Kam Varner had seven of his team’s 12 points in overtime as Williamsville South survived Hutch-Tech, 83-79, in Class A-1. The game was one of 32 quarterfinal games played Friday night in the Section VI boys basketball tournament.
Hutch-Tech forced the extra session when Josh Bonilla was fouled on a three-point attempt with 6 seconds left and made all three free throws.
Sam Castronova led the Billies with 25 points, including five three-pointers. Varner finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Matt Macomber had eight assists.
Elsewhere, Hamburg avenged two regular season loss to Iroquois knocking off the No. 2 seeded Chiefs, 59-43. The No. 7 Bulldogs (11-9) outscored Iroquois, 16-8, in the second quarter. Ryan Griffin led Hamburg with 16 points. Chris Woodard netted 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as North Tonawanda beat Sweet Home, 48-39.
Devin Morris had 17 points while Varin Lenard and D’Andre Steward added 15 each as McKinley (13-6) beat Williamsville East, 76-61.
Class AA: Jamestown (14-4) had five players in double figures, paced by Zack Panebianco with 17, in a 71-53 win over Frontier. Quinn Lee Yaw added 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Clarence erupted for 23 points in the fourth quarter to pull away from Lancaster, 61-50. Emaure Williams had 16 points and Matt Sadowy had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Red Devils (16-3). Clarence will play North on Monday at Buffalo State.
Class A-2: Ed Smith had 17 points, 10 rebounds and six assists as Maryvale eliminated Pioneer, 73-46. The Flyers (12-7) take on Cheektowaga in the semifinals, a team they split with during the regular season.
Terrell Brown had 18 points and seven assists and Darian Lowe had 11 rebounds to go with his 10 points in Amherst’s 60-44 win over Lake Shore.
Zak Ciezki’s 25 points included five three-pointers as Cheektowaga survived a four-point fourth quarter to beat South Park, 60-56.
Craig Paige had 27 points and 12 rebounds for Lew-Port in a 60-55 win over East Aurora. The Lancers outscored EA, 20-10 in the fourth quarter. Class B-1: Fredonia had four players in double figures, led by John Piper with 16, in a 76-43 win over Bennett. The Hillbillies (15-4) jumped out to a 20-6 lead after the first quarter.
Depew outscored Medina, 19-7, in the third quarter on its way to a 54-31 victory. Denis Vanini had 11 points and 10 rebounds. The Wildcats held Medina to 11 points in the second half after going to a 1-3-1 zone. Mike Lamb led Depew with 19 points and eight rebounds. The Wildcats (10-10) play Olean. Class B-2: Jared Watkins had 22 points and five steals and Aaron Phillips added 19 points and nine rebounds in Cleveland Hill’s 77-53 win over Gowanda. The Eagles (14-4) will face Salamanca.
Class C-1: Senior forward Scott Tarron had a triple-double with 26 points, 14 rebounds and 10 steals as defending champion and No. 2 Middle Early College beat Cassadaga Valley, 81-44.
Guard Kevin Briggs had 24 points to surpass 1,000 in what was his final home game of his career. The Kats (14-5) will play at Jamestown.
Class C-2: Terrance James connected for 24 points and had seven assists as I-Prep Grover Cleveland advanced with an 81-39 win over Chautauqua Lake. Davon Gant added a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Class D: Panama outscored Clymer, 22-6, in the fourth quarter on its way to a 60-45 win. Greg Delahoy led the Panthers (13-6) with 17 followed by Dan Odell with 14.
Nichols hockey bows
The Nichols hockey team dropped a 3-2 decision to Shattuck- St. Mary’s of Minnesota in a nonleague home game. Shattuck (36-5-2) is the No. 1 ranked team in the country in the U-18, according to myhockeyrankings.com.
The winning goal was scoring by Alex Rodiguez with 5:30 left in the game on the power play. Nichols (16-11-5) got goals from Griffin Lunn and Nick Passafiune. Nichols goalie Anthony Tirabassi had 39 saves.
The same two teams play today at 11:30 a.m. in the Dann Memorial Rink.
Girls tourney continues
The Section VI girls basketball tournament continues on Tuesday with the Class AA quarterfinals at the high seed, the Class A-1 semifinals are at Kenmore West and Class D semis move to Chautauqua Lake.
The No. 1 seed that are still alive are Jamestown (Class AA), McKinley (Class A-1), East Aurora (Class A-2), Wilson (Class B-2), Holland (Class C-1), Olmsted (Class C-2) and Pine Valley (Class D).
On Wednesday, Class A-2 plays its semifinals at Kenmore West, Class B-1 semifinals are at Sweet Home and Class Class C-2 semifinals are at Jamestownn. On Thursday, the Class B-2 semi are at Kenmore West and Class C-1 semifinals are at Chautauqua lake.