East’s Lewis lights it up

Jonathon Lewis had 27 points and was named the game’s most valuable player as East opened its season with a 74-51 win over Bishop Timon-St. Jude. The game was part of the Pastor-Cooper Memorial tournament at Daemen College.

“No complaints at all,” East coach Starling Bryant said about his team’s opener. “Jonathon is fast approaching 1,000 points. He had a heck of a game.”

A.J. Ayala added 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists for East, while Percy Bryant chipped in with eight assists and five steals.

In other tournament games, Cheektowaga defeated Depew, 55-50. Preston Summers had 13 points with three three-pointers for the Warriors. Derrick Sekuterski led all scorers with 19 points for Depew. Hutch-Tech thumped Tapestry, 86-70, as Devonte Edwards had 33 points. St. Mary’s of Lancaster knocked off Middle Early College, 63-58. McKinley beat Kenmore West, 56-50, led by Varin Lenard’s 17 points.

Elsewhere, Iroquois felt right home in knocking off Orchard Park, 54-40, in the first round of its tournament. Phil Bowen led the way for the Chiefs with 20 points.

“Defensively we came out on fire,” Iroquois coach Sean Lauber said. “We forced 18 steals and attacked. That’s what we need to do this year.”

Next up for Iroquois is Kenmore East in the championship game.

Sheehan paces Magic

In girls basketball, Emily Sheehan won tournament MVP honors as Mount Mercy took the West Seneca West Tournament with a 46-26 win over Depew. She finished with 13 points, seven steals, six rebounds and three blocks.

Sam Wayne had 10 points for the Wildcats. West Seneca West beat West Seneca East, 59-18, in the consolation game.

After four years away from coaching the sport, Williamsville East coach Chris Durr won in his return to the bench as the Flames beat Iroquois, 48-40. Erica Martinsen had 11 points for the Flames.

Newfane’s defense was particularly stingy in a 31-20 victory over North Tonawanda in the Maryvale Tournament. The Panthers allowed only five points in the second half.

Newfane advanced to the championship game, which will be played on Saturday afternoon at 3, against Maryvale, which defeated St. Mary’s of Lancaster, 39-16.