Yale Cup teams showed that sectional seedings don't mean everything Friday night, as four Buffalo Public Schools teams knocked off higher-seeded teams during Section VI boys basketball quarterfinal action.
While sixth-seeded McKinley and seventh-seeded Bennett won in Class A-2, and 10th-seeded Emerson did the same in B-2, the lowest seed to do damage came in C-1.
David Sanders scored 29 points as 13th-seeded Burgard jolted fifth-seeded JFK, 70-41. Adam Dixon added 13 points for the Bulldogs (7-14) while Anthony Mack had 11 points and 12 assists. Rayshawn Bolden led JFK (13-9) with 16 points.
The C-1 bracket was filled with noteworthy games from both high and low seeds.
Terry George amassed 31 points while Greg French scored 28 and had a career-high 17 assists as Traditional annihilated Akron, 118-32. The Bulls blew the game open with a 34-5 second quarter and a 33-3 third quarter that put them up, 95-22. Don Juan Tyson added 16 points and Aaron Marshall had 11 for Traditional, the two-time defending public school Class C champions. Matt Patterson had a team-high 11 points for Akron, which fell to Traditional, 90-49, in the C-1 championship last year.
Tenth-seeded Allegany-Limestone, which finished the regular season 4-16 and in last place in CCIAC I, continued its eye-opening postseason with a 65-35 rout at third-seeded Wilson. John Sliger had 14 to lead four double-figure scorers for the Gators, who beat Holland, 71-43, in a prequarterfinal. Pitching in for Allegany-Limestone, which jumped to a 16-2 start and a 26-14 halftime lead, were Mike Kotia (13), Jay Mortimer (13) and Nick Aiello (11). Joel Feagin led the Lakemen (12-9) with 20 points.
No. 4 small school and second-seeded Salamanca started the game trailing, 7-0, but stormed back for a 61-35 rout of Silver Creek. Dustin Ross led the Warriors with 22 and Jay Weishan added 14 while Cameron Haines had 11 points and 13 rebounds for Salamanca, which extended a 25-20 halftime lead to 41-28 after three quarters..
Class A-1 quarterfinals: Lance Maroney's 25 points and 11 rebounds and Jon Allport-Cohoon's 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks helped Lockport knock off defending A-1 champion West Seneca West, 69-59. Mick Hicks closed in on a triple-double with 12 points, eight assists and eight rebounds for the Lions (15-6), who took a 36-22 halftime lead. Adam Gioia led the Indians with 25 points.
Chad Wiedenhofer scored 24 points to go along with six assists, five rebounds and five steals as top-seeded Jamestown routed Frontier, 80-63. Jay Newton scored 15 for the Red Raiders while Kris Olson had 14.
Jeff Street scored 15 points and had eight rebounds while Jeff Parmer added 12 points and 10 rebounds as undefeated and top-seeded Niagara Falls cruised past Williamsville North, 75-44. Demondi Johnson contributed 11 points and five assists for the Wolverines (21-0).
Jimmy Dominkewicz scored 35 points and Sean O'Brien had 22 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as Orchard Park outran North Tonawanda in the second half to win, 74-62. Mike Miranto had 28 for NT, which forged a 30-30 halftime tie. Miranto closed his career with 1,292 points -- 11 shy of the Lumberjacks' all-time record.
Class A-2 quarterfinals: Four double-figure scorers led seventh-seeded Bennett, which finished the regular season in the middle of the Yale Cup pack, to a 71-56 victory over second-seeded Hamburg. Aaron Hayes led the way with 17 points, 21 rebounds and 10 steals, while Brandon Rutledge scored 15, Anthony McCutcheon added 13 and T.J. Adams had 11. The Tigers used a 10-2 third quarter to take a 10-point lead (41-31) and didn't let the ECIC I third-place Bulldogs (12-9) back in it. Adam Zoeller's 26 points led Hamburg.
Terrance Allen collected 12 points, eight steals and seven assists and hit a game-sealing, driving baseline jumper to help sixth-seeded McKinley to a 48-43 win at third-seeded Kenmore East. Therreon Blackwell, Purnell Lindsay and Aaron Groover (13 rebounds) all contributed 10 points for the Macks.
Bryan Boswell scored 38 points to give Sweet Home an above-.500 record to go with its top seeding, as the Panthers improved to 11-10 with a 60-47 win over league rival Lake Shore. Reggie Burgin added nine points and seven rebounds for the ECIC II runner-up Panthers.
Duriel Price scored 17, Andrew Bails had 14 and Jermaine Day pitched in 12 as fourth-seeded Hutch-Tech clobbered Niagara-Wheatfield, 67-37, at McKinley. The Engineers sped to a 17-9 first quarter lead and led, 36-17, at halftime.
Class B-1 quarterfinals: Williamsville South used a 9-0 run to dig itself out of a third-quarter hole and put itself in front in the fourth as it defeated Grand Island, 54-47. Herb Courtney (eight rebounds) and Brandon Woods each scored 16 for the Billies, who trailed, 37-28, with three minutes to play in the third quarter.
