Greg Dolan has been playing like one of the best boys basketball players in the area for quite a while at this point. He was at it again on Thursday night.
The Williamsville South standout had 30 points to lead the Billies to a 68-62 win over Bishop Timon-St. Jude. It was one of the best matchups of the early part of the season, as Williamsville South (5-0) was ranked third in The Buffalo News’ large school poll while Bishop Timon was No. 4.
Dolan received some help from teammate Dakota Wiley, who had 17 points with four three-pointers. Davion Warren scored 21 points for the Tigers, and Joe Harrison added 19.
Elsewhere, South Park earned a rare win over McKinley, a 65-64 triumph. How rare? Sparks coach Pete Hudecki could only guess how long it’s been – perhaps eight years or so.
“I know it’s been a long time,” he said. “And it was at McKinley, which made it sweeter.”
The Macks took their first loss after two straight undefeated league seasons.
Shakur Harris had 40 points to pace South Park. He scored 35 in the second half.
“He was just incredible,” Hudecki said. “He went nuts. They couldn’t stop him. He was 17 for 19 from the free-throw line. He’s a team captain, and he really wanted to beat McKinley.”
East and Hutch-Tech combined for an amazing 190 points, and East had 120 of them in the 50-point win. Willard Anderson had 37 points, eight assists and four steals for the Panthers, and Justin Allen had 30 points and 14 rebounds. Waunya Shaw added 20 points. Hutch-Tech was led by Mohammad Nor’s 20 points.
Tavien Kemp, an All-WNY fourth team selection last year, scored a career-high 47 points for Walsh in a 79-63 loss to Corning.
Turley hits 1,000 in loss
In girls basketball, Holland spoiled a bit of a party by Cleveland Hill in knocking off the No. 7-ranked Golden Eagles, 51-46. Sydney Turley reached the 1,000-point mark for her career, with the milestone coming in the third quarter. Turley had 26 points and 14 rebounds, while Cassidy Slocum led Holland with 26 points.
St. Mary’s of Lancaster moved to 6-0 overall with a 44-40 win over Kenmore East in a nonleague matchup. Caroline Zanghi had 10 of her 13 points in the third quarter as part of a rally from a 10-point halftime deficit.
Wilson continued to roll in Niagara-Orleans play with a 59-35 win over Roy-Hart. Rachel Senek had 26 points, including four three-pointers, to go with eight rebounds and seven steals, while Kayla Neumann had 14 points and eight rebounds.
St. Joe’s beats a rival
St. Joe’s hockey coach Rich Crozier put it simply: “Christmas came early.”
He was excited about a nice 5-1 win over Williamsville North, one of the state’s top teams. The Marauders scored three goals in about four minutes later in the first period to take the lead for good.
“Nate Burke had a nice game,” Crozier said. “It was his second three-assist game in a row. And our goalie was phenomenal. Donovan Boshier had 28 saves.”
The game was played before a full house at the Northtown Center.
In girls hockey, Williamsville improved to 9-0-1 with a 5-2 win over Amherst/Sweet Home/Clarence. The winners received two goals from Leah Czerwinski, while Amanda Gaffney had two assists.
Tori Fadeley had a key goal to help Orchard Park/Frontier/Lake Shore take a 4-2 victory over Kenmore/Grand Island.