Canisius basketball coach Kyle Husband got what he was looking for Wednesday night in a 76-53 victory over McQuaid of Rochester -- balance.
"A lot of balance," Husband said. "that's going to be a key for us this year,," Husband said after the Crusaders' third straight victory without a loss over some impressive opposition -- Williamsville South, Nazareth of Brooklyn and McQuaid.
It's not as if Canisius is lacking in talent. The Crusaders had four double-figure scorers in Wednesday's victory and another with nine points.
"I think any of them could be a star in the right situation," Husband said. "We have a lot of good players, and an unselfish group. The better we pass, I think the better we'll be."
Senior Nicholas MacDonald (17), senior Austin James (12), senior Ryan Bradley (11) and junior Joseph Jamison (10) hit double digits in scoring and Jayce Johnson had nine for Canisius. MacDonald scored 15 of his total on five three-pointers.
"Our first group came out with a lot of energy. We were up 22-2 after the first quarter," Husband said. "If we keep that up we should be pretty good."
Canisius won't have to wait long for a good test. They will face a talented Health Sciences team on Saturday night at St. Mary's of Lancaster.
Jamestown wins in OT
Henry Malarkey scored five of his 10 points in overtime to help Jamestown to a 58-55 victory at Frontier in ECIC I boys basketball. The Red Raiders had to overcome a 28-point performance by Kyle Ebert of the Falcons.
Ebert made a pair of free throws with 15 seconds left to send the game to the extra period. Jamestown rallied from a 25-12 halftime deficit, cutting the margin to 32-26 after three quarters. Marcus Rojas had 17 points, 13 rebounds and four steals for Jamestown. It was the league opener for both teams.
Sireika closes in on 1,000 for St. Francis
Bo Sireika scored from the outside with four three-point baskets in an 18-point performance that led St. Francis to a 66-53 triumph in a nonleague boys basketball game at Williamsville South.
Sireika, who also had eight rebounds, six assists and five steals, needs five points to reach 1,000 for his career with the Red Raiders.
Greg Dolan led the Billies with 23 points.
Close win for Steelers
Lackawanna, the defending ECIC IV boys basketball champion, survived a four-point second quarter and went on to defeat JFK, 57-54, for its second straight division victory Wednesday night on the Steelers' home floor.
The Steelers found themselves tied at halftime, but took charge by outscoring the Bears, 21-12, in the third and repelling a fourth-quarter rally.
Noah Grabar led the scoring for Lackawanna with 14 points. Noble Smith had 12 points, 11 rebounds and three steals while Jeremiah Caviness and Carlton Threeths each had 12 points.
JFK got a 20-point performance from Nick Baker, who dropped in six three-point shots.
Burgard, coached by Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Famer Hutch Jones, just managed to hold off visiting Franklinville, 62-61, in the final seconds. The Bulldogs had a chance to create some comfort, but after a steal by Brandon Myers, a Burgard shooter missed the first of one-and-one free throws giving Franklinville one last chance.
"We played better after getting beat up last night by South Park," Jones said. "I think we were intimidated. This time we played hard, executed down the stretch. It was nothing fancy, just a hard-working American win."
Myers had 18 points and eight rebounds while Keyon Pringle had 16 points and 10 boards for the Bulldogs. Joege Villa also had 16 for Burgard. Sam Erickson of Franklinville led all scorers with 28 points.
Thunder wins by 40
With the addition of transfer Lois Garlow to a roster that includes senior holdovers Grace O'Brien, Jillian Fittry and Mackenzie Badgley from last year's team, Mount St. Mary might be a darkhorse in Monsignor Martin Association girls basketball where Cardinal O'Hara and Sacred Heart are acknowledged powers.
Garlow scored 21 points in a strong all-around performance and O'Brien had 14 rebounds and five steals as the Thunder rolled over Tonawanda, 65-25. The losing Warriors are only 1-5 but have some returnees from the team that went 12-2 in league play and won ECIC IV last season.
Besides her scoring, Garlow contributed seven assists and six steals. Mount St. Mary led 25-9 after one quarter and 34-11 at halftime.
Faso scores twice in CASH win
CASH (Clarence/Amherst/Sweet Home) won its fourth straight game without a loss and tied for first place with Williamsville and Monsignor Martin in the Western New York Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Federation Wednesday with a 6-1 triumph over Hamburg/Eden/West Seneca (HEWS) at Amherst Northtown Center.
Emma Faso, a junior from Clarence, scored twice and Renee Lauer, a senior from Sweet Home, had a goal and an assist in the victory. Charleigh Rondeau and Samantha Czora also scored for the winners. Maddy Jurusik had a third-period tally for HEWS. CASH goalies saved 16 of the 17 shots she faced. Lauryn Brown, a freshman from Eden, and Adrianna Harmon, a junior from Eden, faced 40 shots as they split the HEWS goaltending.
Julia Mings, who led the WNYGVIH last season with 33 goals and 56 points last season for (CASH) was named United Collegiate Hockey Conference Rookie of the Week after she scored three goals for William Smith College in a 6-3 win over Cortland last Friday. Mings has four goals and four assists in eight games for the Herons.