Call it 17 wins in a row for LaSalle over arch-rival Niagara Falls.
The host Explorers used some staunch defense and a career-high 19 points from senior Scotty Rose to wipe out an 11-point, first-half deficit and beat the Power Cats, 58-46, Friday night in the semifinals of the Niagara Frontier League Kickoff Invitational.
LaSalle (5-0) will host Nichols, a 67-64 winner over Governor Simcoe (Ont.), in Tuesday night's final at 7:30. LaSalle has lost the tournament final each of the last two years.
LaSalle fell behind early when point guard Modie Cox, averaging 23 points and 10 assists per game, picked up three fouls in the first two minutes. But Rose, who grabbed 11 rebounds, had six of his points in the third period, and Jeff Lewis had all five of his as the Explorers went on a 19-7 run to take a 40-34 lead.
Cox finished with 13 points for LaSalle, while Niagara Falls (4-1) got 27 from Wilie Cauley and 14 from David Hunt.
Nichols (3-0) blew a 17-point halftime lead before rallying in the last two minutes as Jack Plunkett tied the score with two free throws. Bob Fitzgibbons added the go-ahead point from the line and Kori Brown (team-high 25 points) sealed it with three freebies.
In losers bracket games, Anthony Scott's 14 points and 16 rebounds powered Grand Island (3-2) past St. Catharines, 66-36.
Kenmore East (3-3) got 26 points from Mike O'Bryan in a 54-48 win at Lockport. Darren Bracken had 17 points and 15 rebounds for Lockport (1-3).
Kevin Coad connected for 21 of his 25 points in the first half as Kenmore West (3-2) held off Niagara-Wheatfield, 59-56.
Mike VanDeWater's 17 points led Tonawanda (2-2) past Lew-Port, 61-56. Doug Strikwerta had 18 for the Lancers (1-3).
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Lamont Cunningham scored eight of his 13 points in the second quarter and Donald Faison netted six of his 12 then as Burgard (3-1) took a consolation round win over Buffalo Arts, 69-61. Burgard trailed, 24-14, after one period before outscoring the Cavaliers, 24-6, in the second quarter to take a 38-30 halftime lead. James Boone led Arts with 16 points.
Saron Leeper's layup with two seconds left sent Jamestown (2-1) past West Seneca East, 59-58, in a league opener. Ray Taylor led the Red Raiders with 19 points and Leeper had 17. Mike Wiley had 16 and Tom Finnerty 15 for East (1-1).
Keith Zawadski scored eight of his 14 points in the fourth quarter and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Sweet Home (3-2) past West Seneca West, 69-59. P.J. Bryniarski led Sweet Home with 16 points. Brian Sulkowski had 17 for West.
Troy Parucki had 18 points, while Chris Cybulski and Bill Davis added 14 apiece as Lancaster (3-1) beat Orchard Park, 70-48. Dennis Schimpf had 28 for the Quakers.
Larry Thompson's three-pointer with four minutes left gave Lake Shore (1-2) the lead for good in a 52-48 win over Williamsville East, which dropped its first game in four starts. Thompson led the winners with 15 points. Jeff March had 17 for East.
Ryan Vaughan (16 points) hit two three-pointers in the first quarter as Clarence (2-1 overall, 1-0 in the league) pulled away for a 64-37 win over Iroquois. Jason Tracy led the Red Devils with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Keith Stiles paced Iroquois with 10 points.
Scott Baity's 20 points and 11 from John Parks led Williamsville North (1-2) past Depew, 80-60. Jason Uhteg and James Domzalski netted 19 apiece for Depew.
Eric McCabe had 21 points and Brian Nowicki added 19 as Cheektowaga (5-0) opened league play with a 85-63 win over Pioneer. The Panthers (0-4) got 27 points from Rob Souter.
Sophomore Cory Schemm had nine points, seven assists and 12 rebounds to lead Maryvale (2-1) past Amherst, 66-43. Chris McLaughlin led Maryvale with 12 points.
Dave Peterson was 10 of 13 from the field and scored 24 points as Springville moved to 6-0 with an 83-41 rout of Eden. The Griffins also got 14 points from Jason Krezmien and 13 from Sean Fitzpatrick 13.
Rob Lange (25 points) and Kris Cappuzzo combined to got 12 of 15 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter, sparking Hamburg (3-1) past Frontier, 58-56. The Bulldogs hit 27 of 39 free throws in the game. Frontier got 15 points from Jason Swartz.
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Gregg Shea's 20 points paced Canisius (3-0) past Niagara Catholic, 91-66. Dan Popadick had 15 points and Jeff Snyder added 13 points and nine rebounds for the Crusaders. Jason Cavanaugh led Niagara Catholic with 18 points.
Tom Heschke and Jim Bachman hit two free throws each in the final 90 seconds as Barker (3-2) held off Newfane, 51-49, on the opening night of league play. Joel Allen led Barker with 18.
Dennis Frey scored 26 points to lead visiting Akron to a 66-65 victory over Albion. Ray Callicutt scored 16 points to lead four Purple Eagles in double figures.
Wilson rode big first- and third-quarter advantages to an 82-63 victory over Roy-Hart. The Lakers (3-1) outscored the Rams, 20-9, in the first quarter and 24-11 in the third. John Emborsky lead Wilson with 26 points and 13 rebounds Roy-Hart (1-4) got 17 points from Mike Abraham.
Medina's Matt Holloway netted 20 points as the Mustangs (1-4) held off a late rally and beat Starpoint, 62-51.
Jason Seneca's two free throws with 10 seconds left allowed Gowanda (4-0) to withstand Cory Emory's three-pointer at the buzzer and beat Sherman, 57-56.
Senior Tom Kuster's 12 points led three Silver Creek players into double figures in a 47-32 victory over Forestville. Shawn Hadley had a game-high 18 points for Forestville.
Fredonia (3-2) jumped to a 20-7 first-quarter lead and handed South Park its first loss, 72-62. Luke Gullo led the Hillbillies with 24 points. Chris Boone led South Park (3-1) with 19 points.
St. Joe's (3-0) got points from 13 players in a 106-61 rout at East Aurora. Junior guard Ray Cullinan led the Marauders with 18 points, hitting 6 of 7 from both the field and the line. Eric Eberz had 14 points and 14 rebounds, while Bill Flynn and Aaron Calhoun chipped in 13 points apiece. Michael Lamond led East Aurora with 16 points.
Pep Skillon's 21 points and 10 rebounds led Hutch-Tech (4-1) to a 89-64 win over Lafayette in a non-league game between Yale Cup teams. Curtis Brooks added 19 points for the Engineers, who also got 15 points and 10 rebounds from Chuck Thompson.
Tom Previglian's 20 points, including four three-pointers, and 14 from Dean Edwards paced Olean (3-0) past Bradford, 60-51.
Andy Wardein scored 24 points as Olean Walsh (3-1) opened a two-game jaunt to Long Island with a 63-57 win at Pierson.