Roberts leads Sweet Home rally
When Jamestown played Sweet Home in boys basketball back in early December, it lost rather handily to its ECIC I foe, 61-43.
Thursday night was almost a different story.
The Raiders let a golden chance to avenge that defeat slip away as 5-foot-4 point guard Steven Roberts scored 11 of his 13 fourth-quarter points in the final 4:30 to help the Panthers rally for a 53-47 triumph in showdown between Buffalo News Large School Poll schools.
Jamestown, ranked fourth, limited Panthers star Terrell Rankin to 11 points, but Roberts stepped in to save the day. Western New York's third-ranked team trailed, 43-37, before Roberts sparked the comeback with a three-pointer, layup and 6-for-6 showing from the foul line.
Dominique Kendrick canned five treys and finished with 20 points for Jamestown (12-3, 7-3). Sweet Home is 8-1 in the league, 11-3 overall.
Whitlock, Freeman have huge nights
John Whitlock had a night to remember during Lafayette's 69-64 nonleague boys basketball triumph over Canisius. Whitlock scored 12 of his game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter to help the Violets hang on for the win and also surpassed the 1,000 career-points mark. He now has 1,018. Victor Arroyo dished out 17 assists in the win.
Cordell Freeman proved to be way too much for Williamsville South to handle. Freeman scored the first 10 points of the game for Amherst en route to a career-high 44 to help the Tigers defeat Williamsville South, 68-58, in a clash between top boys' basketball teams in ECIC II. Freeman also collected eight rebounds and had four steals as Amherst improved to 8-4 overall, 6-1 in the league. Adrian Wood scored 16 points for Williamsville South (7-7, 6-2).
Matt Mohr and Brooks Estarfaa had big games to help host Maryvale win a key ECIC III showdown with Pioneer, 66-57. Mohr had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Flyers (10-4, 6-2), who remain a game back of division front-runner Depew (14-1, 6-1). Estarfaa had nine boards and four assists to go with his 16 points. Pioneer fell to 5-3 in the league.
A.J. Roberts' 26 points and 12 boards and Dyrell Dolson's 17 points and 10 rebounds carried Niagara Catholic to a 66-59 win at St. Mary's of Lancaster in the Monsignor Martin Association.
Lancaster hockey moves into first
Lancaster moved into first place in Division I of the Western New York Varsity Hockey Federation by beating defending state champion Williamsville North, 2-1, at the Amherst Pepsi Center.
Paul Dudish made 29 saves, including three quality stops in the final minute, to preserve the win for the Redskins (14-5-1, 8-3-1) who have a one-point lead in the standings on North (7-2-2 in the Federation). Joe Karl and Brian Inman scored for Lancaster, Inman's marker with 10 minutes left. Justin Kochan scored with 2:30 left for North to make things interesting.
Canisius beat chief rival St. Joe's for the first time in a regular-season game in three seasons, 2-1. Brian Wurster scored the eventual game winner midway through the second period for Crusaders (3-9-1), who did beat the Marauders in the Federation quarterfinals last season. St. Joe's beat Canisius, 3-2, earlier this season.
Russ Hurley's goal with .3 seconds left enabled Orchard Park to gain a 1-1 tie with defending Federation champion Kenmore West.