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High School Extra: McKinley plays spoiler

As expected the Yale Cup League I championship will come down to Thursday afternoon's East-at-South Park game, but s victory will give the Panthers only a tie for the championship.
That's because defending champion McKinley upset East's plans Monday, defeating the Panthers, 63-56. The loss ended East's six-game win streak and dropped the Panthers (11-2) out of a tie for the league lead and a half-game behind South Park.
"We threw a little monkey wrench into things," said McKinley coach Zaire Dorsey, whose team is 9-4 in Cup play and stands alone in third place.

While East was losing, South Park was holding off Middle Early College, 63-60, to go to  12-1 in the division.

Junior forward Emir Evans led the McKinley victory with a career-high 19 points and 11 rebounds.

McKinley got off to a 29-26 lead in the first quarter and stayed in front.

"Emir was great," Dorsey said. "It was a good first quarter for us defense and offensively. We still had a three-point lead going into the fourth quarter and  played really good defense."

The Macks held East star Willard Anderson to just two points in the second half. Anderson finished with 12 points as did junior forward Justin Allen.

Besides Evans, Kavon Rogers had 15 points for East.

Although it had lost recent games to East and South Park, Dorsey said his team gained some confidence with good play at times in those losses.

"We've been trying to figure out how to play with each other all year," Dorsey said. "Now we have a combination that plays a little defense and shares the ball and we're starting to win some of these tough games."

In its victory,  South Park built a 34-20 halftime lead but foul trouble nearly caught up coach Peter Hudecki's Sparks in the second half. Middle College outscored the Sparks, 40-29 the last two quarters.

"We started off a little slow but really turned it on in the second quarter, 21-10," Hudecki said. "There were a lot of fouls. We had two kids foul out so we needed our bench to come through>"

One reserve who did was junior forward Dante Ridgway who "had a bunch of rebounds and scored four points right away in the first 30 seconds after he came into the game in the second quarter," according to Hudecki.

Shakur Harris had 25 points for the Sparks. "He played really hard," Hudecki said."

Aziyon Clemons led MEC with 21 points.

Olmsted gains title tie

Olmsted clinched at least a tie for the Yale Cup League II title.

Olmsted outscored Lafayette, 35-11, in the fourth quarter and went on to 83-59 victory over the host Violets. The teams were tied at 48 after three quarters.

Naseem Baynes had 29 points and 13 rebounds for the Owls while Daniel Reed had 23 and Austin Parham 21 for the winners. Austin Grimes led Lafayette with 20.Dominic Prince had a triple-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 12 steals for MST Seneca in its 79-58 win over Buffalo Arts.

Tyreek Edwards of Emerson scored 52 points but the Eagles lost to Hutch-Tech, 92-81, and finished the season 0-13 in Yale Cup I.

Lancaster knots ECIC I race

Lancaster, playing perhaps its most complete game of the season, won its ECIC I showdown with Jamestown, defeating the visiting Red Raiders, 74-46,

By winning the Legends (10-1) tied Jamestown for the division lead. Each has one game remaining. Jamestown will be home to Williamsville North and Lancaster plays at Frontier on Wednesday.

Despite 15 points in the first half by Jamestown star James Rojas, Lancaster built a 38-23 lead at the break.

"It was one of the few times we put four quarters together all year," said Lancaster coach John Otto. "We kept after them with our halfcourt press and spread them out offensively. We used both sides of the court offensive and were shooting after 5-7 passes, not two or three. Everyone was getting touches."

"We had only six turnovers," Otto said. "I'm guessing they were in the teens."

Vito Fulciniti had 19 points and three-sport standout Leguim Castillo 17 for Lancaster.  Connor Duck had 14 rebounds for the winners.

James Rojas finished with 20 points for Jamestown.

Elsewhere, No. 3 large school Park got 24 points from Joe Jones and 23 from Daniel Scott in a 78-53 rout of St. Joe's in the Monsignor Martin Association.

WSW girls get first league win

Kourtney Urbanczyk made two free throws with 8 seconds left to give West Seneca West its first ECIC victory in the season finale, a 43-42 upset over Lancaster.  They were the only points of the game for the senior guard.

Mia McCarthy had 16 points and Mia McClain 12 rebounds for the Indians. who finished the regular season at 6-14, 1-11..


















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