Senior guard Michael Gayles scored 19 points and added nine rebounds Tuesday night as Buffalo Traditional School opened defense of its Section VI Class C title with a 66-51 non-league victory over Kenmore West at Kenmore Middle School.
The Bulls, who advanced all the way to last March's State Class C final at Glens Falls before losing to Rensselaer, used a 22-12 outburst in the fourth quarter to pull away. Marlow Winston added 13 points for Traditional, which also got 10 points and 11 rebounds from Lindsay Singleton and 10 points from Eric Mitchell.
Scott Parker had 18 points and Kevin Coad 12 for Ken-West. It was the season opener for both teams.
Travis Carrow scored 25 points and Jason Swartz had 20 as Frontier held host Grand Island to six points in the last eight minutes and won, 59-51. Anthony Scott and Grant Koslowski had 13 apiece for Grand Island, which lost to Kensington in last year's Class B-1 final.
Holland moved to 3-0 as Erik Koch scored 18 points in a 79-73 victory over Allegany. Roger Giles added 17 and Pat O'Connor 14 for the Dutchmen, who hit 20 of 28 attempts from the foul line. Ed Suchora led Allegany with 15. Lee Giardini and Chris Parks chipped in 14 apiece.
Steve Lockett scored 21 of his 24 points in the second half as Dunkirk overcame a 28-17 halftime deficit to nip Lake Shore, 55-54. Lloyd Buchanan added 16 points for the Marauders. Phil Coyle led Lake Shore with 11.
Deshon Cook scored seven of his 15 points in the final four minutes as Seneca held off Newfane, 65-61. Roy Reeves added 14 points for the winners. Newfane got 24 points and 12 rebounds from Mike Murray and an 18-point, 10-rebound output from Jim Perry.
P.J. Bryniarski scored 22 points and hit a pair of key three-pointers in the fourth period as Sweet Home (1-1) held off Lockport, 71-65. Mark Bochynski added 22 points and 14 rebounds for the Panthers. Greg Fluellen led Lockport with 20 and Darren Bracken had 18.
Chris Kuzina's 18 points and 15 rebounds powered West Seneca East over Gow, 75-41. Tom Finnerty added 13 points for East; Tom Trepcos paced Gow with 12.
John Emborsky had 22 points as Wilson crushed Alden, 69-36. The Lakemen grabbed a 30-17 halftime lead and were never threatened.
Chris Cybulski had nine of his 17 points and Ken Grzybowski had eight of his nine in the first period as Lancaster jumped to a 25-1 lead after one period and ripped Depew, 71-27.
All 12 players scored for the Redskins, who had a 37-9 halftime lead.
Casey Filarecki's 20 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks helped Clarence hold off St. Mary's of Lancaster, 65-62, and join the Redskins in Friday's final.
Ryan Vaughan added 19 points for the Red Devils. Ray Bova had 23 and Jason Swiatek 18 for St. Mary's.
Orchard Park Tournament
Ruben Tidwell had 29 points, nine rebounds and six steals to lead Burgard past Hamburg, 83-74. Lyman Mitchell added 26 points and nine assists for Burgard, who meet Orchard Park in Friday's final. Hamburg (1-1) got 29 points from Rob Lange and 18 from Chris Cappuzzo, both of whom had three three-pointers.
Orchard Park (1-0) dumped East Aurora, 60-46, behind 14 points and 11 rebounds from Scott Leary and 14 points from Dennis Schimpf. East Aurora (0-2) got 24 from Mike Lamond.
Chris McLaughlin led three players in double figures with 15 points and Cory Schemm collected 10 rebounds and eight assists as Maryvale dumped Cleveland Hill, 57-45. Tyrone Magby led Cleveland Hill with 12 points.
Cheektowaga roared to a 29-4 first-quarter lead and routed Amherst, 72-42, behind 20 points from Tim Nowicki, 14 from Mark McCabe and 14 points and 14 rebounds from Eric McCabe. The Warriors meet Maryvale Friday night for the championship.
John Hawk scored a game-high 19 points and Brocton hit six free throws in the final 2 1/2 minutes to clinch a 67-59 victory at Silver Creek. Terry Ormsby added 15 points for the Bulldogs. Paul Setera had 15 for Silver Creek, making three of the Black Knights' six three-pointers.
Matt Hunter's 28 points and 10 rebounds sparked West Seneca Christian past St. Mary's School for the Deaf, 57-52. St. Mary's got 36 from Jerry Heider.
Lackawanna-Sweet Home reset
Lackawanna's home game Friday against Sweet Home has been moved to Thursday at 8 p.m. Lackawanna district schools will be closed Friday for the funeral of superintendent Dr. Thomas F. McDonnell, who died Sunday.