Defense keys Timon win
Bishop Timon-St.Jude clamped down on defense in the second half and scored a 63-55 victory over Canisius Friday in a battle of Msgr. Martin Athletic Association ranked teams.
Timon-St. Jude, No. 5 in The Buffalo News large-school poll, earned a sweep of the Crusaders and improved to 17-6 overall and 11-2 in league. Canisius, ranked No. 7, fell to 14-9 and 8-5.
Senior wing Davion Warren scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Timon. The Tigers got 14 apiece from Juston Johnson and Joe Harrison. Timon outscored the Crusaders, 19-11, in the third quarter to take control of the game. Ryan Bradley led the Crusaders with 22.
A 67-65 Timon win over the Crusaders on Jan. 3 snapped Canisius’ 36-game win streak against Western New York competition.
Elsewhere in the Msgr. Martin Association, Caleb Cockrell scored 20 points and Jack Capen had 18 to lead No. 1-ranked large school St. Francis past St. Joe’s, 59-56. The Red Raiders improved to 18-6 overall and 11-2 in league.
In non-league action, junior guard Trevor Book scored a career-high 37 points to lead North Tonawanda (16-5) to a 77-66 win over St. Mary’s of Lancaster (16-6). Book had 22 in the second half and grabbed eight rebounds.
Amari DeBerry scored 19 points and Zaria McCullough had 17 to lead Williamsville South’s girls basketball team to a 61-57 win over Sacred Heart in the first round of the Lockport Tournament. The Billies, ranked No. 2 among large schools, improved to 16-3. Jennifer Grim had 21 points and 10 rebounds for Sacred Heart (13-8), the No. 7 large school. The Sharks rallied to within three in the fourth quarter.
The Billies advance to the final against East Aurora, which outgunned Lockport in a fast-paced fourth quarter and scored a 59-57 victory. East Aurora got 13 points from Sarah Tully and 12 from Julianna Meisenheimer. The Blue Devils (16-3), the No. 4 small school, outscored the Lions, 25-23, in the last 10 minutes.
In other girls basketball action, senior guard Rachel Senek had 19 points and seven rebounds to lead Wilson over Cleveland Hill, 43-18, in the title game of the Wilson Prep Tournament. Wilson (17-3), No. 6 among small schools, had 19 steals.
Lancer icers advance
Matt Spameni scored from the slot 3:40 into the second overtime to give Lew-Port a 3-2 victory over Sweet Home in a Section VI small-school pre-quarterfinal. It was the third win this season for the Lancers (11-6) over the Panthers. Lew-Port got 38 saves from Nick Shotwell. Lew-Port meets Hamburg Sunday.
Tyler Arndt and Cam Bauer each had a goal and an assist to lead West Seneca East to a 4-3 victory over Williamsville South in a Section VI small-schools pre-quarterfinal. Danny Quinn and Matt Benaquist also scored for the Trojans, who face No. 3 seed Grand Island Sunday.