Macks get No. 33 for record
McKinley, the second ranked large school team in Western New York boys basketball, hit a couple of milestones Monday in scoring a 62-57 win over pesky Hutch-Tech.
It was the 33rd Yale Cup win in a row for the Macks, topping the previous mark of 32 in a row by Riverside (2004-2007). Also, it was the 100th coaching victory for the Macks’ Zaire Dorsey, and several of players he has coached in 13 seasons with the jayvee and varsity were there for the occasion.
“Makes me feel old because I had trouble remembering who played what year,” Dorsey said. “So many players. It makes you reflect.”
Riverside lost to Hutch-Tech on Feb. 3, 2004, then reeled off 32 in a row in league play until losing to Hutch, 55-52 on Jan. 12, 2007. Included in the streak were two undefeated seasons in Yale Cup Play.
McKinley had all it could handle in holding off Hutch on Monday. Dorsey’s team took a 47-44 lead into the fourth quarter but held on.
DeAndre Steward led McKinley with his second straight triple-double (18 points, 10 rebounds, 10 steals). Devin Morris had 10 rebounds for the winners. High scorer in the game was 6-foot-4 senior Aymanuel Radford of Hutch-Tech with 22 points.
McKinley is 4-0 in Yale Cup League I. The Macks’ last loss in league play was to Bennett, 57-54, on Feb. 15, 2011.
The Macks’ victory and Middle Early College’s 61-49 win over East set up Friday night’s showdown between the two unbeatens at 7 p.m. at Middle Early College.
East had a 24-23 halftime lead then Middle Early College went on a 23-10 third-quarter run.
“We had an offensive barrage in the third,” said MEC coach Randy Rich. Brian Brown scored 13 of his game-high 24 points in the period and 5-6 sophomore guard Joseph Staton hit two threes and had eight points in the period.
“At halftime we said we really wanted to get Brian the ball in the second half. We came out and got him the ball,” Rich said.
“Brian played like an absolute man today. He played the whole game and played three or four different positions, He’s starting to get his strength back after he broke his left ankle on the first day of practice, then reinjured it against Hutch-Tech the first time.”
Brown finished with 16 rebounds and six assists. Staton scored 12 of his 14 points from outside the three-point arc.
“Staton, that little kid can shoot the lights out. He’s 5-6 and weighs about 105 soaking wet,” Rich said.
Amherst falls at home
Cheektowaga went to Amherst and handed the Tigers their first ECIC III defeat, 61-57, to stay very much alive in the division race. The return game will be at Cheektowaga.
The Warriors built a big first half lead and led all the way, but had some anxious moments when the Tigers closed to within a point with less than three minutes to play.
Cheektowaga hunkered down on defense and closed it out at the free-throw line, getting the final insurance point when Zak Ciezki hit the second of two with 2.5 seconds left.
Ciezki had 20 points as did 6-3 freshman Dominick Welsh for Cheektowaga. Terrell Brown led Amherst with 24 points.
Elsewhere, Joe Kulikowski’s three with 8 seconds left gave Grand Island a 62-60 nonleague win over Tapestry Charter.
Thunder edges Mercy
Junior Natalie Short nervously stepped to the foul line with no time left and sank the first of two free throws to give Mount St. Mary a 43-42 victory over visiting Mount Mercy in Monsignor Martin Association girls basketball. Short was fouled on a putback attempt.
“She’s a pretty good foul shooter. She was a little nervous but she came through,” said Marissa Hartman, the coach of the Thunder. “We played them last week and lost by eight so this was a bit of a revenge game for our team,” Hartman said.
Katie Meegan led Mount St. Mary (6-10, 3-2 MMA) with nine points. Julie Fleming had seven rebounds, and took control of the boards in the fourth quarter when the Thunder overcame a 31-29 deficit entering the period. Courtney Kaczor and Emily Sheehan had 11 points each for Mount Mercy (9-6, 2-3).
Frontier icers win in OT
Mitch Knihinicki scored off a faceoff win by Phil Stamer at 2:33 of overtime to give Frontier (8-8-0, 4-8-0 Fed) a 2-1 triumph over Clarence in Western New York Federation Hockey Division 1 at the Hamburg Town Rink. Max Herud scored short-handed for Clarence (2-10-0 Federation) in the first period after Mike Hughes had given Frontier the lead.
Scott Welch, the fourth-year Nichols Prep A team coach, earned his 100th career win at the school as the nationally ranked Vikings beat Ridley College (Ont.), 3-2.
Macks’ Thomas passes 1,000
McKinley, unbeaten in Canisius Cup play among Buffalo Public Schools, continued to on its merry way with an impressive 76-43 triumph over Hutch-Tech as senior Daesha Thomas went over the 1,000-point for her career as a Mack.
Thomas, who has been a starter for four seasons, had 16 points in the victory, giving her 1,014 for her career.
Coach Mike Sorrentino calls Thomas “all-around offensive threat.”
“She can hit the three, the putback rebounds, she can drive and pull up, and she finishers her drives. She can post people up, too,” Sorrentino said.
Freshman Estella Anderson had 18 points and 14 rebounds in the victory.