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High School Extra: City Honors turns the tables

City Honors turns the tables

City Honors defeated Lafayette, 47-41 in Section VI boys basketball Class B-1 first round game after having lost to the Violets twice during the Yale Cup League 2 regular season.

Despite the fact that the Centaurs went into the game on a four-game losing streak and with 10 losses in the last 11 games, coach John Kudla thought his young team was peaking at the right time. One reason: giving League 1 champion International Prep some difficulty on Senior Night last week, before losing 67-55. I-Prep had defeated the Centaurs by 38 points the first time they met.

“That was a moral victory,” Kudla said. “Our kids are starting to come together. We have a freshman point guard Amir Radford. It’s tough to teach experience.”

Radford got into early four trouble Tuesday but Talon Moody filled in and Ryan Langhorne scored 17 points and took down 12 rebounds to lead the victory over the Violets.

Honors (4-16) trailed 32-29 after three quarters but outscored Lafayette, 19-9, in the fourth. Two of Lafayette’s three regular season wins were over Honors, 55-31 and 49-42.

Next for City Honors is a Wednesday night game at No. 5 seed Alden.

Alden girls top Burgard

Ann Kocher, Alden’s three-point shooting threat, was shut out from long range in the first half Tuesday, but she hit the target three times in the second to help the No. 10 seed Bulldogs to a 45-38 victory at No. 7 Burgard in a Section VI Class B-1 basketball prequarterfinal.

“It’s been a while since we won one,” said Alden coach Bob Delzer of the sectional victory. “Now we have a long ride on Thursday to Olean. It’s not only far but we’ll be facing one of the premier girls teams in Western New York.

“I’ve been coaching her for seven years and this will be the first time ever facing them. Our girls are up for the challenge, excited about the win and happy to be moving on.”

Kocher hit two treys late in the third quarter and another in the fourth for Alden.

“She gave us a little separation,” Delzer said.

Kocher finished with 14 points. Teammate Sydney Thompson had 10 rebounds and five steals. Maryam Johnson led Burgard with 14 points. Burgard finished the season at 7-7.

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