East gets big road win
McKinley earned a road win at East earlier this season. On Thursday, East returned the favor, as the Panthers took a 74-67 win at McKinley.
East’s guards took over the game in the second half, hitting outside shots and penetrating for lay-ups. Percy Bryant had 15 of his 33 points in that span, and he added 10 steals. Johnathon Lewis – who recently went past 1,000 points for his career – scored 12 of his 18 points.
Michael Simpson had 47 points, including seven three-pointers, but he couldn’t lead Emerson past Buffalo Arts. The Cavaliers took an 89-81 win in overtime.
Williamsville South claimed a share of the ECIC II title with a 69-64 win over Iroquois. Kam Varner had 18 points for the Billies, while Sam Castronova had 15.
“Castronova had 14 points in the second half,” assistant coach Christian Badillo said. “He came up big for us. That’s been our m.o. this season. We only had 23 points at the half, and we ended up with 69.”
Badillo said his team has won four straight league games.
Clarence clinched a share of the ECIC I division title with a 66-60 win over Lancaster. It’s the first time the Red Devils have done that since entering the league in 2000. ... Donte Williams had 22 points and seven rebounds to pace Bishop Timon-St. Jude in a 60-56 win over St. Joe’s in the MMA. ... In Niagara-Orleans play, Barker’s Jacob Haight had 21 points in a 81-52 win over Albion.
Salamanca’s fans had plenty to shout about during and after a 68-64 win over Randolph. Its first CCAA East 1 divisional championship in more than a decade will do that.
“That’s the loudest I’ve ever seen our gym – games, assemblies, anything,” coach Brian Koscielniak said. “Randolph brought some fans along, our fans were great. It was a great high school basketball game.”
The Warriors only had five players score, but the offense was balanced with four having at least 13 points in the game. Jared Fish had 18 points and 15 rebounds to lead the way.
“He’s been a double-double machine this season for us,” Koscielniak said.
McKinley claims Cup
In girls basketball, McKinley wrapped up the Canisius Cup with a 65-43 win over East. The Macks improved to 12-0 in conference play and 16-2 overall. Daesha Thomas had 25 points and seven assists for McKinley.
Elsewhere, Danyae Barclay had a rare quadruple-double for Bennett. She finished with 26 points, 17 rebounds, 11 assists and 13 blocks in a 65-62 overtime win over Hutch-Tech.
In Msgr. Martin play, Jontay Walton had 27 points to pace four O’Hara players in double figures in a 72-47 victory over Mount St. Mary.
Emily Lasher had 18 points for Wilson (14-0) in a 54-19 win over Newfane.
Zak lifts Sweet Home
In a WNY Federation prequarterfinal hockey game, Sweet Home surprised West Seneca East, 4-2, as Connor Zak netted the game-winner. The losing Trojans had been dropped to a seventh seed after a great regular season because of a program infraction.
Stephen Hermann had two goals for Kenmore West in a 5-2 win over Williamsville South.