It's not even Christmas and No. 1 among small schools in The Buffalo News Poll has already been stung.
South Park did the honors Friday night, rallying from a 29-22
halftime deficit to win at top-ranked Olean, 75-61, in a non-league game.
The Sparks (4-2), who rebounded from a 106-84 thumping Tuesday at Hutch-Tech, took the lead on Dawan Croskery's three-point goal with four minutes left in the third quarter. Olean (4-1) never recovered, as it was outscored, 53-32, in the second half.
Chris Boone led South Park with 20 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. Dante Lee added 17 points and Croskery chipped in 14. Dean Edwards had 26 for Olean and Tom Previglian added 14.
Among other non-league action, Sean Daley hit both ends of a one-and-one with six seconds left as Lackawanna (4-1) overcame Fredonia, 53-51. Mike Mamula led the Steelers with 14 points while Daley grabbed 12 rebounds. Luke Gullo led Fredonia (3-3) with 18 points.
St. Joe's (5-0) bruised Niagara-Wheatfield, 76-47, as Eric Eberz collected 22 points and 14 rebounds and Ray Cullinan netted 20 points, including five three-pointers. Cullinan had eight points and Rob Fitchlee had all six of his in a 22-7 third-quarter run. Rob Reid paced N-W (2-3) with 14.
Greg Botle scored 13 points and Mark Rodgers had six of his 12 in the fourth quarter as Southwestern (7-0) pulled away to beat winless Eden, 64-45. Jason Brown also had 12 points for the Trojans.
Chris Cybulski scored 22 points, but Lancaster (5-1, 3-0) needed a 10-2 fourth-quarter run to subdue West Seneca West, 86-72. Bill Davis added 17 for the Redskins and Ken Grzybowski had 13. Rick Swack had 24 points and Walter Tupyckyj had 22 for West (1-5, 0-3).
Ray Taylor's free throw with 18 seconds left in overtime gave Jamestown its third straight one-point win, a 47-46 decision over Frontier. Taylor, who had 15 rebounds and tied the score on a basket with seven seconds left in regulation, and Siron Leeper had 15 points apiece for Jamestown (4-1, 3-0). Travis Carrow led Frontier (3-3, 1-1) with 14 points.
P.J. Bryniarski scored 32 points, hitting five three-pointers, as Sweet Home (4-3, 1-1) outgunned West Seneca East, 82-68. Mark Bochynski added 18 points and 12 rebounds to the Panthers' cause. East (1-3, 0-2) was led by Mike Wiley's 22 points.
Rob Lange had three of Hamburg's six points in overtime as the Bulldogs (5-1, 2-0) overcame Lake Shore, 68-64. Kris Cappuzzo led Hamburg with 21 points, including a pair of tying free throws with four seconds left in regulation. Jason Kait had 20 points and David Beers 16 for Lake Shore (1-4, 1-2), which has already lost three games in OT this season.
Keith Stiles had 11 points, seven rebounds, five steals, four blocks and four assists as Iroquois (4-4, 1-2) beat Depew, 48-41. John Seelic scored 15 points for Depew (1-5, 1-2).
Bob Rindfuss netted 13 of his 19 points in the third quarter as unbeaten Springville (8-0, 2-0) used a 30-16 outburst to pull away from winless Amherst, 89-68. Jason Krezmien and Dave Peterson led the Griffins with 21 points apiece. Mark Emerick had 18 for Amherst, while Greg Viscardo totaled 11 points and 13 rebounds.
Junior Mike Mitchel collected 13 of his 21 points in the third quarter as Williamsville South (4-1, 2-0) used a 31-12 uprising to spark a 92-64 rout of Cheektowaga. Andre Graves helped the Billies keep pace with the Griffins by scoring 22 points and hauling down 18 rebounds. Scott Machemer had 20 points and Mitchel dished out 12 assists. Marc McCabe netted 23 points for Cheektowaga (5-2, 1-2).
Chris McLaughlin scored 19 points while Mark Podkladek (15 points, eight rebounds, seven assists) and Cory Schemm (14 points, eight assists, six steals) also starred as Maryvale (4-1, 2-0) overwhelmed Pioneer, 71-50. Chris Edwards had 13 for the Panthers (0-6, 0-3).
Ryan Brown had 21 points as Williamsville North (3-2) beat Orchard Park, 69-62, for its third straight win. Dennis Schmimpf had 26 points and Steve Kamats 18 for the Quakers (2-4).
Msgr. Martin Assn.
Damone James poured in 31 points as Turner/Carroll's pressure defense blitzed Niagara Catholic, 114-62. James, who hit 14 of 21 from the field, added seven assists. Kevin Sanford added 15 points as the Chargers (3-3, 1-0) placed five players in double figures. Jason Cavanaugh scored 21 for Niagara Catholic (0-4, 0-2).
Joel Allen hit for 10 of his game-high 19 points in the second quarter as Barker (4-3, 2-1) forged a 17-point advantage and cruised over Medina, 69-48. Tom Heschke added 17 points for the Raiders. Medina fell to 1-6, 1-2.
Casey Cowan scored 18 points, Brett Popp had 16 and Alan Ciurzynski 14 as Akron (6-0, 3-0) routed Starpoint, 74-46. Jason Lawrence scored 17 for the Spartans (0-6, 0-3).
Wilson (5-1, 3-0) got 20 points from John Emborsky and used a 14-3 fourth-quarter edge from the free-throw line to beat Newfane, 67-56. Newfane (2-6, 0-3) got 15 apiece from Jim Perry (14 rebounds) and Mike Murray.
Ed Williams (18 points, 15 rebounds) scored eight of Albion's 30 second-quarter points in an 86-66 win over Roy-Hart. Ray Callicutt led the Purple Eagles (2-4, 2-1) with 21 points and Lee Froman added 15. Brandon Harrington paced Roy-Hart (1-6, 1-2) with 15.
Joel Orton meshed 20 points, including two clinching free throws with eight seconds left, as Christian Central (5-3, 3-0) held off West Seneca Christian, 62-58. Paul Hess added 17 for the winners; Matt Hunter paced West Seneca with 21.
No. Tonawanda Tournament
Jason Nepokroeff's 19 points led North Tonawanda past Tonawanda, 75-53, and into tonight's championship against Grand Island, a 54-51 winner over O'Hara. Brian Cochran added 15 points and Felipe Gonzalez 14 for the Lumberjacks. Tonawanda got 21 points from Mike VanDewater. Both teams are 3-3.
Carey Stockin scored 20 points and Jason Czapla added 14 as West Valley (2-1, 2-1) turned a 24-10 fourth-quarter surge into a 58-37 drubbing of North Collins. David Maciejewski led the Eagles (1-4, 1-3) with 11 points.