St. Joe’s, Lockport advance
The Lockport Rotary Tournament always offers some interesting early-season games in boys basketball, and this year’s was no exception. St. Joe’s knocked off I-Prep/Grover, 71-61.
The Marauders rode a 24-8 edge in the second quarter to take a 41-22 lead at the half. Then the Presidents bounced right back with a 25-13 burst in the third quarter to get within striking distance. St. Joe’s did have enough in the fourth quarter to get the win.
In the second part of the twinbill, Lockport hung on for a 60-58 win over Williamsville East.
Kelly Brown worked a pick-and-roll play to get a lay-up with about 1:20 left in the game to give the Lions the lead. Williamsville East had three different shots that could have tied the contest, but couldn’t convert on any of them.
Andrew Austin led Lockport with 12 points, while Brown and Dakota Wiley had 11 points each in a balanced attack. The Flames had four players in double figures. The Lions play St. Joe’s in the championship game at 7:30 Saturday night.
Nicholas Motley led the Marauders with 26 points and five assists, while Naseer Jackson had 22. For I-Prep/Grover, Davon Gant led the way with 20 points.
Elsewhere, West Seneca West had its hands full down the stretch in a 48-47 win over Salamanca in the Pioneer Tournament. The Indians had a 20-8 lead after the first quarter, and were ahead, 42-25, after three quarters. But a 22-6 burst in the fourth quarter by the Warriors made things interesting. Zeus Enriques had 19 points to lead Salamanca.
In the second game, Holland held Pioneer to only one point in the second quarter, and that played a big role in the Dutchmen’s 39-31 win. Holland didn’t have a player in double figures in scoring, but Jake Ratajczak had eight points and A.J. Perlino supplied seven points and 13 rebounds. It will be West Seneca West and Holland at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.
In the Lancaster Tip-Off Tournament’s championship game, Vito Fulciniti had 24 points to lead the Legends past Nichols, 66-54. In the consolation game, Dunkirk’s Isaiah Thomas had 21 points and 11 rebounds as his team defeated Cleveland Hill, 79-72.
Brandon Roach was a one-man gang for Olmsted in a 54-48 win over Hutch-Tech. Roach had 34 points, six rebounds and six steals in the nonleague matchup.
Iroquois has frantic finish
Sometimes a four-point lead in the last minute of a girls basketball game just isn’t safe. Ask Iroquois.
The Chiefs had that margin when Jordan Heinhold of Immaculata hit a three-pointer and was fouled with 34 seconds to play.
She converted the free throw with 37 seconds left to tie the score, 37-37.
“With only one senior on the roster, I thought we might cave in,” coach Frank Payne of Iroquois said.
But Alex McBride came through with a lay-up with eight seconds left, and a couple of free throws finished off a nice 41-37 win.
Marissa Parker had 11 points, nine rebounds and four blocks for Iroquois, and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
“She stepped up big time,” Payne said. “She took the team on her shoulders.
“It was a great game, especially for one so early in the season.”
In girls basketball on Friday night, Depew went flying past Niagara-Wheatfield in the fourth quarter to earn a 67-56 win. The Wildcats had a 23-7 edge in the fourth quarter to erase a five-point Falcons lead after three quarters.
Aviance Clark led Depew with 27 points, and she filled the rest of the score sheet with 14 rebounds and five steals. Tess Borgosz added 25 points as they did much of the scoring. For N-W, Kyri Jackson finished with 24 points.
Elsewhere, Tapestry turned up its defense when it was needed the most in a 40-34 win over Buffalo Seminary. The Sirens were held to two points in the fourth quarter, allowing Tapestry to pull out the game.
Nia Carver had four of the final six points for the winners, scoring on two drives to help break a 34-34 tie in the final minute. Carver finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Quattro pitches shutout
Williamsville picked up a 2-0 win over West Seneca/Hamburg in girls hockey.
Rose Quattro had 18 saves for Williamsville in earning the shutout, while Leah Czerwinski had a goal.