The Konst twins, Justin and Jeremy, combined for 43 points and Kevin Roche came back after missing two games with a sprained ankle and scored 14 points and had 12 boards in Williamsville East's 81-64 romp past Albion. The Flames built a 31-13 first-quarter lead. Justin Konst had 23 points and 11 assists; Jeremy had 20 points and nine assists. James Ryan led Albion with 25 points.
Darmel Whitfield scored 26 points while Ameer Drake had 25, and both passed the 1,000-point mark in leading second-seeded Seneca to its sixth straight semifinals with a 94-65 rout of Yale Cup rival Grover Cleveland. Drake has 1,007 points for his career; Whitfield has 1,001.
John Jimenez had 19 to lead Iroquois, which used a 17-8 second-quarter run on its way to a 63-51 defeat of Starpoint. The defending Class B champion Chiefs hit 8 of 11 free throws in the fourth quarter to maintain their lead. Matt Rankie and Nick Boron each had 10 for Starpoint.
Class B-2 quarterfinals: Darryl Thompson scored 21 points and Robert Redd added 20 as 10th-seeded Emerson used a 15-0 run at the start of the fourth quarter to win at second-seeded Depew, 71-54. James Williams helped out with 16 points for the Eagles (10-12), who went 5-8 in regular-season play in the Yale Cup. Eric Ellis led the Wildcats with 29 points.
Greg McCray scooped up a loose ball and hit a three-pointer from the top of the key as time expired to lift Southwestern to a 76-73 overtime victory over CCIAC I rival Olean. Matt Lipinczyk led the Trojans with 28 points and 14 rebounds while McCray had 18 points and 10 rebounds. Rick Slevinski (16 rebounds) and Mike Ulasewicz each had 19 points for Olean.
Junior center Dave Mallon had 22 points and 14 rebounds as top-seeded and defending B-2 champion East Aurora held off Riverside, 48-38.
Reed Passafaro scored 21 as fifth-seeded Fredonia won at fourth-seeded Lackawanna, 50-48. Ray Braxton and Emilio Pena each had 12 for the Steelers while Lackawanna leading scorer Richard Abrams had 10.
Class C-2 quarterfinals: Jeff McMahon led the way with 22 points as top-seeded Portville punished Pine Valley, 65-40. . . . Nate Sanzo scored 19, Todd Franze had 16 and Nick Bertrando helped out with 11 as fifth-seeded Westfield took a step toward returning to the C-2 title game with a 55-47 defeat of fourth-seeded Franklinville. . . . Myron Lee scored 20 points and Antwon Burton had 15 points and 14 rebounds as third-seeded Cleveland Hill used a 34-20 second half to oust Randolph, 71-55.
Class D quarterfinals: Mike Muzza (11 points) and Mike Darling (10) led the scoring for Maple Grove, which got nine three-pointers, from five players, in a 51-43 defeat of North Collins. . . . Matt Aman led the way with 17 points and Jake Johnson scored 16 as Frewsburg defeated Panama, 60-40. . . . Brandon Wyatt (23 points) and Matt Erlandson (21) helped second-seeded Ellicottville rip Ripley, 74-37.
NFCAA: Eric Dier collected 17 points, seven rebounds and seven blocks to lead undefeated Baptist School (10-0) past First Baptist, 52-35. . . . Mark Coles scored 30 to lead Charles Finney's 104-56 defeat of Amherst Christian.
Eastern Deaf Tournament: Erik Sukiennik scored 19 points in St. Mary's School for the Deaf's 55-39 victory over MSDD in the consolation round of Eastern Deaf Tournament in Newark, Del.
Manhattan Cup: After splitting their two regular season meetings, rivals Canisius and St. Joe's will meet for the third time this season Sunday at 1 p.m. at Buffalo State in the quarterfinals of the Manhattan Cup playoffs. Turner/Carroll, which has threatened to boycott the playoffs, has been seeded second. . . . No. 1 large school Timon/St. Jude, which is seeded first in the playoffs, will not scrimmage No. 2 large school Niagara Falls Monday. The scrimmage, which was to be held at Niagara Falls, has been canceled.
IAC Championship: Tawan Slaughter scored 33 points to inch within 17 points of the all-time Western New York scoring record and lead Christian Central to a 55-28 defeat of West Seneca Christian. Jen Glaeser helped out with 12 points for Christian Central (18-2), which will play two NFCAA playoff games. Slaughter (2,180 points) is chasing the mark of 1983 Franklinville graduate Laura Hughes.
Non-league: Noelle D'Estries hit six three-pointers among her 23 points as No. 1 small school Holy Angels took a 32-point halftime lead in blitzing Nichols, 59-42. Jamie Donnelly had 11 points and Megan Bogdan added 10 points and 10 steals for the Angels (22-1), who took a 38-6 halftime lead. Tiffany Walton scored 14 to lead the No. 5 small school Vikings.
NFCAA: Liz Ziarnowski had 25 in Amherst Christian's 58-39 win over Charles Finney.