After losing to Turner/Carroll three times last year, Timon/St. Jude proved Friday night that the 1999-2000 season was going to be different.
Charlie Comerford (30 points) hit turn around basket to snap a 70-70 tie, giving the Tigers the lead for good in a 78-70 victory over Turner/Carroll, the No. 1-ranked Class B team in the state. The Msgr. Martin Association contest was played before a standing-room only crowd at Timon's Mel Palano Gymnasium.
The game also paired Western New York's No. 1-ranked large (Timon) and small schools (Turner). Timon's Corey Herring and Joe Mihalics combined to make four free throws in the final minute.
"We knew going in it was going to be a great game," said Timon coach Jim Palano. "We thought we could go inside on them with our big guys. That was our game plan. And we made our free throws when we had to."
The game was a rematch of last year's Manhattan Cup final, won by Turner, 83-52. Turner also beat Timon in last year's regu lar season meetings, 91-69, and 90-88.
Elsewhere in the MMA, Joe Zera had 15 points for Canisius in a 64-34 victory over Cardinal O'Hara. The Crusaders jumped out to a 45-9 lead at the half.
Yale Cup: Quentin Bryant had two layups and a free throw in the final minute of overtime as Seneca remained undefeated in the Yale Cup with a 71-65 win over Bennett. Darmel Whitfield led the Indians with 22 points, 12 assists and six steals. Kharmen Wingard led the Tigers with 23 points.
Kareen Thompson of Bennett hit a three-pointer with 15 seconds left in regulation to force OT.
Daryl Jacobs had 17 points, 17 rebounds and blocks and Gregory French added 25 points and 13 assists as No. 2 small school Traditional beat Buffalo Arts, 81-42. Jason Lee led the Cavaliers with 15 points. Traditional (6-0) joins Seneca (6-0) as the league's only unbeatens.
Rashad Bradford had 24 points and Jay Tillman added 12 as Kensington beat South Park, 64-57. Calvin Mays led the Sparks with 28 points.
Tree Grant and Duriel Price had 15 points each and Andrew Bails added 12 as Hutch-Tech downed City Honors, 75-39. Eric Roberson led the Centaurs with 13 points.
Justin Morrison had 12 points, 12 rebounds and 15 assists for McKinley in a 56-50 win over Riverside. Terrance Allen led Macks with 21 points and Desmond Laws had 15 rebounds. Karl Rainey had 20 points for the Frontiers.
Freshman Anthony Mack made two free throws in the final seconds as Burgard edged Emerson, 63-62. Aaron Staples led the Bulldogs with 28 points and Demetrius Washington added 11. Emerson, still looking for its first league win, got 21 points from Robert Redd.
Non-league: After losing to St. Joe's by 40 points in December (98-58), Orchard Park needed double overtime to win the re match, 97-95. The Quakers' Jim Dominkewicz, who averages 25 points per game, net ted 42 points, including 28 in the first half. Sean O'Brien had 24 points and nine re bounds.
Andrew Spitler led the Marauders with 28 points. Jeff Milkowski had 26 points, in cluding the three-pointer which sent the game into the first overtime.
Niagara Frontier League: Ricky Polk had 15 points and Ryan Hogan added 14 as Lew-Port edged Niagara-Wheatfield, 51-48. Matt Fuerch and Dave Morrison had 12 each for the Falcons. Jim Corigliano had 21 points for Kenmore East in a 68-51 win over Lockport. Pat Rodgers led the Lions with 11 points. Gary Asbach had 16 points for Grand Island in a 60-55 win over Kenmore West.
ECIC I: Adam Zoeller had 20 points for Hamburg in a 62-44 victory over Frontier. The Falcons got 13 points from John Johnson. Jamestown jumped to 17-0 lead on its way to beating West Seneca West, 71-47. R.J. James and Justin Frederes led the Red Raiders with 19 points each and Craig Swanson added 12 points and 13 rebounds. West got 16 points from Mike Anderson.
