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O’Hara cruises at Pastor-Cooper

Cardinal O’Hara’s boys basketball team received even scoring and its reward was a 62-25 win over JFK during the first of four games at the Pastor-Cooper Memorial on Wednesday at Daemen College.

In the annual early-season scholastic basketball showcase, game MVP Zack Glowacki scored 19 points to lead the Hawks, while teammates Donel Cathcart (15 points), Jovel Littlejohn (11 points) and Amir James (10) also hit double figures.

Littlejohn, a 6-foot-5 junior, is new to O’Hara. He controlled the glass, finishing with 16 rebounds, while Cathcart had six assists and four steals.

In other games at the tournament, game MVP Clay Lewis put on a scoring display to lead Holland past Emerson, 44-35. Lewis poured in 30 points, grabbed five rebounds and had three assists to lead the Dutchmen to victory in their opener.

Cort Williams scored 23 points during Williamsville East’s 65-37 rout of Oracle.

Nichols takes charge in second half

In the first half, it seemed like Cleveland Hill just couldn’t miss as the Golden Eagles played what Nichols coach John Reinholz called a “phenomenal first half.”

But Nichols put more pressure on the Golden Eagles and once its two 6-foot-7 forwards got untracked offensively and started controlling the glass, that enabled the Vikings to earn an 83-72 win over Cleve Hill and reach the final of the Lancaster Tip-Off Tournament.

The Vikings are the defending tournament champions and will face Lancaster in Friday’s final.

Junior Tanner Schmitt scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half, while classmate and fellow 6-7 forward Cameron Lewis had 17 of his game-high 24 during the final 16 minutes. Both combined for 21 rebounds with Schmitt, a transfer from Clarence, grabbing 11.

Six-foot-5 Chris Miner grabbed nine of his 15 rebounds in the second half and also finished with 13 points and six assists as a Nichols team with a lot of new pieces opened with a victory.

Cheektowaga edges Lancaster girls

Andrea Montgomery and Markayla Feaster made sure a very good basketball game went Cheektowaga’s way as the Warriors defeated Lancaster, 64-63, in double overtime in a nonleague girls basketball showdown.

Feaster’s basket with 32 seconds left gave Cheektowaga the lead and Montgomery, whose three-pointer 30 seconds earlier had pulled the hosts within 63-62, blocked Lancaster’s game-tying bid in the paint out of bounds and followed that by stealing the ensuing inbounds pass with two seconds left.

“It was a really good game, a lot of back and forth throughout the entire game,” Cheektowaga coach Lynnae Fenton said. “At the half we were up by a point. It was basically a lot of good basketball tonight.”

Montgomery finished with 18 points, four steals and three blocks, while Feaster had 16 points and 10 rebounds as the Warriors improved to 2-0.