It's not the way it was drawn up, but Lake Shore will take it. Jake Fladd tipped in a shot at the buzzer as the Eagles pulled out a 54-52 win over host Hamburg in an ECIC II basketball game.
Lake Shore had the ball out of bounds on the sideline with four seconds left. The Eagles got off a 17-footer that missed, but Fladd was in perfect position to tip it in.
"He had the presence of mind to get his hand on it. Give him credit, it was a great play on his part," said a very hoarse Hamburg coach Pat Cauley. "We should have won the game going away, but we made a bunch of mistakes. The guy made a good play."
Fladd finished with 27 points and Kyle DeNisco added 11. Cris Mims of Hamburg had 18.
For Hutch-Tech, beating South Park was a pressing matter. The visiting Engineers used a diamond press and fell back into a 1-2-2 to escape with a 61-60 victory. The Yale Cup opened play on Friday with seven games.
"The press gave them trouble for a while, but they really made a run at us," said Hutch-Tech coach Dave Rappl. "They're really quick, and in that gym everything's so tight. And we had lot of turnovers."
Christian Klenke made two free throws to give Tech a 61-57 lead. Tito Harris of South Park hit a three-pointer to bring the Sparks within one point, but there was only one second left. South Park made a run in the third quarter, outscoring Tech, 22-14.
Rappl said different players have carried the team this season. Against the Sparks it was sixth man Dwight Barlow, who had 14 points and eight rebounds. Ahmed Brown got 15 points and 10 rebounds. Lou Megna added 12 points with 14 boards.
Riverside opened defense of its Yale Cup title with a 92-82 win over Buffalo Arts. The Frontiers, 12-0 in the league last year, have a 31-game Yale Cup winning streak. Freshman Justin Stokes made his first varsity start and finished with 15 points and seven assists.
Elsewhere, 5-foot-1 freshman point guard Mark Coppola had 15 points and 13 assists as Williamsville South took over first place in ECIC II, downing rival Williamsville East, 84-76, before a packed gym. Adrian Wood had 26 points to move into fourth place on the South career scoring list with 922 points. Frank Pieri added 22 points and 11 boards. . . . Cordell Freeman scored 11 of his 22 in the fourth quarter and grabbed 12 rebounds as Amherst turned back Iroquois, 61-49.
Freshman Melvin Virgil came off the bench to score 18 points as Grover Cleveland beat Bennett, 87-52. . . . East, ranked No. 4 in the state in Class B, got 26 points and 15 rebounds from Brandon Hall in a 66-51 win over Burgard. . . . Dominique Kendrick scored 20 of his 23 points in the first half as Jamestown rolled to a 65-33 win over West Seneca West in ECIC I. . . . Ryan Kufel had a season-high 28 points and 10 rebounds as St. Mary's opened league play with a 68-62 win over Cardinal O'Hara. . . . Orchard Park jumped out to a 24-8 lead after the first quarter and beat Frontier, 63-52. Tom Schiffler had 11 of his 20 points in the first. . . . Senior Terrell Rankin had 27 points, giving him 997 in his career, as Sweet Home beat Williamsville North, 68-52. . . . Sam Bono netted 16 points as Kenmore East evened its record at 4-4 with a 52-34 win over North Tonawanda.
Hutch-Tech likes its chances this season in the Canisius Cup, despite coming into Friday's league opener with a 1-5 overall record. The Engineers, 47-23 winners over South Park, played nonleague games against Sacred Heart and Kenmore West, scrimmaged Nichols and played in the Niagara-Wheatfield Tournament.
"We play a pretty ambitious preseason schedule," said Hutch-Tech coach Dave Sardo. "That tough schedule helped us today, and will help us down the road."
Alana Agostini had 14 points and Brianna Lee 13 for the winner. Junior Gina Moss made her season debut after missing the first six games following foot surgery.
Elsewhere, Linsday Henry had 11 points, 13 rebounds and seven steals as Iroquois handed Hamburg its first ECIC II loss, 54-35. . . . Margo Weber poured in 28 points and Newfane moved to 9-1 with a 57-34 win over Akron. . . . Meaghan Freund's scored all 20 of her points in the second half as Kenmore East downed North Tonawanda, 51-44, in the NFL. Jazmine Bell and Christina Osmon combined for 24 points for the Bulldogs.
Nichols tied Shady Side Academy (Pittsburgh), 2-2, in the first round of the St. Francis Prep Hockey Tournament at Niagara University. The Vikings trailed, 2-0, in the third period when Nichols rallied behind two goals from Charlie Mullan. Mullan's second goal came with two minutes left. Brandon Broad got both assists. Nichols goalie Pat Stafford had 20 saves.
St. Francis Prep won its first-round game, 5-1 over Ridley College.
The event moves to HSBC Arena today and Sunday. Nichols plays Gilmour at 9:30 a.m. and Upper Canada at 5:30 p.m. St. Francis Prep plays St. Andrews at 11:30 a.m. and Wyoming at 7:30.