The Yale Cup flexed its muscle Wednesday in the Section VI Boys Basketball Tournament with Hutch-Tech, Bennett and Lafayette striking the winning poses in Class A-1 on opening night.
Chazmen Hooker scored all of his 19 points after halftime, including six in overtime, as the No. 9 Engineers KO'd eighth-seeded Lake Shore, 72-62.
"He had a great game," winning coach Dave Rappl said. "He stepped up. He's a senior and showed senior leadership."
Lake Shore led, 28-19, at halftime, but H-T used a 19-8 third quarter to take the lead and then made 11 of 14 shots in overtime to pull away. Lake Shore forced overtime when Dan Glover drained a three-pointer with four seconds left to tie the game at 55.
Julius Bryant had 17 points and eight rebounds for Hutch-Tech, which visits top seed Williamsville East in Friday's quarterfinals.
Bennett, the No. 11 seed, knocked off No. 6 Kenmore East, 71-67. Kevin Burns had 28 points and 11 rebounds, while Teron Fitzgerald added 14 points, eight assists and five steals as the Tigers won for just the sixth time this season. Darryl King led Kenmore East with 24 points.
John Whitlock had 22 points as No. 7 Lafayette gave pesky 10th seed Iroquois the slip, 59-49. Kyle Shevlin (three treys) had 16 points to lead Iroquois, which led, 21-20, at the break.
Class AA: No. 6 Niagara Falls mixed its defensive looks during a 35-18 second half to rally for a 68-52 win over No. 11 Kenmore West. Jonathan Flynn led the Wolverines with 25 points, while Edvin Ramulic had 20 for Kenmore West -- which led at the break, 34-33. . . . Scott MacBeth scored all of his team-high 17 points in the second half to lead No. 12 Clarence to a 64-53 win at No. 5 Niagara-Wheatfield, which got 26 points from Byron Mulkey. . . . All of Tim Powers' eight points came at key moments for No. 8 Orchard Park, which rallied to defeat No. 9 West Seneca West, 64-58. Powers made a steal and layup toward the end of the third that pulled the Quakers within 49-45. He then drained a three-pointer with four minutes left to tie the game at 52 and followed with the go-ahead trey on the next possession. . . . Aaron Stang scored 15 of his 21 points in the first half to lead No. 7 Frontier past No. 10 North Tonawanda, 81-64. Dan Mikac had 18 points and 10 rebounds in the win.
Class A-2: Lewiston-Porter got 17 points each from Dave LaChance and Robby Seyler (10 rebounds) and edged Pioneer, 62-58. Lew-Port made 12 of 18 free throws in the fourth. . . . Scott Jachimiak hit three treys and scored 13 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to help No. 8 Depew pull away from No. 9 Albion, 65-50. . . . Jeff Worthy poured in 33 points as No. 6 South Park defeated Yale Cup rival and 11th-seed Seneca, 69-53.
Class B-1: Peter Subsara scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half and nailed two free throws with 3.7 seconds left to give Alden a 59-57 victory over Dunkirk. . . . Greg Parzych (19 points) went 7 for 10 from the line in the second half as No. 8 Akron beat No. 9 Eden, 60-50.
Class B-2: Devin Case's putback with 11 seconds left gave No. 9 Roy-Hart the win, 58-57, at No. 8 Holland. . . . City Honors got 18 points each from Randy Muldrow and Abram Miller (10 rebounds) in a 69-43 victory over Allegany-Limestone.
Class C: Bryce Ireland had 20 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks as No. 4 Panama edged No. 13 Portville, 63-58. . . . Cam O'Niell (16 points) made 7 of 11 shots and grabbed nine rebounds in No. 8 Maple Grove's 47-41 win over No. 9 Chautauqua Lake.
MMA playoffs set to begin
Sacred Heart's mini-vacation will end Sunday when it returns to action in the Monsignor Martin Association girls basketball playoffs.
The Sharks (21-2, 14-0), the News' No. 1 large school, are the top seed and received a bye into the semifinals. Sacred Heart, which has been idle since Feb. 15, faces the winner of Friday's quarterfinal match between No. 4 Holy Angels and No. 5 Niagara Catholic.
Catholic and Angels begin the quarterfinal doubleheader at 5 p.m. Friday at Villa Maria Academy. No. 3 Nichols faces No. 6 Mount Mercy in the 7 p.m. game. No. 2 seed Nardin, the News' No. 3 large school, also earned a bye into the semis, which begin at 1 p.m. Sunday at Villa.
On the boys side, the play-in games to determine the final two seeds for the Manhattan Cup Playoffs begin at 7 tonight with O'Hara visiting Niagara Catholic to determine the No. 5 seed and St. Mary's of Lancaster making the trip to Nichols to determine the sixth seed.
The quarterfinals start at 1 p.m. Sunday at Buffalo State with No. 4 Bishop Timon-St. Jude playing the fifth seed. Either St. Francis or Canisius will be the No. 3 seed for the tournament. There will be a coin flip at 3:30 p.m. today at Timon to determine which of those teams will be the No. 2 seed and earn a bye into the March 5 semifinals at Buffalo State. They finished the regular season with identical records and split their series.
St. Joe's, The News' No. 1 large school, is the top seed.