Anderson powers East
East’s Willard Anderson continued his early-season dominance in the third game of the Cataract Classic, accounting for 24 points in the Panthers’ 66-45 victory over Amherst.
Combined, Anderson has scored 59 points, hit 10 threes and averaged eight rebounds and eight assists in East’s two games this season.
He was vital for East in the fourth quarter, scoring 14 of the team’s 27 points. As a team, East outscored the Tigers 27-8 in the final frame.
“He’s upped his game a lot from last year,” East coach Starling Bryant said. “He controlled the game in the last quarter.”
The Panthers are in Rochester today to face Rochester East.
Strategic end for Lakemen
Wilson boys basketball utilized the popular foul-up-three strategy after Nate Fox hit two free throws to go up 55-52 on Grand Island with 4.9 seconds remaining.
The Vikings made only one of two free throws and ran out of time for another basket. Wilson handed Grand Island its first loss of the season, 55-53, in the Cataract Classic.
Fox scored 24 points, hit six three-pointers and grabbed seven rebounds for the 1-3 Lakemen. He and Grand Island’s Cam Sionko (28 points) were named the game’s most valuable players.
Publics win at Wilson
The Wilson Tipoff pitted four private girls basketball teams against four publics. The public schools prevailed, winning three of the matchups.
The day started with the only victory for the private schools, as Sacred Heart earned a dominant 56-31 victory against Williamsville North. Micaela Ryan scored 19 points, while Siobhan Ryan scored 16.
Lancaster used a big fourth quarter to down Mount Mercy, 41-36, in the second game. The Legends outscored the Magic 15-6 in the final frame.
Lockport hit three free throws in the final 50 seconds to sneak past Nichols, 41-39. Elizabeth Mullane was the engine for the Lions, scoring 16 points and snagging 18 boards.
Wilson closed the afternoon with a 38-27 victory against Nardin.
O’Hara downs Tapestry
Cardinal O’Hara boys basketball earned its first victory of the season, downing previously undefeated Tapesty, 76-65.
Hawks coach Tony Pulvirenti said his team responded well to a 73-60 loss to Middle College Thursday, going through its best practice of the season Friday.
Justin Hemphill led O’Hara with 25 points, 16 rebounds, four steals and six blocks.
Jermaine Haines was hot from deep, hitting five three-pointers in a 25-point performance. Nasir Benton had the best game of his high school career from Pulvirenti’s perspective, totalling 21 points, five assists and six steals.
Canisius breezed by Nazareth of New York City, 68-53, to win its Tom Keenan Classic. Senior Jayce Johnson led the Crusaders with 15 points, while Joe Jamison scored 10.
Williamsville South defeated Aquinas, 58-44, in the consolation game of the Tom Keenan Classic. Greg Dolan hit nine of his 11 three-point attempts while scoring a team-leading 27 points.
St. Francis on win streak
St. Francis boys basketball is riding a two-game winning streak after a 62-51 victory over St. John the Baptist of West Islip at the Pastor-Cooper Memorial. Bo Sireika hit five three-point shots and scored 26 points in the victory.
St. Francis will play Williamsville South Wednesday.
Crusader icers win
Canisius boys hockey pulled away in the third period, scoring twice to defeat St. Francis, 5-3, at the Northtown Center.
Williamsville North is off to a hot 6-0-1 start after an 8-0 victory over Saratoga Springs in the championship of the the Saratoga Springs Ice Hockey Tournament.
Reily Moyer made 12 saves in the shutout.
The Spartans have outscored opponents, 16-2, in their last two games.
Busy day of wrestling
Chautauqua Lake-Westfield-Panama wrestling defeated St. Joe’s, Cheektowaga and Canisius at the Cheektowaga Warriors Duals, one of six local tournaments in a busy day of local wrestling.
Pioneer’s Mike Ringerman was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler after a strong performance on his home mat. The Panthers finished in second place in the eight-team Pioneer duals, bested by 7-0 V-Hilton.
Falls’ Barnes leaps ahead
Niagara Falls’ Rodney Barnes won the boys long jump and boys triple jump at the Early Christmas Classic at Houghton College. The indoor track event featured 35 schools.