Charlie Comerford's jumper with five seconds left allowed top-ranked large school Timon/St. Jude to hold off St. Joe's, 68-66, in Msgr. Martin Association boys basketball action Friday night.
St. Joe's, which had trailed by 25 points early in the second half, missed a desperation shot at the buzzer.
"It was a great game for the fans," said Timon/St. Jude coach Jim Palano, whose team never trailed. "We came out real strong, and then foul trouble hurt us and St. Joe's made a great comeback. We were fortunate to win because we had so many turnovers down the stretch."
Cory Herring led the Tigers (14-1, 5-1) with 24 points while Comerford had 22. Jeff Milkowski had a game-high 27 for St. Joe's (11-5, 2-3); Matt Heller added 12, including two free throws to tie the game at 66-66.
In other Msgr. Martin games, Ka'Ron Barnes scored 23 points, Julius Page added 16 and Loren Stokes had 14 as No. 1 small school Turner/Carroll routed St. Mary's of Lancaster, 94-50. Brian Jasinski led St. Mary's with 17 points.
Niagara Frontier: No. 2 large school Niagara Falls outscored Kenmore East, 18-4, in the third quarter on its way to a 66-41 victory and an 11-1 record. Jeff Street led the Power Cats with 19 points while Raeshon Moore contributed 17. . . . DeWitt Doss scored 31 points to lead No. 9 large school LaSalle to a 66-45 defeat of Kenmore West. Tony Moore added 14 for LaSalle. Sean Reisch (16 points) and Jeff Easton (14) led Kenmore West. . . . Junior Mike Miranto had 31 points and eight rebounds to power North Tonawanda over Lew-Port, 72-51. Vinnie Vescio scored 12 points for Lew-Port. . . . T.J. Davis (game-high 17 points) and Michael DiTullio combined to go 7 for 8 from the free-throw line in overtime as Lockport beat Grand Island, 57-50. Grand Island's Neil Clements (14 points) hit a three-pointer with 10 seconds left to send the game to overtime. . . . Josh Prezioso scored 20 points and Dave Morrison added 17 as Niagara-Wheatfield defeated Nichols, 78-59. Ed Turner was Nichols' high scorer with 22.
ECIC I: Lancaster went 6 for 6 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to overcome a 42-point night by junior Jim Dominkewicz and hold off Orchard Park, 67-66. The Quakers -- who got 42 points from Dominkewicz last Friday night vs. St. Joe's -- missed two opportunities to score in the final 10 seconds after two free throws by Luke Stotz (10 points) gave Lancaster the lead for good. Eric Fenar led the Redskins with 19 points while Joe Shields added 15 and Kevin Durkin helped out with 11. Dominkewicz now has 404 points in 15 games.
ECIC IV: Ray Lotz led the way with 20 points as No. 5 small school East Aurora (11-1) improved to 8-0 in league play with a 73-50 rout at Eden. Justin Myers (11 points) also was among 11 scorers for the Blue Devils, who will try to avenge their only loss of the season in a rematch with Riverside today. . . . Ed Kasprzyk (13 rebounds) had seven of his 24 points in the second quarter when No. 9 small school JFK outscored Holland, 22-10, in building an 18-point halftime lead and defeating the Dutchmen, 75-63. Jeff Giles scored 15 for Holland.
Niagara-Orleans: Mike Dean's 10 points were tops for No. 10 small school Akron, which held off Wilson, 40-30. Joel Feagin led Wilson with 12 points. . . . Starpoint got 16 points and 11 rebounds from Jason Kroening in a 48-23 defeat of Albion. . . . Jamie Ward had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Aaron Otto had 11 points and 10 rebounds as Newfane defeated Roy-Hart, 64-34. . . . Tom Hungerford (nine assists) and James Kingsley (12 rebounds) each scored 16 points as Medina blew by Barker in the second half for a 66-44 victory. Mike Macevoy had 16 points for Barker, which trailed, 36-30, at halftime.
Cattaraugus III: Steve Johnson and Brett Walentynowicz each scored 15 points in North Collins' 60-46 victory over Cattaraugus. . . . West Valley got 16 points from Jon Czapla and 12 from Don Beecroft (nine rebounds) to defeat Little Valley, 51-29. Rick Rublee led Little Valley with 12 points.
NFCAA: Brandon Bradley's 22 points led Amherst Christian over Gowanda Christian, 53-47. Josh Davis led Gowanda with a game-high 28 points.
Non-league: No. 8 small school Portville improved to 15-1 with a 76-63 defeat of Franklinville. Brian Blask led the Panthers with 19 points. . . . Mark Ward scored a career-high 29 points and added 13 rebounds in Williamsville South's 90-57 defeat of Grover Cleveland. . . . Shawn Barron scored 18 points and added 11 assists as O'Hara beat Walsh, 69-54.