With a split in the season series among its goals Monday night, Canisius beat rival St. Joe's, 72-53, in a Msgr. Martin Association game before a capacity crowd of 900 at Canisius. In their first meeting Jan. 5, St. Joe's was the winner, 80-68.
Canisius led the entire game as Jim Rahill connected for nine of his 15 points in the first quarter. The margin was 34-19 by halftime. Canisius led by as many as 28 in the fourth quarter before emptying its bench.
Joe Zera led Canisius with 24 points followed by Rahill with 15. Rahill played with a hip pointer. Sophomore Ed Kellerman finished with 14.
"I actually think we're getting a little better. Our younger players are coming of age," said Canisius coach Tom Keenan. "We had a pretty good game plan in place. We played a little zone and they struggled shooting the ball. We put them on the line 35 times in the first game and that led to our demise."
The only scorer in double figures for St. Joe's, ranked No. 6 among WNY large schools, was Chris Heller with 11.
Yale Cup: Ignited by three breakaway dunks by Terry George in the fourth quarter, Traditional shook off McKinley, 80-63. The Bulls, ranked No. 1 in the state in Class C, trailed by 37-34, at halftime and was locked in a 56-56 game after three. "We needed something like that," said Traditional coach Starling Bryant. George (19 points), Don Juan Tyson (19), Greg French (16) and Daryl Jacobs (13) were in double figures for Traditional. McKinley connected for a school record 15 three-pointers led by Therreon Blackwell and Purnell Lindsey with five each.
Ernest Brown had a three-pointer with 2:15 left which put Grover Cleveland ahead for good in an 80-78 victory over Burgard. Mario Velez added 17 for the Presidents. Ernest Sanders had 34 for Burgard. . . . Ameer Drake 26 and 13 rebounds and Darmel Whitfield added 22 points and 10 assists and six steals as Seneca beat Lafayette, 92-63. . . . Edmund Rainey had 25 points while Joe Maxwell and Duane Williams added 17 as Riverside beat South Park. Demitrius Washington led the Sparks with 35 points. . . . Duriel Price scored 27 points to surpass 1,000 as Hutch-Tech beat Kensington, 70-49. Ethan Grant added 16 points, 11 blocks and seven rebounds for the Engineers. Rashad Bradford had 15 for the Knights. . . . Robert Redd had 30 points and James Williams added 11 points with nine rebounds as Emerson downed Buffalo Arts, 77-65. David Pellnat had 22 and Anthony Mariani 13 for Arts. . . . Micole Parker and Erik Roberson netted 24 points each as City Honors topped Bennett, 74-64. T.J. Adams paced the Tigers with 23 points each.
CCIAC I: Jim Ulasewicz had 23 points and Chris Donahue added 19 for Olean in a 79-48 win over Dunkirk. Chris McQuiggan led the Marauders with 15. . . . Nick Aiello made four free throws in the game's final two minutes and Jay Mortimer finished with 19 points as Allegany-Limestone turned back No. 7 small school Southwestern, 57-54. . . . Sophomore Mike Zmuda had 13 points, 15 rebounds and 11 blocked shots as Gowanda downed Falconer, 54-50.
CCIAC II: Dustin Ross had 26 points and Jay Weishan and Cameron Haines had eight rebounds each as Salamanca claimed the division title with a 57-37 win over Cattaraugus/Little Valley. . . . David Bocciolatt had 18 points for Randolph in a 52-34 win over Cassadaga Valley. . . . Jake Johnson had 22 points and Matt Aman 18 for Frewsburg in a 63-54 win over Silver Creek. Ryan Mangano had 20 for the Black Knights.
CCIAC III: Jordan Bennink had 13 points and A.J. Malecki had 12 as Clymer beat Forestville, 46-26. . . . Gary Reynolds scored 12 of his 20 points in the third quarter as Pine Valley beat Panama, 60-48. Drew Anderson also had 20 for the Panthers.
Non-league: Jimmy Dominkewicz had 34 points for Orchard Park in a 69-56 win over Fredonia.