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Niagara Falls moves into Florida final Lockport, Iroquois come up big late

Jonathan Flynn scored 10 of Niagara Falls' 13 points in overtime as the Wolverines scored a big win over tournament host Montverde, 70-63, at the Montverde (Fla.) Invitational.

Flynn had 25 points while No. 2 large school Falls got a great game from 5-foot-7 sophomore Dennis Crittenden, who had three three-pointers among his 16 points in a starting role. Falls had a 10-point lead in the second half, but Montverde tied it with one second left when Gabi Belardo rattled in his second free throw.

Montverde was ranked in USA Today's preseason top 25 and features four players 6-8 or taller, including a 7-footer. In tonight's 7:30 final, Falls will play Wheeler of Marietta, Ga., which is ranked seventh in the country by USA Today.

Niagara Frontier: Jon Maroney's layup with 10 seconds left gave first-place Lockport a 59-57 win over Kenmore West for its sixth straight league win. Jeff Chapman scored 16 for the Lions (8-9, 8-1).

Byron Mulkey broke loose for 14 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter to lead Niagara-Wheatfield (9-7, 7-2) to a 65-56 win at Lew-Port.

ECIC I: Max Lipsitz banked in an 18-foot shot and Williamsville North went 6 for 6 at the line in the final minutes to close out a 57-44 victory over West Seneca West. The Indians had narrowed North's lead to three points with 2:34 left before Lipsitz's shot. Rob Gronkowski led the Spartans with 15 points and 13 boards. Michael Berkun had 16 points and seven assists, while Lipsitz blocked five shots. North made 14 of 16 free throws overall.

Orchard Park went ahead for good with a 21-10 second-quarter run that built a 12-point halftime lead and defeated Frontier, 70-51. John Klanac scored eight of his 17 points in the second quarter to lead the Quakers (8-8, 6-5).

ECIC II: Iroquois, which has struggled for much of the season, outscored visiting Williamsville East, 19-6, in the final 6:02 to hand the Flames their first league loss, 59-52. Paul Evans led the Chiefs (3-14, 3-7) with 11 points and 15 rebounds and was 5 for 5 from the line in the fourth quarter. Andy Heim and Steve Kaiser had 14 each for East (10-6, 8-1), which was held scoreless for the final 2:40.

ECIC III: Frank Pieri scored a layup on a pass from Chris O'Connell with six seconds left in overtime to give Williamsville South a 65-63 win at Cheektowaga. Two free throws by South's Adrian Wood with 21 seconds left in OT tied it at 63, then the Billies stole the ball, which led to the winning basket.

No. 5 large school Maryvale ran its division record to 9-0 with an 82-45 rout of Springville. Santo Lamar had 18 points for the Flyers, while Matt Mohr scored 13 and Garrett Kensy had 10 points and 10 assists, his ninth double-double of the season.

Yale Cup: Anthony Greene scored all 14 of his points in the second half as No. 9 large school Grover Cleveland came on for a 62-58 victory over No. 4 small school Burgard in a game that was suspended from Tuesday when the game clock malfunctioned with 1:22 left in the second quarter with the score tied at 26. Cantrell Parrish had 21 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots for Grover (12-3, 8-0).


Mayor's Cup: No. 8 large school Hamburg outscored No. 5 small school Immaculata, 17-3, in the fourth quarter for a 50-44 victory at Frontier.

Ann Cassell had 21 points and four steals, while Jackie Pienkowski had 11 points, nine rebounds and seven assists as Holy Angels built an eight-point fourth-quarter lead and held off Frontier, 49-47.

Niagara Frontier: Eighth-grader Joelle Pollak scored 18 points for Kenmore East and Kacie Mills had 16 as the Bulldogs (8-2) defeated Niagara Falls, 63-55, in a battle for first place in the league. Destiny Harrison, a junior, scored 22 points for the Wolverines (7-3) and passed the 1,000-point mark for her career. She now has 1,012.

Niagara-Wheatfield's Kyrstin Lekki had 17 points while Michele Schaffer had 12 points and 12 rebounds as the Falcons edged Caitlin Moreland (23 points, 18 rebounds) and Lew-Port, 51-48.

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