Tigers win star show
Two of the better players in ECIC boys basketball, if not all Western New York, and their teams went at it Wednesday night at Cheektowaga. Amherst, behind a 30-point game by senior TC Brown, defeated the host Warriors, 79-62, in an ECIC II league opener.
Brown had 10 rebounds, 10 assists and five steals to go with his 30 points. Cheektowaga’s Dominick Welch, a 6-foot-5 junior, had 32 points, including five three-pointers, as his team dropped its second in a row.
“Both teams definitely showed up and played very physical,” said Amherst coach Chris Kensy. “They gave everything they had to the last buzzer.”
Amherst (4-0) led 42-35 at the half and expanded the lead to 58-48 going into the final quarter.
Besides Brown’s output, the Tigers got double-doubles from center Amadi Ikpeze (13 points, 15 rebounds, six blocked shots) and Nathan Woldu (10 points, 10 boards).
Olmsted needed three overtimes to defeat host JFK, 65-59. Thomas Isbrandt of the Bears hit a half-court three at the end of the second overtime to knot the game again. Roach scored 16 of his 30 points to lead coach Andrew Bush’s Owls to their second victory.
In another thriller, Alex Pieri capped his 20-point game by making two free throws in overtime to ice Williamsville East’s 79-75 win over visiting Clarence. Mike Shanahan also had 20 for the Flames, but Clarence’s Adam Southern led all scorers with 33 points.
Redfern scores 48 Senior guard Kenetria Redfern put on the top scoring display of the season so far, boys or girls, putting up 48 in Cheektowaga’s 96-11 win over McKinley.
O’Hara led 25-11 after the opening period, and the scoring was virtually even the rest of the way.
Four O’Hara players – Anndea Zeigler (18), Corean Dickson (16), Summer Hemphill (10 points, 10 rebounds) and Kiara Johnson (10 points, 11 boards) – hit double figures. MMA icers win
Monsignor Martin, the defending Section VI girls hockey champion, won its second league game, defeating Lancaster/Iroquois, 5-1, at Holiday Twin Rinks.
Brynn Wopperer, a junior from Sacred Heart, scored twice for the winners. Kayla Blas, Kaitlin Drew-Mead and Ana Tower had the other tallies.