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Battle of Kenmore goes to West Blue Devils capture seventh straight game

Kenmore West had four players in double figures as it jumped to a big lead on its way to its seventh straight win, a 71-58 victory Tuesday over rival Kenmore East in the Niagara Frontier League.

Ryan Grandits had 19 points to lead West as the Blue Devils took a 21-11 lead after the first quarter and 40-28 at the half. Mike Wilcox had 16 points while Martin Bailey and Marcus Lobdell each had 14. Quinton Campbell, a 6-4 sophomore, added 13 rebounds.

"It all starts with our defense, when we're playing defense and running the floor," said Kenmore West first-year coach Mike Meetze. "In the first half we really pushed the ball well. We subbed everybody in the first half so we got a little sloppy. In the third quarter we didn't come out with that intensity but we did enough to win down the stretch."

West turned heads early in the season by playing Niagara Falls to a three-point loss at Falls, which visits Kenmore West next week.

"I'm not looking forward to it, that's for sure," Meetze said of a second meeting with Falls. "The goal was to be 5-2 in the league after the first half. We've got our goal. Lockport will be tough on Thursday and Falls the following Thursday, so hopefully we can live up to the billing."

Elsewhere, junior guard Jaysean Paige had 25 points, despite sitting out the first quarter, as Jamestown beat host Clarence, 79-67. The game was a rematch of last year's Section VI Class AA final with defending champion and No. 2 large school Jamestown (8-2, 4-0) making its first of two trips north this week. Darin Butts added 22 points for the winners. It was a five-point game at halftime and a 15-point game after three. Paige had nine of his points in the decisive third quarter in which Jamestown outscored Clarence, 26-16. The Red Raiders, who will play at Williamsville North on Friday, improve to 5-0 in ECIC I. Clarence (3-4) got 25 points from David Hill and 22 from Tyler Funk.

"We came out flat in the third quarter; we started out with two turnovers and they converted on both of them," said Clarence coach Todd Banaszak. "They took it to us a little bit, they finished a little better in the third quarter. I thought we missed some easy shots."

Marcus Clarke hit two free throws to clinch a 63-59 win for Archbishop Walsh over O'Hara in Monsignor Martin.

The Eagles led the entire game, but O'Hara threatened in the second half, thanks in large part to seven three-pointers from Maurice Betton, who finished with 25 points.

"We were ahead by 10 or 11 points most of the game and they came back and put some pressure on us," Walsh coach John Karuch said. "It was the first road victory in the league for us this year."

Newfane has been having its share of success this season, but nothing that quite looked quite like this.

The Panthers, ranked No. 3 in small schools, earned a 102-80 win over CSAT in Niagara-Orleans league action, improving to 7-3 overall, 7-0 in the league.

Four players scored in double figures for Newfane, led by Rohn Pierce who had 32 points and 20 rebounds. Dan Hambruch added 25 points, 17 of which came in the first half.

"Early on we did a great job executing and getting to the spots we wanted," Newfane coach Eric Klumpt said. "We got the ball out of the basket and up the floor really quick."

CSAT (7-3, 4-2) had won its first four league games to get off to its best start in school history. Darnell Carson and Arzell Kaigler each had 20 points.

Review Keith McShea's live blog from the Ken East-Ken West rivalry game and Jamestown's victory at Clarence by visiting the Prep Talk blog at buffalonews.com.

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