in four meets in Lancaster’s 107-73 win over Jamestown in ECIC I boys swimming. He scored a season-best 193.13 in his six dives, good enough to qualify him for the postseason’s class meet. Ader transferred to Lancaster from North Carolina.
Ader has developed his skills by using parkour or free running training methods. Parkour is described as training by running through mostly urban areas while performing various gymnastic maneuvers over or on man-made obstacles such as walls and buildings.
When diving, Ader always enters the water feet first, mimicking his parkour training. “As a freshman I figured he’d do more bouncing work on the board, but the very first day he was doing doubles,” said coach Jeff Petherick. “He has a very good kinetic sense and he knows where he is in the air.”
Gleason goals lift Falcons
Jim Gleason had two goals and an assist as the Frontier hockey team dominated Batavia, 9-2, in the first round of the Batavia Blue Devils Christmas Tournament at Faletti Ice Arena in Batavia. Matt Kelley had a goal and two assists as Frontier enjoyed scoring from all four lines.
The Falcons (2-2) are the event’s defending champions.