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St. Mary’s in good form

The St. Mary’s boys basketball team rode a 17-0 run in the third quarter to a 68-53 victory over previously undefeated Clarence in the second round of the ADPRO Sports Public/Private Challenge played Friday night at Canisius High School.

Clarence started the third quarter on a 7-0 run, but the Lancers answered in a big way over the next several minutes going on its long spurt. Matt Wrobel had a career-high 25 points and 14 rebounds and Latrell Tyson added 14 for the Lancers (2-1), ranked No. 3 in The News’ small school poll. The Red Devils entered the contest ranked No. 3 among large schools.

The event concludes today with four games pitting St. Francis vs. Cheektowaga at 11 a.m., Bishop Timon-St. Jude taking on Sweet Home at 12:30 p.m., St. Joe’s playing McKinley at 2 p.m. and Canisius hosting Olean at 3:30 p.m.

Barker still perfect

Jacob Haight scored 22 points as Barker continued it hot start to the season, improving to 5-0 with an 83-42 win over Akron in the Niagara-Orleans League. Haight has led Barker in scoring in all five games. He recently surpassed 1,000 points against Elba. Mitchell Luckman added 19 points. The 83 points are a season high for the Raiders, who average 70 points per game.

“The school and community have kept their eye on this team because they know they are a special and talented group,” said coach Dave Carson. “We have a good inside-outside presence and I’m most impressed with the way we play defense. We have some good pieces to the puzzle.”

CSAT hangs on for win

The closest game of the night might have been the most deceptive.

Charter School for Applied Technologies defeated Newfane, 68-66, after leading, 59-34, after three quarters. CSAT then cleared the bench, and the problems started to mount.

The Panthers ran off 31 points and edged closer and closer as the game’s end approached. CSAT couldn’t regain the momentum, and had to hang on for a victory.

Darius Carson led CSAT (3-1) with 28 points, including five three-pointers. Josh Kneeland led Newfane (1-4) with 19 points.

Semifinal wins

In the Frontier tournament, the host team had no trouble with Williamsville East, taking a 48-18 win to remain unbeaten at 3-0.

Next up is Nardin,which had 12 players score in a 56-47 victory over Immaculata.