Kenmore West waited 13 days for a chance to match the school record for consecutive victories to start a season. Now it will have to wait at least a year.
The Blue Devils started the 1976-77 season by winning their first 10 games and this year's squad was stuck at 9-0 after snow postponements. But LaSalle not only blemished West's perfect record with a 65-43 victory Wednesday, it also took over the lead in the Niagara Frontier League's Niagara Division.
The Explorers (6-1 overall, 5-0 division) jumped to a 9-0 lead on West's home floor and never let the Blue Devils (9-1, 3-1) within five points. Dewitt Doss led LaSalle with 23 points and Cornelius Hawthorne added 18 points and 11 rebounds. Brennen Przybysz led West with 15 points.
Yale Cup: Thirty points from Darmel Whitfield and Phil Jones' 17 points, 10 assists and 10 steals guided Seneca to a 92-73 victory over Traditional. Jamaal Cottman added 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Indians, who handed Traditional its first Yale Cup defeat of the season. Corey Herrine scored 19 points, and Greg French and Quentin Scissum notched 15 each for the Bulls. . . . Emerson survived a fierce fourth-quarter rally by Grover Cleveland to nip the Presidents, 68-67. The Eagles, who were led by Robert Reed's 25 points and 10 rebounds, were up 13 points with five minutes to play. James Williams chipped in 18 points for Emerson. Luis Santos scored 20 points for Grover and Dwayne Barbour added 17. . . . Kensington's Duwand Dowell scored 19 points, grabbed 10 boards and dished out six assists to lift the Knights past Bennett, 63-41. Johnny Helton contributed a triple-double (14 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds) and Doug Sims added 16 points and 16 rebounds for Kensington. Khmen Winguard led Bennett with 15 points. . . . McKinley's Hodari Mallory dropped 37 points on Burgard to give the Macks a 77-67 victory. Mallory also paced McKinley with 14 rebounds, seven steals and six assists. Desmond Lowe and Walter Ball scored 20 and 19 points, respectively, for the Bulldogs. . . . South Park expanded its two-point halftime lead with a 28-12 third-quarter advantage to drop Lafayette, 73-54. Jermaine Wilson scored 22 points, Calvin Mays 20 and Robert Sharpe 17 for the Sparks. Don Foreman led Lafayette with 13. . . . Jerry Bailey Jr. was the only player in double-figures for Hutch-Tech (25 points) but that was enough to down Buffalo Arts, 56-45. Demario Badger netted 12 for the Cavaliers.
ECIC Interdivision: Jeremy (15) and Justin Konst combined for 29 points and 10 assists as Williamsville East defeated Amherst, 66-52. Matt Guarglia guided the Tigers with 15 points.
CCIAC I: Southwestern continued its winning ways and beat Allegany-Limestone, 75-48, to improve to 6-0 in the division. The Trojans' Nick Sirianni scored 17 of his 21 in the first half.
Cattaraugus III: Aaron Stahley netted 24 points and Don Beecroft added 13 as West Valley defeated North Collins, 58-52. Mike Weakland scored 18 points and Brent Walentynowicz 13 for the Eagles.