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High School Extra (Dec. 31): Macks pull away in a flash; Canisius title bid falls short

Macks pull away in a flash

McKinley likes to play at a fast pace and for more than a half Cheektowaga did the same, hanging with the News’ fourth-ranked Large School boys basketball team.

That got the Macks’ attention as they stepped on the gas during the final 4 minutes and 26 seconds of the third quarter to turn a close game into yet another rout. McKinley won its own tournament for the second year in row, beating the Warriors, 78-57, Wednesday afternoon behind an intense defensive effort that produced 26 turnovers and countless Cheektowaga misses that turned into easy points.

McKinley forced two misses and one turnover during a 24-second span that turned a 42-39 lead into a three-possession game with 4:02 left in the third. The Macks led 62-47 at the end of the quarter.

Tournament MVP Kesean Fisher scored 23 points, altered several shots in the paint and made six steals to lead unbeaten McKinley (9-0). Avious Outlaw added 22, while Keyon Johnson had nine for the Macks.

“The second half we just regrouped,” winning coach Zaire Dorsey said. “We made a nice run there in the third quarter and just wore them down.”

McKinley threatened to turn it into a laugher early, going on a 16-2 run after the Warriors tied the game at 16-16 just 15 seconds into the second quarter. However, Cheektowaga (3-4) scratched and clawed its way back into the game, pulling within 35-30 at halftime behind 10 points by Dominick Welch. The junior finished with 23 points.

The Macks still had plenty in reserve.

“That was big for us,” Dorsey said. “A little adversity. We hadn’t had too much adversity this year so that was big. The kids stepped up in crucial situations. That was a big moment for us.”

Canisius title bid falls short

Canisius’ bid to win the National Jesuit Classic at Georgetown Prep for the first time came up a little short as the News’ No. 1 Large School team and defending state Federation Class A champions suffered their first loss of the season. Sophomore guard Jared Bynum drained nine three-pointers during a 33-point performance to lead the Hoyas to a 62-44 win over Canisius in Bethesda, Md.

Bynum, who has his share of Division I suitors already, made several of his treys at the end of possessions as the shot clock wound down.

Will Atkinson led the Crusaders (7-1) with 16 points, while Stafford Trueheart added 10. Canisius trailed 29-25 at halftime, but Georgetown Prep used a 17-6 third quarter to seize control.

Canisius coach Kyle Husband said making the final at this event for the first time in seven years as a participant means a lot to his program.

“I was incredibly proud of our guys and teams but unfortunately Georgetown Prep just played a little bit better than us,” Husband said. “All in all I’m proud of my team.”

Elsewhere, tournament MVP Takal Molson scored a game-high 37 points as St. Mary’s (7-1) shot 52 percent en route to winning the Five Guys Holiday Tournament at Williamsville North over the host Spartans, 75-61.

Greg Dolan had 12 points and seven assists, but Williamsville South fell in the title game of the Chaminade Tournament to the hosts, 66-56. Chaminade made 15 three-pointers.

Nick Motley had 14 points, 11 rebounds and four steals as St. Joe’s defeated visiting Starpoint, 65-60. ... Moses Hughes had 18 points, 10 rebounds and five steals while Willard Anderson added 17 points and five assists as No. 6 Small School East (2-6) surprised No. 6 large school Lockport (7-2), 66-61 in the consolation game of the Aquinas Tournament in Rochester.

Brinker MVP of OP event

East Aurora defeated host Orchard Park, 37-34, to win the Orchard Park Girls Basketball Tournament.

Tourney MVP Emma Brinker grabbed 19 rebounds, scored seven points and blocked three shots to lead EA, while teammate Maya Dils took game-scoring honors with 12 points.

Grace Ruh, an all-tournament team selection, led OP with eight points.

Ken West rallied from a 10-point first-quarter deficit to beat Mount Mercy, 38-35, as senior Sam Britton scored 18 points to go with eight rebounds.

Schoelerman sets record

Tonawanda junior Haley Schoelerman did more than break the school record for career blocks. The junior shattered the mark and still has more than a season to add to her current total of 137.

Schoelerman recorded a triple-double of 12 points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocks to lead the Warriors to a 54-38 win over North Tonawanda in the final of the Tonawanda Tournament.

The 6-foot-1 Schoelerman needed just two blocks Wednesday to eclipse the old mark of 128 set by 2002 graduate Sherri White. She got both of those in the first quarter and now has a single-season school record 79 blocks. She finished the tournament with 19 blocks in two games.

“She’s definitely one of our mainstays,” Tonawanda coach Jay Hall said. “She’s not selfish. She just wanted the record because it helps the team” when she blocks shots.

Ken West rallied from a 10-point first-quarter deficit to beat Mount Mercy, 38-35, as senior Sam Britton scored 18 points to go with eight rebounds.

St. Joe’s, North win titles

Thirteen is not an unlucky number as it proved to be the charm for St. Joe’s hockey. The Marauders, in their 13th attempt, won the prestigious Mount St. Charles Holiday Faceoff in Rhode Island.

They secured the title by beating Franklin (Mass.), 4-2, as Nik Carbone had two goals, while Jeremy Ienco also scored for the Marauders (8-2-1). Tournament MVP Danny Mikolajczak finished with 13 saves.

Williamsville North beat Saratoga, 5-1, to capture the Shenendehowa Winter Classic in Albany for the first time since 2012.

Adam Batz had a goal and two assists, while goalie Jake Zurat finished with 13 saves as the Spartans (5-3) won their fifth straight game.

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