Get ready for the running of the Bulls.
Both the Traditional boys and girls teams clinched Buffalo Public School championships with victories Wednesday afternoon and now await their playoff foes to be determined Saturday.
Traditional's boys got another super all-around effort from 6-foot-10 senior center Daryl Jacobs in an 88-49 victory over Lafayette. Jacobs had 25 points, 16 rebounds and 13 blocked shots for the Bulls (18-2 overall, 13-0 league), who clinched their second straight title with their 26th consecutive Yale Cup victory and 15th successive triumph overall.
"The more they play, the better they get," said Traditional coach Starling Bryant, whose team is the two-time defending state Class C champion. "It feels fantastic because there's a lot of great talent in this league."
Look no further than Jacobs to prove that point. He's averaging 18 points, 15 rebounds and nine blocks and Bryant says colleges such as Tennessee, Syracuse, Massachusetts, Cincinnati, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Southern California and New Mexico are showing interest.
"Tennessee, Pitt and UMass are probably the top three right now," Bryant said.
Gregory French had 23 points, 10 assists and six steals for the Bulls and Terry George added 19 points. French had 14 points and Jacobs five blocks in the decisive third quarter, which turned a 39-27 halftime lead into a 71-40 cushion. Jeff Pruitt had 14 points for the Violets (7-10, 3-10).
Senior forward Dionne Turnage was the star for Traditional's girls, who beat Lafayette, 96-51. She had 41 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and six steals.
"We did a lot of pressing and she got a lot of open-court stuff," said Traditional coach Dave Sarno, whose team won its third straight Canisius Cup title and captured its 16th consecutive win.
Ashanta Smith added 15 points for Traditional (18-1, 13-0). Ashley Deas had 21 points for Lafayette (12-4, 11-2).
Yale Cup: Second-place Seneca bolted to a 30-7 first-quarter lead in a 79-50 win over Hutch-Tech as Ahmir Drake led the way with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Walter Hendrix, in his first varsity start, had 13 points for the Indians. Tree Grant scored 13 for Hutch-Tech. . . . McKinley made 12 three-pointers, including three by Purnell Lindsay, who had 15 points, eight assists and six steals in a 71-55 win over South Park. Leroy Scott scored 12 for the Sparks. . . . Erik Robertson had 23 points, Micole Parker 19 points and Marcus Richardson 16 assists as City Honors outscored Grover Cleveland, 11-2, in the last three minutes to topple the Presidents, 63-55. Eric Rawls led Grover with 14 points. . . . Robert Redd had 25 points, Darryl Thompson 22 points and James Williams 18 points and 13 rebounds to lift Emerson over Bennett, 75-57. The Tigers' Antwon Johnson scored 20. . . . David Sanders (20 points, 19 rebounds), made the game-winning layup in the last 10 seconds as Burgard held off Riverside, 62-60. Riverside's Sherrod Bernard scored 22. . . . David Pellnat's 22 points led Buffalo Arts over Kensington, 56-53. Rashard Bradford scored 10 for the Knights.
CCIAC I: Reed Passafaro scored 23 points as Fredonia earned a share of first place with Southwestern by defeating Gowanda, 61-42. . . . Southwestern edged Falconer, 64-58, behind Jarod Brown (29 points, 10 assists) and Mike Curry (12 points, 17 rebounds). Jason Becker scored 21 for Falconer. . . . Eric Stomieroski (12 points) drove the baseline and hit the game-winning layup with two seconds left as Olean held off Allegany-Limestone's upset bid, 67-65. Mike Ulasewicz had 23 points for the winning Hukies, while Mike Kotia and Jay Mortimer had 22 apiece for Gators.
CCIAC II: David Boccolatt hit for 22 points and Calvin McCoy hauled in 17 rebounds to lead Randolph over Silver Creek, 60-48. Dale Loscher scored 15 for the Knights. . . . Jake Johnson's 13 points paced Frewsburg's 60-40 win over Cassadaga Valley. Mark Carlson scored 10 for the Cougars.
CCIAC III: Thom Blake scored 18 points and Kris Hite had 12 rebounds to lead Panama over Ripley, 68-53. Pat Woodward had 24 points for Ripley.
ECIC Interdivision: Myron Lee's 16 points and 13 rebounds sparked Cleveland Hill to a 60-57 win over Amherst. Jon Szatkowski scored 13 for the Tigers.
Canisius Cup: Ericka Miner scored 30 points on 13-of-17 shooting and added 15 rebounds and 10 blocks as Hutch-Tech posted its 13th straight Cup victory, 70-58, over Seneca. Mary Martinez led Seneca with 24 points. . . . Nicole Smith had 18 points and 10 rebounds in Bennett's 68-35 win over Emerson. Samantha Thomas had a game-high 26 points for the Eagles. . . . Jameela Sabir's 15 points led City Honors past Grover Cleveland, 64-48. Tamika Cornelius scored 27 for Grover. . . . Melanie Pohancsek had a career-high 32 points as Buffalo Arts went overtime to beat Kensington, 54-49. Deneen Flores scored 15 for the Knights. . . . Rikita Harris (18 points) and Jennifer Parsons (15 points) led McKinley over South Park, 48-36. Alicia Cloud had 10 points for the Sparks.
ECIC I: Jamie Vaughan scored 20 points and Katie Kohout pulled down 12 rebounds for Clarence in a 37-26 win over Hamburg.
ECIC II: Lindsay Brent (20 points, 11 rebounds) and Sarah Cornwall (14 points) helped Williamsville East (18-1, 12-0) cap an undefeated division campaign with a 49-39 decision over West Seneca East. Karlyn Szafranski led West Seneca East with 11 points.
ECIC IV: Sorayya Touloue scored 11 points and Jackie Stacahewicz made four free throws in overtime as JFK held off Alden, 57-53. Laura Kozub scored 16 points for the Bulldogs.
ECIC Interdivision: Timyra Hudson's 16 points lifted Sweet Home over Orchard Park, 56-47.
Msgr. Martin Assn.: The Johnson sisters, Katherine (14 points) and Elizabeth (10 points), led Buffalo Seminary over Immaculata, 41-33. Theresa Harrington scored 13 for the Bears. . . . Beth Kozlowski's 10 points led Niagara Catholic over O'Hara. Lindsay Butticci had 13 points for O'Hara. . . . Anna Jablonski's 14 points paced Nardin's 48-32 victory over Mount St. Mary.
Cattaraugus III: Chrissy Bysiek (28 points) and Sarah Anderson (19 points, 13 rebounds) powered Walsh over Hinsdale, 79-58. Tonya Searle's 22 points led Hinsdale.