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High School Extra (Jan. 15): Will North’s Jack hits milestone; Frontier nabs first win

Jack nets milestone in win

It wasn’t in his home gym but Maceo Jack still received a standing ovation Thursday night after becoming just the fifth Williamsville North boys basketball player to reach 1,000 career points.

The senior hit the number right on the mark by hitting a free throw to finish off a conventional three-point play with 14 seconds left in the third quarter during the Spartans’ 78-31 win at West Seneca West in ECIC I.

Jack left the game after hitting the milestone as he scored 15 of his game-high 25 points during a third quarter in which North did not yield a point. The last Spartan to hit the 1,000 milestone was program all-time scoring leader and 2014 News Player of the Year Sterling Taplin.

“As soon as he got it he just broke out in the biggest smile,” North coach Chuck Swierski said. “We called a timeout. He did it on the road and got a standing ovation, a well-deserved one at that.”

The Spartans are 8-5 but 6-0 in division. They next host Orchard Park on Wednesday.

Frontier nabs first win

A young Frontier team experienced that winning feeling for the first time this season as the Falcons rallied for a 71-61 nonleague boys basketball win over visiting Oracle.

Trailing 46-39, Frontier hit three straight three-pointers to surge ahead with 2 minutes, 30 seconds left. Senior Pete DePalma, junior Zach Gerken and senior Zach Garland hit the consecutive treys, while sophomore Kyle Ebert, who scored a game-high 26 points, hit six free throws down the stretch to seal the Falcons’ first win in 10 starts.

“It’s a big win for us,” Frontier coach Gary Domzalski said. “It was very rewarding to see them progress.”

Lockport girls in control

Lockport avenged its only league loss of the season and now finds itself alone on top of the Niagara Frontier League girls basketball standings after Thursday night’s 48-30 victory over visiting Grand Island.

Rebounding proved to be the difference as the Lady Lions (9-2, 7-1) crashed the boards hard in pulling down 39 rebounds to avenge a 45-42 loss suffered at Grand Island (10-3, 5-3) earlier this season.

Margaretta Dry led the winners with 15 points, eight steals and six rebounds as coach Karen Catalano said she played an outstanding game.

Lockport led by six at halftime and carried an eight-point lead into the fourth quarter before pulling away.

“We just felt the momentum going into the fourth quarter,” Catalano said. “We have a very deep team so we were able to put the right pieces in at the right time and finish the game strong.”

Lockport visits North Tonawanda on Tuesday.

Wilson’s streak reaches 51

Wilson extended its Niagara-Orleans League winning streak to 51 straight games by handing host Newfane its first league loss, 71-55, in girls basketball.

Rachel Senek led the winners with 26 points, six rebounds and five steals, while Serina Jaeger added 15 points, eight rebounds and six steals for the Lakewomen.