ECIC II: Brian Boswell, scored all 23 of his points in the first three quarters as division-leader Sweet Home (7-0) topped Wil liamsville South, 67-46. Chris Kulinski had 25 points and Brian Ward added 14 points and six rebounds to lead West Seneca East over Williamsville East, 59-48. Kevin Roche led the Flames with 18 points. Jeffrey Russell had 22 points, including 10 of 14 from the line, as Lake Shore downed Pioneer, 67-54. Phillip Whelan added 13 for the Eagles. John Ruppert led the Panthers with 21 points.
ECIC III: Sean Kenney scored all 20 of his points in the first half as Tonawanda downed Cheektowaga, 68-56. Steve Masich added 11 points, nine rebounds and 10 steals. Cheektowaga's Jason Mroz netted 17. Larry Maroney had 18 points and 13 rebounds as No. 5 large school Iroquois turned back Depew, 70-47. Brad Ertl added 15 points and 10 assists. Nick Weatherbee scored 12 of his 14 points in the second quarter to help build a 40-27 margin at the half. The Wildcats were led by Emil DeVincentis with 17 points. Rob Hartzel had 18 points and Brian Koscielniak had 12 points to go with nine rebounds as Maryvale defeated Springville, 88-46. Sean O'Dell led the Griffins with 14 points.
ECIC IV: Derek Mapps had 17 points and Ed Kasperyzk added 15 as JFK downed Eden, 79-51. Nick Sam had 15 for the Raiders. Myron Lee had 19 points and eight rebounds to lead Cleveland Hill past Alden, 69-66. Antwon Burton added 15 for the Eagles and Nick Johnson had 13 points and eight rebounds. Troy Goergan had 26 for the Bulldogs. Justin Myers had 16 points for division- leader East Aurora in a 69-41 win over Holland. Ray Lotz added 12 for the Blue Devils. The Dutchmen got 15 points from Jeff Giles.
Niagara-Orleans: Brian Vogt (19) and Jason Kroening (18) led Starpoint to an 85-49 win over Wilson. Joel Feagin had 22 points for Wilson. ... Mike Dean had 14 points and five steals to lead Akron over Newfane, 46-43. Bob Eberhart led the Panthers with 12 points. ... James Ryan had 23 rebounds and 14 points for his ninth double-double of year as Albion beat Barker, 63-36. A 17-0 second quarter helped the Purple Eagles improve to 12-1, 7-1. ... Tom Hungerford had 25 points as Medina downed Roy-Hart, 67-57. Roy-Hart's Todd Prynn had 26.
CCIAC II: Randolph made 14 of 19 free throws, including 7 of 10 in overtime as the Cardinals beat Cassadaga Valley, 54-50. ... Mate Oltarczy had 33 points and eight rebounds to lift Silver Creek over Frewsburg, 75-64. Josh Glierski had 17 for the Bears. ... Jason Wass had 17 points and Jay Welshan added 12 points, all on three-pointers, as Salamanca defeated Panama, 58-54.
IAC: Guard Dominic Currie-Bishop had a career-high 29 points as No. 3 small school Park beat West Seneca Christian, 72-24. Jeremy Richardson had 16 points to go with 12 rebounds and five blocks.
NFCAA: Ron Thorington had 30 points as First Baptist moved to 4-0 in the league with a 95-83 win over Charles Finney. Tony Griceo had 35 points and 12 rebounds for First Baptist. ... Josh Davis had 17 points and Dan Tew 16 as Gowanda Christian went to 3-1 in league play with an 82-48 victory over visiting Victory Christian of Lockport. ... Ryan Smith (24), Eric Dier (19) and Ben Kinney (18) led Tonawanda Baptist over Amherst Christian, 72-56. Brandon Bradley netted 32 for Amherst. Tonawanda broke open a one-point game at the half with a 17-7 third-quarter advantage.