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McKinley smells victory; St. Joe's digs deep

William "Stink" Robinson did not live up to his name on Monday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Challenge at the Buffalo State Sports Arena.

The McKinley point guard with the undeserving nickname scored 21 points, including 14 in the second half, in a 69-54 win over Lackawanna. His pin-point passing also set up his teammates for many timely baskets.

The fourth annual event included a four-game slate featuring some of the area's top public and Catholic schools.

"[Robinson] takes our team to another level," McKinley coach James Daye said. "I told him in the third quarter you've got to be a little more aggressive offensively. When he breaks a defense down, if the big guys get their hands up, it's a layup."

Besides knocking off one of Section VI's top Class B programs, the win also helped the Macks (7-3) move on after their two-point Yale Cup loss to Grover Cleveland on Friday.

Mark Overall added 17 points, including a three-pointer with 6:20 left in the third quarter that put the Macks ahead for good at 35-32. Alex Golda led the Steelers (8-3) with 23 points.

St. Joe's 63, Batavia 55: With the momentum of the game starting to shift, the Marauders were desperate for a spark. Waiting for the ball on the baseline was the player who would give it to them.

With the game tied 46-46, St. Joe's hit four straight three-pointers, three by senior Andrew Passage, to break the game open. John Greer finished with 17 points, while Passage and Domonic Cook added 16 each.

"I made my first three, and when you make that first shot, it gives your confidence a big boost," Passage said. "It helped me get into a groove. It can go the other way around if you miss your first couple shots -- it can throw your whole game off."

Passage made four of seven three-point attempts. Cook handed out 11 assists and Mike Battle had seven rebounds for St. Joe's (12-1).

Neither team led by more than six points over the first three quarters. St. Joe's started the fourth quarter off on a 16-2 run after coach Mark Simon said his team went to man after Batavia had solved its zone and half-court trap.

Batavia junior guard Mike Hoy kept his team close, scoring 25 points.

Canisius 66, Kenmore West 48: The Crusaders had four players in double figures as they led from the tip and beat the Blue Devils. Canisius was led by two juniors, Anthony Ragusa with 17 points and Justin Young with 13. Senior Chris Ferrino also netted 13 points and sophomore Patrick Wilson grabbed nine rebounds.

Canisius already held a 29-18 advantage at halftime when it started the third quarter on a 9-0 run.

Defensively the Blue Devils were forced into rushing their shots or taking shots they didn't want. "They trust each other and know when they're pressuring the ball they've got help in the middle or on the weak side," Canisius coach Kyle Husband said. "We work pretty hard on some of those things and it's starting to show."

City Honors 58, Franklinville 36: The Centaurs' inside game proved too much for the Panthers in a romp. Forwards Sean Mulhern and Abram Miller had 12 points each as the Centaurs led all the way. Guard Jared Shaw had the outside game covered, pouring in 16 points.

Franklinville, playing its third game in four nights, got 15 points from Blake Slagle and 12 from Phil Wilbur.


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