Bob Fitzgibbons is beginning to make his presence felt in places other than the Western New York basketball world.
The 6-foot-8 junior took his show to Richmond, Va., and scored 26 points as Nichols went on a 9-0 outburst in overtime to defeat Bishop Guilfoyle (Pa.), 74-65, Saturday and capture third place in the Benedictine Capital City Classic at Richmond, Va.
Nichols, which suffered a last-second loss to Manchester on Friday, was almost victimized again as Guilfoyle's Ryan Reilly hit a game-tying jumper just inside the three-point line with four seconds left.
Fitzgibbons then went to work, scoring six of Nichols' nine points in overtime. Fitzgibbons' 73 points in three games led the tournament and he was named to the All-Tournament team with teammates Matt Enstice and Cory Brown.
Brown added 19 points and Enstice had 13 for Nichols. George Berger led Guilfoyle with 17.
John Jackson scored 19 points and led a balanced scoring attack to lift Seneca to a 75-62 victory over Holland in the title game.
Roy Reeves and Adrien Smith each netted 16 points for Seneca (3-2). Holland (6-2), the No. 10 small school in The Buffalo News poll, drew within a bucket in the second quarter before Seneca pulled away for a nine-point lead at intermission. Pat O'Connor and Roger Giles each netted 17 points for the Dutchmen.
In the consolation game, Lafayette used a 26-10 second-quarter surge to pull away from North Collins, 65-52. Lafayette's Ray Hennings scored 10 of his game-high 30 points in the decisive period as the Violets (1-4) held a 16-point advantage at intermission. Brad Gier led North Collins with 20 points.
Hamburg Sun Tournament
St. Francis went on a 30-10 run in the fourth quarter to snap a 31-31 halftime tie to bury Lake Shore, 81-51, for the championship.
Nick Smith scored a game-high 19 points and defensive standout Steve Mikolajczak scored six of his eight points in the decisive quarter to capture MVP honors for St. Francis (5-0). John Dietrick led the Eagles (2-5) with 17 points and David Beers added 13.
Mark Ryczek scored 11 of his 17 points in the first half and Hamburg took a 12-point halftime lead and then held on to sink Frontier, 57-47, in the consolation game as Hamburg moved to 6-2. Travis Carrow scored 29 for Frontier (3-5).
Fredonia Booster Tournament
Riverside outscored Fredonia, 44-19, in the second half and got 27 points from Willie Cornelius en route to a 74-48 victory in the title game.
Riverside (3-1) held just a one-point advantage at intermission before pulling away. Ed Harris added 19 points for the Frontiers. Luke Gullo led Fredonia (4-4) with 15 points.
Bennett used a 13-point halftime advantage and got a game-high 27 points from Darryl Delaney to sink Dunkirk, 77-61, in the consolation game. Royce Mitchell added 16 points for Bennett (2-5), and Terrence Warren had 14. Steve Lockett had three three-pointers en route to 25 points for Dunkirk.
Akron Jaycees Tournament
Both the championship and the consolation games were postponed until Wednesday after a slippery floor wiped out Saturday's contests. The consolation game, which pits Alden against Oakfield-Alabama, will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the championship between Akron and Barker is scheduled for 8.