Maryvale sits alone in first place in ECIC III after Wednesday night’s 54-43 victory over visiting Lake Shore.
The teams were tied at 43-all before Zach Amato’s three-point basket put the Flyers in front. Senior Ray Blackwell then finished it off with eight straight points, including 6 for 6 at the foul line.
It was the eighth straight win for coach Mark Kensy’s Flyers after an opening loss to Amherst, coached by Mark’s son, Chris.
Mark Kensy is not surprised by his team’s early success.
"Blackwell is a four-year starter and Dylan Casey has been a two-year regular," Kensy said. "Rashad Law is
an All-Western New York football player. I knew if we can keep everybody together and get them transitioned from football to the basketball court, and if
we played good defense, we could take care of business."
Lancers rout Walsh
Archbishop Walsh’s boys basketball team made the trip from Olean to St. Mary’s of Lancaster with only six players because of player defections. Because two of the players are freshmen and two sophomores, it figured to be a decisive win for the host Lancers. That’s exactly how it turned out.
St. Mary’s, rebounding from its first loss of the season the night before to Cardinal O’Hara, put 12 players in the scoring column in a 76-25 rout.
"They were awfully young and awfully small," said St. Mary’s coach Paul Rath of the Walsh team.
The game served as a good warmup for the Lancers, who will head for Ohio and games in Cincinnati against La Salle on Friday and Elder on Saturday.
It’s not unusual for St. Mary’s teams, particularly its standout girls volleyball powerhouses, to play out of state. But the trip to Ohio is a rare treat for the Lancers basketball team.
The director of athletics at La Salle High is Keith Pantling, a Western New York native and Canisius College graduate, who helped arrange the games for St. Mary’s.
In girls basketball, Mount St. Mary bounced back from its loss at No. 1 ranked Cardinal O’Hara on Monday night and defeated visiting Mount Mercy, 50-34. Lois Garlow led the Thunder with 20 points. Mount St. Mary evened its Monsignor Martin league record at 1-1.
Kopp puts on shooting show
Isaac Kopp put on a three-point shooting show for Franklinville on Monday night to lead a 75-41 triumph over their Ellicottville in their CCAA East II battle for first place.
Kopp, a senior co-captain, hit seven threes in a row in the first half to help Franlinville to a 45-21 lead. Then he hit another in the second half for good measure.
All of Kopp’s 24 points came on threes.
With North Collins’ loss the same night, Franklinville was left as the lone team undefeated in division play.