Wil Bathurst’s two free throws with 7.1 seconds left gave Olean the lead for good as the News’ No. 1 small school edged No. 5 Nichols, 72-71, to win the boys large schools championship of the IAABO Tournament at St. Bonaventure.
The game was a rematch of last year’s final in which Nichols handed Olean its only regular-season loss.
“It’s a nice win,” triumphant coach Jeff Anastasia said. “We’re playing an independent schedule so we’re playing a lot of quality teams.”
Nichols of the Monsignor Martin Association is one of them as the Vikings’ ability to score inside and outside made them tough to defend, Anastasia said.
The Huskies (6-1) trailed by four when Nick Schmidt drained a three-pointer with 58 seconds left. After Nichols failed to score on its possession, Bathurst drew a foul and got to the line.
Olean pressured the Vikings on the inbounds, forcing them to take their last timeout with 6.1 seconds left. The Huskies did much of the same when Nichols tried to inbound 25 feet away from halfcourt, forcing the Vikings into taking a desperate shot from just inside half court that missed at the buzzer.
Schmidt made eight three-pointers and led all scorers with 27 points as he earned tournament MVP honors. Bathurst finished with 18 points to earn a spot on the all-tournament team.
Chris Miner led Nichols with 20 points. He and Cam Lewis (10 points) earned all-tourney honors.
Jamestown girls win IAABO
Jamestown’s girls basketball team achieved a three-for-one deal at St. Bonaventure. The Red Raiders gained a measure of revenge, stayed unbeaten and won their second tournament of the season as they edged Bradford (Pa.), 54-53, in the large schools’ final of the IAABO Tournament.
Tournament MVP Chrisanna Green posted a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead Jamestown, which led by four as the seconds ticked away until Bradford hit a three-pointer with one second left. The Red Raiders, ranked second among large schools in the News poll, improved to 8-0 overall and captured their second tournament title of the season.
They lost to Bradford in last year’s tourney final.
In the consolation game, Randolph crushed Olean, 61-31, behind Mckenna Maycock’s game-high 29 points.
Elsewhere, in the Matt Colpoys Tournament final at Kenmore West, Iroquois beat Nardin, 53-44, as Colleen Wirth led all scorers with 18 points. She scored 39 points during the Chiefs’ two tournament wins. Marissa Parker added eight rebounds for the winners.
Probst sets OP mark
Junior Abbie Probst set the Orchard Park school record for single-game blocked shots during the Quakers’ 51-42 win over Hamburg in the first round of the Orchard Park Tournament.
The 6-foot-1 Probst finished with 10 blocks as OP (3-2) dealt Hamburg (5-1) its first loss while advancing to today’s tournament final against Clarence. Jaymie Druding set the old record of eight blocked shots back in 2010.
At the McKinley Tournament, Tapestry edged Cheektowaga, 59-57, as Division I-bound Adila Gathers (19 points) drove the lane and hit a bank shot just before the final buzzer sounded to end regulation. McKinley edged Olmsted, 57-53, as Daesha Thomas poured in a game-high 20 points.
West tops in West Seneca
West Seneca West bolted to a 19-6 first-quarter lead and made all but five of its free-throw attempts as the Indians beat town rival West Seneca East, 55-42, in the championship game of the West Seneca Tournament. It’s West’s second straight title in the event.
West’s pressure at half court forced seven turnovers in the opening eight minutes as West seized control. Nick Clancy earned tournament MVP honors for the Indians, finishing with 19 points and 11 rebounds. He went 6 for 6 at the foul line as West shot 18 for 23 from the charity stripe. Clancy had 22 points and 10 rebounds, including six three-pointers, during his team’s first-round win over Olmsted.
Chris Walker and Evan Koehler each had 10 points in the win, while Nick Purka scored a game-high 22 points to lead West Seneca East.
Frontier, North hockey win
Frontier, which earlier this season won the Batavia Holiday Tournament, has a shot at earning its second in-season hockey tournament championship.
The Falcons defeated host III-Cortland, 4-0, at the Cortland Christmas Tournament. Nate Sawicki had a goal and an assist, while Tyler Gaglia, Brandon Galanti and Phil Stamer also scored. Ryan Casca made 18 saves for the shutout as Frontier plays in the final at 1:45 p.m. today.
At the Shen Classic, Williamsville North (5-2-1) defeated Sheneneehowa, 6-4, as Bryce Ferrel scored twice in the win.