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STEELERS PULL AWAY IN SECOND HALF

Lackawanna, up by five at halftime, broke away in the second half and beat West Seneca West, 61-46, Tuesday in the West Seneca Rotary boys basketball tournament.

The Steelers, leading just 24-19 at the half, built a 20-point lead early in the third quarter. Kiam Gunn led Lackawanna with 23 points and Byron Threeths added 14. Mike Flynn led the winless Indians with 16.

Grover Cleveland made the boys basketball coaching debut of Willie "Hutch" Jones a successful one with a 56-51 win over West Seneca East. David Barlo had 12 points and Tishawn Campbell added 11 for the Presidents. The Trojans were led by Mike Tyszka with 20 points.

ECIC I: Brian Dux scored 12 of his game-high 26 points in the third quarter to lead Orchard Park to a 63-37 win over Williamsville North. Mike Novak added 10 points for the Quakers. Dan Rose led the Spartans with 13.

Fredonia Tournament: Tim Creahan netted 20 points and Seth Edwards added 16 as Williamsville South beat winless Fredonia, 61-58. James Sharrow led the Hillbillies with 20 points.

Mark Price had 24 points, 11 steals and 10 assists for Riverside in an 80-61 win over Maple Grove.

Pine Valley Tournament: Nursing a two-point lead with 4 minutes left, West Valley made back-to-back three-pointers and eventually beat Pine Valley, 55-42. Lateef Ghani led West Valley with 15.

Non-League: Kenmore East switched to a zone in the fourth quarter and beat Roy-Hart, 68-54. The Bulldogs held the Rams to six points in the fourth. Adam March (20 points) and Ryan Kirbis (18) led East. Kevin Kuzma had 15 points for Roy-Hart.

Girls basketball

Rotary Club Tournament: Angela Tylec's MVP performance brought her within eight points of the school career scoring record and helped Niagara-Wheatfield beat Lake Shore, 44-29.

Tylec, a junior, had triple-doubles in both games. Against the Eagles she had 24 points, giving her 1,570 points in her career. She trails current record-holder Beth Guiliani (1990 season). Katie Laettner led Lake Shore with 12.

In the consolation, Mt. Mercy beat Hutch-Tech, 42-30, behind 14 points from Claire Crowley. The Engineers got 13 points from Tracy Vanderlip.

ECIC II: West Seneca West outscored Pioneer, 20-9, in the fourth quarter and beat the Panthers, 68-60. Christi Rattle had 21 points and Kelly Gawronski added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Indians. Kristin Ferington had 20 points for Pioneer.

Starpoint Tournament: Shatika Milan scored 11 of her game-high 20 points in the fourth quarter to help Nardin beat North Tonawanda, 56-50. The Lady Jacks were led by Lynne Learned with 17.

Starpoint earned a berth in Saturday's final with a 37-28 win over Traditional. A third-quarter press helped the Spartans jump out to a 29-15 lead. Chris Cole led Starpoint with 15 points. Alondra Brown led the Bulls with 12.

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