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LASALLE'S MONTI CAPTURES WIN NO. 400

LaSalle boys basketball coach Pat Monti coasted to the 400th victory of his career Wednesday as the Explorers buried visiting Grand Island, 99-49, in the Niagara Frontier League.

"This was a tribute to all the kids who have gone through my 24 years as a varsity coach," Monti said. "I'm very proud to be at LaSalle, proud and privileged."

He said, "At first I thought it was a great accomplishment, then I said '400 wins, I must be getting old.' "

Monti, 52, started at LaSalle in 1975. His career record now stands at 400-109 (.786) including a 276-71 (.795) mark in the NFL.

LaSalle (8-1, 7-0) is ranked No. 2 in The News large-school poll.

"It was exciting," Monti said. "My kids are playing really well right now. I think they're feeding off the excitement of this milestone. . . . They're on a roll now and playing excellent ball."

Monti said he had "mixed feelings" about the one-sided win, which came against a Vikings team coached by Chris Simpson, a former LaSalle student and assistant coach.

LaSalle's Carsmon Binger, who sank five three-pointers, led all scorers with 21. LaSalle drilled a school-record 11 treys.

All 12 LaSalle players scored in the first half as the Explorers took a 42-16 lead into intermission. Dewitt Doss and Nate Merchant finished with 14 points each. Cornelius Hawthorne contributed 12. Jerome Viola led Grand Island with 10.

Elsewhere in the NFL, Sean Reisch (19 points) and Brennen Przybysz (16), led Kenmore West to a 70-49 triumph over Nichols. The Vikings' John Kloepfer led all scorers with 20.

Msgr. Martin: Leonard Stokes racked up 28 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds and seven steals to lead Turner/Carroll to a 90-65 romp over St. Joe's. Ka'Ron Barnes added 16 points and 10 assists for Turner/Carroll.

The winners led by one point at halftime before outscoring the Marauders, 50-26, in the second half and 21-5 in the last four minutes. It was the Chargers' first win over St. Joe's in four years.

ECIC IV: Bob Skoczylas hit 9 of 13 from the field on his way to a 26-point night as Alden (13-0, 6-0) remained undefeated with a 63-44 win over Lackawanna. Drew Glauser added 16 for the Bulldogs. Bob Sireika (12) and Terry Anderson (10) topped the Steelers.

Yale Cup: Traditional's Greg French exploded for 25 points, seven assists and five steals in a 102-69 win over Traditional. Corey Herring (17 points), Kelly Funderburk (14), Quentin Scissum (12) and Daryl Jacobs (11), also hit in double figures for the Bulls. DeMario Badger led the Cavaliers with 24.

Non-league: Timon/St. Jude's Charlie Comerford scored 23 points and pulled down 14 rebounds in a 63-61 victory over Lockport. Fred Williams added 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Tigers. Four Lockport players were in double figures: Casey Mullet (13), T.J. Davis (12), Ryan Cagles (12) and Shaun Maxwell (12).

Dischawn Gandy tallied 25 points and Derrick Ware added 14 in Springville's 59-53 overtime victory over Lafayette. Marty Sykes led the Violets with 21.

Jeremy Konst scored eight of his 20 points late in the game to help Williamsville East beat North Tonawanda, 59-51.

Girls

ECIC II: Lake Shore held on to beat Williamsville South, 47-44. Lake Shore threw the ball away on an inbounds pass with 10 seconds to go but an attempted three-point shot by South's Julie Gentner hit off the rim. Gentner and Lake Shore's Andrea Mungovan each scored 18 points.

Msgr. Martin: Christine Roth had all her 14 points in the first half of Mount Mercy's 65-33 victory over Villa Maria. Villa's Amanda Smolarek took game honors with 21 points.

Non-league: Diane Moore (14 points), Amy Jo Burroughs (11), Wendy Wright (11) and Mandy Agnew (10) shared the wealth in Cattaraugus' 58-47 win over Walsh. The losers were led by Sarah Anderson (20 points, seven rebounds) and Sharon Vanderhorst (18 points, 11 boards).

Canisius Cup: Dionne Turnage's 16 points led Traditional to a 44-27 romp over Buffalo Arts. Alohndra Brown had 16 points and 10 assists and Amanda Artis contributed 12 points and 10 assists for the winners. Melanie Pohanscek led Arts with 14.

NFL: Kara Cross nailed 21 points and pulled down 11 rebounds as Nichols beat Kenmore West, 55-39. Rachel Martin had 19 for Ken-West.

PAT MONTI'S COACHING CAREER
YearLeagueOverall
1998-99 7- 0 8- 1
1997-9812- 218- 5
1996-9711- 318- 6
1995-9614- 025- 3
1994-9516- 026- 1
1993-9415- 122- 4
1992-9315- 123- 2
1991-9215- 023- 1
1990-9110- 018- 5
1989-90 9- 122- 2
1988-8910- 023- 4
1987-8814- 027- 0
1986-8714- 415- 5
YearLeagueOverall
1985-8612- 414- 6
1984-85 7- 9 8-10
1983-8416- 019- 2
1982-8315- 116- 3
1981-8212- 412- 4
1980-8115- 116- 3
1979-8014- 214- 3
1978-79 8- 8 9- 9
1977-78 1-13 2-14
1976-77 8- 7 9- 8
1975-76 8-10 8-10
Total: 400-109

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