Canisius wins in Rochester
Canisius, Olean and Jamestown took their talented teams down to the RAP Invitational in Rochester on Saturday for a test against Section V’s teams.
Top-ranked Canisius had an easy time with Webster-Schroeder, 71-55, as Harold Washington scored 24 points. Olean’s Wil Bathhurst scored 36 points to go over 1,000 for his career, but the Huskies fell to Greece Athena, 82-72. Meanwhile, a steal and some clutch free throws by Zack Kinsey helped Jamestown to a 76-69 overtime win over Rochester East High.
Elsewhere in non-league play, Oracle Charter rallied by scoring 28 points in the final 12 minutes of the game to pull off a surprising, 52-48, victory over Maritime.
After an Oracle turnover, Maritime scored a basket with 11 seconds left in regulation for a two-point lead. Oracle point guard Antone Gulledge (15 points) pushed the ball up court and lofted a floater with three seconds remaining that bounced on the rim three times before falling through as time expired to force overtime.
Oracle outscored Maritime, 9-5, in overtime to win.
“This team has searched for signature win this year and this was one of those games that could really bring this team together,” Oracle coach Brian Pawloski said. “Last year we had a 19-game winning streak and had an upset over McKinley and this year we’ve taken a little longer than we’ve liked to get this team going in the right direction.”
I-Prep/Grover and MST Seneca were locked in a wild battle until I-Prep’s Xavier Maye scored the winner off an assist from Davon Gant with 8.1 seconds remaining to propel the Presidents to a 69-68 win in Yale Cup Division II play.
I-Prep trailed 60-45 heading into the final period but outscored MST Seneca 24-8. Maye finished with 18 points, Gant 17 and Damon Boykin 11. Jamaal Felton poured in a game high 30 points for MST Seneca.
Quick goals aid Grand Island
Grand Island, which lost five one-goal games this season, finally got a breakthrough against Kenmore West.
The Vikings scored twice in the final 27 seconds to pull out a 4-3 victory over Kenmore West in Federation boys hockey.
Brenden Pratt, who also added an assist, scored the winner with 18 seconds left, 9 seconds after the Vikings knotted the game at 3 with a goal off a faceoff with the goalie pulled.
Newfane wrestlers win
Newfane captured the Niagara-Orleans Wrestling Championship by claiming six individual titles.
Newfane finished with 291 points followed by Akron (206), Barker/Roy-Hart (188), Albion (129), Medina (126) and Wilson 74. The Panthers (17-1, 5-0) have suffered just one loss this season to Camden of Section III.
“It really capped off our year because we were undefeated in the league throughout the year,” Newfane coach Sal Montesanti said. “I’m really happy for our six individual champions which is a real high number.”
Taking home first place for the Panthers were Andrew Gelyon (126), Paul Dunbar (132), Cyrus Simmons (138), Nate Martin (145), Jake Kubala (170), and Jake Warner(220). Martin was named the most outstanding wrestler.