Mark Kensy’s lengthy coaching career with Maryvale experienced a new high Friday night.
The decibel level inside his home gym.
“I’ve never heard it so loud in my life,” he said.
The Flyers trailed, 28-14, with 3:31 remaining in the third quarter before rallying to a 50-42 victory over Cheektowaga in a Section VI Class A-2 quarterfinal game.
Kensy switched 5-foot-8 guard Ray Blackwell on to Cheektowaga star Dominick Welch. The decision paid off, as Blackwell made Welch work for every point he scored.
“Ray is just a tremendous basketball player,” Kensy said.
Blackwell also had 16 points, and hit a pair of three-pointers in the fourth quarter, as did Ted York-Brown.
Maryvale advances to Buffalo State for the 11th time in the last 14 years, with Kensy getting the chance to coach against his son, Chris, the head coach at top-seeded Amherst, for the first time in the postseason.
Chris Kensy’s Tigers earned an 85-42 win over Pioneer, with T.C. Brown filling the stat sheet with 30 points, six assists, five rebounds and five steals.
Senior forward Dan Speyer scored just two points, but simply glancing at the box score doesn’t tell the whole story of his contribution to Lancaster’s 64-54 victory over Kenmore West. Speyer played lock-down defense on Kenmore West’s Aaron Tucker in the second half, while Alex Konst carried the offense with 31 points for the winners.
“He’s a third-year varsity player and he would get to the basket one way or the other for us,” Lancaster coach John Otto said of Konst.
Senior Sean Hill had a triple-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists as No. 2-seed Williamsville North pulled away from Lockport in a game that was tied after the first quarter. Maceo Jack poured in 30 points in the win, while Jairus Huggins had a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards.
Elsewhere, Jamestown’s James Rojas scored 35 points in an easy 83-53 win over Orchard Park, with Zacc Kinsey adding 16 for the defending sectional champions.
Roy-Hart is headed to Buffalo State for the first time in school history. The Rams earned the trip with a 57-45 win over MST Seneca. Andy Xapsos had 22 points, Justin Heschke finished with 13 points and eight rebounds and Chris Anderson had a double-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks in the win.
The seedings said Allegany-Limestone earned a big upset when it knocked off top-seeded Cleveland Hill in a Class C-1 quarterfinal. But Gators coach Glenn Anderson didn’t see it that way after his team’s 52-39 win.
“It’s a tribute to the schedule we played,” he said. “We played some really good teams, and it got us ready for this moment.”
Senior guard Brad McAfee led A-L with 19 points, while Bailey Higby had nine of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and also had five steals. The Gators’ 2-3 zone defense contested every shot by Cleveland Hill, Anderson said.
Elsewhere, Chautauqua Lake edged East, 48-47, behind 24 points from Carter Davidson.
Seventh-seeded Portville trailed by as many as 15 points, but rallied for a 43-36 victory over No. 2 Holland. Colin Kloc had nine points, nine rebounds and took three charges in the win. Portville held Holland without a basket for an 11-minute stretch spanning the third and fourth quarters.
Middle Early College dominated Global Concepts, 97-49, with senior guard Fred Foster recording a triple-double with 21 points, 10 assists and 15 rebounds.
Chris Robson beat the buzzer with a layup to give Sherman a 41-40 win over Brocton. Robson, who led all scorers with 28 points, hit a three-pointer with about 8 seconds left to pull Sherman within one, then Mike Delcamp stole the inbounds pass and found Robson under the basket for the winning layup.