Falls wins league opener
Coach Sal Constantino says its time for his Niagara Falls boys basketball team to live up to its promise. The Wolverines might be on their way after Tuesday night’s 74-56 victory over Kenmore West in a Niagara Frontier League opener.
“We have two seniors and four juniors in their third year of basketball,” Constantino said. “We have experience. We’ve been living on ‘gonna be good.’ Now its time to be good.”
Niagara Falls led by six going into the fourth quarter, then went on a 25-13 run to close it out.
“They don’t have a lot of depth,” Constantino said of Kenmore West. “Fatigue became a factor.”
Point guard Qeyion Williams led the fourth-quarter surge, scoring eight of his 19 points in the period and assisting on four other scores.
“Qeyion took over the game,” Constantino said. Senior Breyon Harris also had 19 for the Wolverines.
Football standout Terrell Ford led Kenmore West with 19 points.
Burgard wins Bennett tourney
Burgard coach Willie “Hutch” Jones switched to a 1-3-1 zone in the fourth quarter and the Bulldogs outscored Bennett, 12-1, in the period and went on to a 50-44 victory over the Tigers in the championship game of the Bennett Tournament.
Tournament MVP Isaiah Jamison led Burgard with 21 points but got a lot of help from Cordell Cain and Ralph Marks. Cain, who is averaging double-digits on the boards, has 12 rebounds. Marks did not score but “he was just like a pest on defense,” according to Jones.
Cain made the All-Tournament along with Bennett’s Robert Maldonado and Derrick Bishop and Davon Grant of International Prep at Grover.
Martinsen’s 34 leads Flames
Talk about opening your league schedule with a tough opponent on the road. Williamsville East began its ECIC II girls basketball schedule at Williamsville South, the defending state Class A champion. Coach Chris Durr’s Flames won, 49-35, behind a 34-point performance from sophomore Erica Martinsen, who returned to East after withdrawing from Blair Academy in New Jersey.
“Coming off a state championship, South still has a lot of very good players,” Durr said. “It was a huge statement by our team. I’m proud of our effort tonight. To hold that team to 35 points is pretty impressive.” Martinsen hit a school record eight three-pointers and had a strong game in the paint, taking in 11 rebounds as did teammate Carly Shifflet.
East limited the Billies to just one shot most of the game. The Flames had 30 rebounds, 26 on the defensive end.
Senior Brianna Neeley led South with 16 points.
St. Francis wins bowling
Ryan Crapo rolled a 722 series and Christian Prechtl a 681 to lead St. Francis to the team championship of the 30th annual Maryvale Boys Kick-Off Tournament at AMF Airport Lanes. The Red Raiders (3,063) finished 63 pins in front of second-place Frontier. Lancaster was third with 2,947.
Ryan Reese of Cardinal O’Hara took individual honors with a 740 series, including a 280. Alex Enright of Lancaster had a 257 game.