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WILLIAMSVILLE NORTH WINS IN OT; CANISIUS PREVAILS

Senior Sean Murphy hit two clutch three-pointers in overtime to lead Williamsville North past Bennett, 76-74, Wednesday in the first round of the Clarence Boosters Tournament. The Spartans, who trailed by 16 at the half, rallied with a fast-breaking attack that was helped by 30 Bennett turnovers. Fred Blue had 19 points for North, while Carmen Venard led the Tigers with 25.

Tom Swart scored 19 points and Paul Zoratti 17 as Clarence beat Depew, 58-52. Emil Devincentis has 22 for the Wildcats.

Nichols Tournament: Canisius made 12 of 13 free throws in the fourth quarter, including 8 of 8 by Joe Zera, to hold off host Nichols in the championship game, 69-60.

Tournament MVP Zera, a 6-foot-2 junior, had 20 points for the Crusaders. Canisius led by 14 at the half but saw the lead narrowed to three in the final quarter.

Bill Bevilacqua had 14 points and freshman Mike Fitzgerald came off the bench to score 11 for Canisius. Ben Clark led Nichols with 16 points.

Justin Morrison scored 24 points, had 13 boards, 4 blocks and 7 assists in McKinley's 66-54 triumph over Buffalo Arts in the third-place game. Jason Lee led Arts with 28 points.

Amherst Tournament: Ryan Feeley and Jamie Ward had 14 points each as Newfane advanced with a 59-54 victory over winless Amherst. Kevin McMullen and James Metzler scored 10 apiece for Amherst.

Williamsville East made 31 of 48 free throws in its 73-55 victory over Grand Island. Kevin Roche made all 14 of his free throws, a school record, as he led East with 24 points. Jeremy Konst had 20 points and eight assists for the Flames.

Cassadaga Valley Tournament: Once-beaten Gowanda got balanced scoring from Levi Twoguns (14 points), Mike Lay and Adan Hernandez (13 each) in a 63-56 triumph over Cassadaga Valley. Greg Hopkins scored 19 and Steve Warner 18 for the winners.

Mike Burnett had 23 points and 16 points for Westfield in a 60-53 win over Maple Grove. Randall Secky (20) led the Red Dragons.

Holland Tournament: Cheektowaga took its only lead of the game in the fourth quarter but unbeaten East Aurora bounced back for a 66-60 opening-round victory behind the 20-point scoring of David Mallon. Justin Myers added 15, Chris Roughton had 11 and Ray Lotz 10 for the Blue Devils. Anthony Burch had 14 for Cheektowaga. Holland advanced with a 30-28 victory over West Valley.

Holley Tournament: Unbeaten Albion advanced to tonight's championship game against Kendall with a 66-63 victory over Holley. James Ryan led the way with 22 points and 15 rebounds, his fourth double-double in a row.

Ken.-Ton/Can-Am: Jim Corigliano led the way with 18 points as Kenmore East edged rival Kenmore West, 41-40, in the third-place game. Sean Reisch had 15 for the Blue Devils.

Maryvale Tournament: Mike Downey had 15 points and Brian Koscielniak added 10 as defending champion Maryvale beat O'Hara, 67-44. Rob Hartzell finished with 14 first-half points for the Flyers before injuring his ankle. Maryvale point guard Chris Kensy had seven steals and four assists.

Jesse Swanson had 23 points and 10 rebounds as JFK improved to 7-1 with a 74-50 first-round victory over St. Mary's of Lancaster. Rayshawn Bolden added 12 for the Bears. Brian Jasinski led the Lancers with 12.

McDowell (Pa.) Tournament: Tyron Bell had 13 points as Niagara Falls dropped a 78-51 decision to undefeated McDowell, last year's Pennsylvania state finalists in their class. "They picked us apart, it was a real clinic," Falls coach Dan Bazzani said.

Silver Creek Kiwanis: Ron Duliba had 36 points for Forestville in a 78-35 win over Brocton. Mike Muller (11) and Ryan Evans (10) led Brocton.

Silver Creek's Chris Mays (25) and Bill Bender (21) were too much for North Collins in the Black Knights' 73-34 victory.

Spencerport Tournament: Bryan Boswell had 19 points and Reggie Burgin added 14 points and 12 rebounds as Sweet Home advanced with a 62-39 decision over Spencerport. Adam Grieco added 12 for the Panthers, which jumped out to a 40-17 lead at the half.

T.J. Davis erupted for 31 points and nine rebounds for Lockport in a 75-53 loss to Fairport. The Red Raiders outscored the Lions, 25-9, to break the game open.

West Seneca Tournament: Aaron Turner of St. Francis (10 points, 11 rebounds, eight blocks) earned MVP honors as the Red Raiders routed West Seneca East, 84-48, for the title. Brian Ferris had 16 points and Scott Greene 12 for St. Francis (9-1).

Lake Shore's Jeff Russell scored 31 points and the Eagles pulled away in the last three minutes for a 67-59 decision over West Seneca West in the third-place game. Justin Hadd added 18 points for the winners. Mike Anderson led WSW with 16.

Non-league: Julius Page had a season-high 32 points and Ka'Ron Barnes tied his season high with 32 points as Turner/Carroll, the state's No. 1 ranked team in Class B, beat Kensington, 95-75. Wayne Vance led the Knights with 22 points.

Girls

CID Tournament: Clare Crowley, (20 points) earned MVP honors in leading Mt. Mercy to the title over East Aurora, 64-54. Christine Roth had 18 points for the Mount. The Blue Devils were led by Katie Paradise with 38 points. Junior Jill Abram had a school-record 11 steals as Pioneer beat Springville, 67-38, in the consolation. Lindsey Ferington led the Panthers with 18 points.

Hamburg Sun Tournament: Ashley Sullivan hit a 15-foot jumper from the wing with 11 seconds left in overtime as Lake Shore beat defending tournament champion Hamburg, 44-40.

Melissa Cook's 10 points led a balanced Frontier attack in a 40-37 victory over Immaculata. Amy Bushen of the losing Bears took game scoring honors with 13.

Depew Tournament: Jen Feher had 21 points and Kristin Brunetto had seven steals as Depew beat rival Lancaster for the fourth consecutive year, 51-26. Cheryl Hoch grabbed seven rebounds for the Wildcats (7-1), which lead the 22-year series, 19-14.

Villa Maria opened with a full court press, built a 12-4 first-quarter lead and went on to a 46-29 rout of Cleveland Hill in a first-round game.

Nichols Tournament: Jen Mangus had three three-pointers and Ericka Miner grabbed 10 rebounds as Hutch-Tech won its first game of the season, beating Buffalo Arts, 35-21, in the consolation.

Roy-Hart Tournament: Grace Swick had 11 points and Holly Homesberger added 10 as Roy-Hart beat winless Eden, 50-31.

Starpoint Tournament: Maryvale outscored North Tonawanda, 24-12, in the fourth quarter for a 68-60 victory as Monica Stockmeyer led the way with 18 points and 14 boards. Erin Strassburg had 20 for the Lady Jacks.

Jackie D'Orazio (13) and Ashley Williams (12) led the scoring in Nardin's 48-27 rout of host Starpoint. Chris Ricketts had 12 for the Spartans.

Sweet Home Tournament: Robin Makula scored five points during Sweet Home's 10-2 second-quarter run as the host Lady Panthers rolled to a 21-9 halftime lead on the way to a 48-34 triumph over LaSalle. Sally Shuster had 12 points and six assists as Sacred Heart advanced with a 55-22 win over Tonawanda.

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