MST Seneca rallies
No. 7 seed MST Seneca rallied from a 13-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter and defeated No. 10 Lackawanna, 51-49, in their Section VI Class B-2 prequarterfinal.
Tough man-to-man defense, with Diallo Gray pressuring the Steelers’ point guard led the comeback. Domonic Prince had eight of his 15 points in the final period while David Anderson had seven of his 12 in that frame. Earl Howard, who finished with 11 points, had four points in the fourth as the Indians outscored the Steelers, 21-5.
Noah Grabar had 14 points for Lackawanna, which led 35-21.
Seventh-seeded Lockport, a team some view as a darkhorse in the Class AA sectionals, got its postseason bid off to an impressive start with a 101-42 rout of West Seneca West.
Five different Lions scored in double-figures in the victory, led by senior Lavette Warren’s 18 points and sophomore Javon Ford’s 14.
Lockport will travel to No. 2 seed Williamsville North, the ECIC I co-champion, on Friday.
Jordan Nwora (27) and Joe Jones (22) combined for 47 points in Park School’s 73-56 Monsignor Martin Association victory at St. Joe’s, cementing the Pioneers’ No. 2 large school ranking behind Canisius.
Grant Beyer led St. Joe’s with 15 points.
Stapf comes throughTyler Stapf came through with his biggest contribution in the second half for No. 11 Tonawanda as the Warriors held off visiting No. 14 Springville, 40-38, in their Section VI Class B-1 first-round game.
Stapf had 11 points and nine rebounds. Nine of his points came in the second half when Springville had a 23-18 advantage. Cody Diaz had 10 points and six steals for Tonawanda.
Kyle Warner led the Springville rally with 22 points.
Akron girls advance
In one of only two seeding upsets in girls sectional play and it was a mild one. No. 10 seed Akron overpowered No. 7 Gowanda, 54-30, in a Class B-2 prequarterfinal. Neely Abrams led the Tigers with 18 points. In a bit of an oddity, four players had 11 points each for Gowanda – Delaney Carpenter, Alexis Hawkins, Susan Jones and Gabby Lay.