Jason Wojciechowski scored 1:30 into overtime to give West Seneca West, a 4-3 victory over LaSalle Institute of Troy on Wednesday in the championship game of the Mohawk Tournament held at Union College in Schenectady.
The Indians never trailed in the game but the Cadets came back from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to tie the game. LaSalle's third goal came with two minutes left in regulation.
Western New York football Player of the Year Matt Myers scored to put West Seneca West in front, 3-2. Jacob Fort and Parker Leemer had the other goals for West. Indians goalie Noah Sobczyk made 14 saves in the victory, which left the Indians with a 6-3-1 overall record. They are 3-2-1 in Division 2 of the Western New York Federation. West outshot LaSalle, the defending Section II champion, 24-17.
Tuesday, West Seneca West overwhelmed Niskayuna of Schenectady, 9-5, in the opening round of the tournament.
"We won both of our games. We did what we wanted to do," said West Seneca West coach Kevin Rozo.
O'Hara gets first win over Joe's since 2009
Cardinal O'Hara lit up the scoreboard for 30 points in the third quarter and went on to a 76-72 victory over St. Joe's, in the first round of the Ken-Ton Tournament played at Kenmore West. It was O'Hara's first win over the Marauders since a 65-64 game at St. Joe's on Jan.9, 2009.
"Must have been my halftime speech," O'Hara coach Tony Pulvirenti joked in explaining how his Hawks turned a 29-27 halftime deficit into a 57-41 advantage at the three-quarter mark.
On a more serious note, Pulvirenti credited more aggressive defense from his players for the rally.
"We didn't change anything, just went with our base defense," Pulvirenti said.
O'Hara had to survive the loss of sophomore star Justin Hemphill, who fouled out with about five minutes left. Hemphill left with 14 points.
"Different guys needed to stop up and play a bigger role," said Pulvirenti. "And they did."
Nasir Benton led the Hawks with 20 points. Sophomore Brandon Broadnax had a career-high 19. Sophomore Jermaine Haynes scored 12 of his 16 points in O'Hara's third-quarter surge. Benton made six of seven free throws in the final minutes to hold off the Marauders, who were led by a 37-point performance by senior forward Jack Capen.
The other semifinal between Kenmore West and Kenmore East went down to the wire -- twice.
West apparently took a four-point lead with 8 seconds to go in regulation but the basket was waved off on a charging call. D'Anzo Young of Kenmore East took advantage making a basket with 1 second left to send the game to overtime.
Sophomore Zac Boyes hit a three-point shot and a free throw in overtime as Kenmore West took the lead. However, East had the last shot and a three-point attempt by Nate Murdie at the buzzer dipped in and out sending Kenmore West on to tonight's championship game against O'Hara at 6:30 p.m.
South in Chaminade final
Williamsville South's Greg Dolan took his talents to Mineola on Long Island Wednesday and put on a show in the Billies' 82-65 triumph over Westbury of Section I inthe first round of the Chaminade Tournament.
Dolan scored 33 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and had eight steals in an impressive all-around performance for South, which improved its record to 6-2 for the season with losses to Canisius and St. Francis.
The Billies will face either host Chaminade or Telecommunications of New York City in the championship game at 7:30 p.m. tonight. Chaminade was runner-up for the State Catholic High School championship last season.