Turnabout is apparently fair play when Burgard and Traditional meet on the basketball court.
The two Yale Cup schools staged another one of the their classics Thursday night at the Wilson Tournament, with Burgard roaring from behind for an 80-79 victory over the No. 1 small school in The Buffalo News Poll.
The Bulldogs wiped out an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to earn the win -- just as Traditional did to them in its 74-73 win over Burgard in last February's Section VI Class C quarterfinals.
Reserve Morrell Buster, who scored only four points, capped the comeback on a basket with 13 seconds left for Burgard. Rodrick Heard led the Bulldogs (4-2), ranked sixth among small schools, with 28 points and 11 rebounds. Lyman Mitchell added 17 points.
Colin Rhodes paced Traditional (3-2) with 24 points and Marlow Winston added 22.
Burgard will meet Wilson (6-1), a 77-56 winner over Beamsville (Ont.) in tonight's championship game. The Lakemen got 23 points from John Emborsky and 15 from Jeff Davis.
Matt Enstice (16 points) hit a three-pointer with 4:30 left to snap a tie and lead Nichols (4-1) past Loyola (Md.), 69-61, in the first round at Richmond, Va. Bob Fitzgibbons led Nichols with 26 points, while Kori Brown had 11.
Chris Cybulski scored 23 points as Lancaster (6-1) beat Pittsburgh-area power Monessen, 66-58, in the first round of the Friends of Warren/Kwik Fill Classic. Monessen (5-2) is the No. 1 Class A team in Pennsylvania (equivalent to New York's Class D) and is two-time defending state champion.
Owensboro Bank Classic
Olean shot only 35 percent from the field in dropping a 71-63 decision to Henderson County (Ky.) in the first round at Owensboro, Ky. Dean Edwards led the Huskies (4-2) with 28 points.
Jack Gordon (game-high 25 points) hit two free throws in the final seconds to lift host St. Peter's Prep past Canisius, 72-71, in the first round at Jersey City, N.J. Dan Popadick and Brian Hennessy (five three-pointers) had 19 apiece for Canisius, which missed two free throws with no time left.
Hamburg Sun Tournament
Lake Shore (2-4) used a 17-8 fourth-quarter advantage to upend Frontier, 58-52. Jason Kait led the Eagles with 22 points. Travis Carrow had 20 for Frontier (3-4). . . . Andy Degnan had a team-high 16 points and hit two clinching free throws with 30 seconds left as St. Francis (4-0) survived a Hamburg rally to post a 71-70 win. Kris Cappuzzo led Hamburg (5-2) with 24.
Eric Eberz's 17 points and nine rebounds led St. Joe's (6-0) to an 80-36 romp over Kenmore West. Ray Cullinan added 16 for St. Joe's. . . . Ken Warren's 19 points sparked Kenmore East (5-3) past O'Hara, 71-47.
Lockport Rotary Tournament
Mike Mamula scored five of Lackawanna's 10 points in overtime as the Steelers (5-1) beat A.N. Meyer (Ont.) 64-57. Sean Daley led the winners with 16 points. Wyman Miles' free throw with one second left forced OT. . . . Dennis Schimpf had eight of his 24 points in the fourth quarter as Orchard Park (3-4) snapped a tie and beat Lockport, 58-48. Eric Bliss led the Lions (1-6) with 19.
Niagara Falls (7-2) got 20 points from Willie Taul and 16 from Willie Cauley to blast Sir Winston Churchill (Ont.), 93-51. . . . Sophomores Jim Rose (21 points) and Dave Tracy (17)led Lew-Port (3-3) past Grantham (Ont.), 62-48.
Sophomore Cory Schemm had 11 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and five steals as Maryvale surprised John F. Kennedy, 71-55. Sophomore Darren Rodriguez led the Flyers, who hit eight three-pointers, with 15 points. Jason Cwiklinski led JFK with 19. Both teams are 5-1. . . . Traver Zayatz collected 14 points and 12 rebounds as North Tonawanda (5-3) pulled away from Clarence, 77-55. Griffin Meyers led the Lumberjacks with 16 points. Paul Podlewski and Ryan Vaughan netted 17 points each for Clarence (3-3).
Travis Kilgour and Rob Reid each scored 15 points as Niagara-Wheatfield (4-3) dumped Cleveland Hill, 68-51. Quincey Morris had 20 for the Eagles (2-4). . . . Karl Wagner had 22 points and 15 rebounds and Jason Kavanaugh scored 21 points as Niagara Catholic (1-4) beat Starpoint, 59-46. Scott Stoddard had 16 for the Spartans (0-7).
W. Sen. Rotary Tournament
Tom Finnerty scored 23 points, while Phil Kaczmarek had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead West Seneca East (2-3) over East Aurora, 69-62, at West Seneca West. Clint Lamond paced East Aurora (0-8) with 18 points. . . . West Seneca West (2-5) joined its crosstown rival in the championship by bludgeoning Amherst, 63-35 behind Rick Swack's 14 points and 10 rebounds) and Brian Sulkowski's 13 points and nine rebounds.
Wmsv. North Tournament
Senior Eric Shapiro scored 12 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter as Williamsville East (4-2) overcame Sweet Home, 79-76. Sweet Home (4-4) got 25 points -- including six three-pointers -- from P.J. Bryniarski. . . . Craig Bloomfield scored 15 points to lead five players in double figures as Williamsville North (4-2) beat Williamsville South, 80-62. Mike Mitchel had 20 for South (4-2).
Mercyhurst Prep Tournament
National Christian Academy (Md.) shot 62 percent from the field to edge Turner/Carroll, 72-69, at Erie, Pa. Damone James led the Chargers (3-4) with 29 points and Alfred Ortiz added 18.
Ray Callicutt led four Albion players in double figures with 18 points, but the Purple Eagles (2-5) fell to Williamson, 98-81. Jeremy Fadale had 15 points and 16 rebounds for Albion.