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Late burst saves Canisius

Canisius scored four points in the final minute -- on a coast-to-coast layup by Pat Brady and two free throws by Joe Coppola -- to edge Orchard Park, 53-49, in the Ad Pro Sports Monsignor Martin-ECIC Challenge at St. Mary's of Lancaster Monday night.

Canisius led, 29-23, at the half, but the Quakers (2-1) tied it at 49 with less than a minute to play on a jump shot by Jordan Blair, his 16th point of the night.

Brady scored after taking the ensuing inbounds pass and Orchard Park missed two shots before fouling Coppola, who led the Crusaders (3-2) with 11 points. OP's Craig Schulz scored a game-high 17.

In the Challenge's second game, Tom Cybulski scored 15 points and his Lancaster teammate Scott Pawlowski added 13 as the Redskins topped St. Mary's, 50-38. Lancaster controlled throughout after opening a 16-2 lead in the first quarter.

Nonleague: Free throws made a big difference as Niagara-Wheatfield (18 for 21 from the line) rallied in the second half to score a 59-50 victory over Niagara Catholic (7 for 22). Dyrell Dolson's 24 points led Niagara Catholic, which succumbed to a 17-9 run by the Falcons in the fourth quarter. Niagara-Wheatfield's Byron Mulkey (36 points, nine rebounds) led all scorers. Niagara Wheatfield coach Joseph Casale credited Joe Kephart (six points) with "a real nice defensive job" in holding Dolson to just three points in the fourth quarter.

Jim Kane scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Bishop Timon-St. Jude to a come-from-behind 50-47 victory over Hutch-Tech.

Timon (3-3) trailed, 24-10, at halftime before going on a 20-8 run -- sparked by Kane's eight points and seven by Rob Hess -- in the third quarter. Kane sealed the victory by making five of six free throws in the game's final two minutes. Chazman Hooker had 16 points for Hutch-Tech.

Dominic Perdue forced overtime with a game-tying length-of-the-floor layup and then made a key steal and an assist in OT to lead Burgard to a 75-73 victory over host Franklinville (3-1). Charles Brown led Burgard (2-1) with 21 points, including a key three-pointer in OT.

Unbeaten West Valley won its sixth game by rallying to beat winless Cattaraugus/Little Valley, 50-42. With the scored tied at 34 after three periods, the Wildcats (6-0) outscored the Timberwolves (0-4), 16-8, in the final stanza. West Valley's Sean Gentner had all four of his three-pointers in the second half en route to 17 points. Matt Crandall led C/LV with 15 points.

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Girls

In Monsignor Martin Association play, Laura Mullane scored eight of her 17 points in the fourth quarter to spark a 14-8 rally that led Mount St. Mary to a 42-36 victory over Nichols. It was the first loss for Nichols (3-1, 2-1) in its MMA debut season.

Mount St. Mary coach Mark Mays attributed the zone defenses.

"We played a 3-2 zone and really packed it in," said Mays. "We started out in a 1-2-2 and switched because they were hurting us from the outside. We really controlled the rebounding in the fourth quarter."

Mount St. Mary (4-1, 2-0) opened a 14-3 lead in the first quarter and was up 10 (22-12) at intermission before Nichols tied the game at 28 in the third quarter. Allison Fretthold (six points) had a game-high 12 rebounds while Mullane grabbed 10 boards and made 11 of 13 free throws.

Elyse Monte scored 25 points for Sacred Heart in a 70-43 victory over Cardinal O'Hara, which got a game-high 29 points, including five three-pointers, from senior point guard Melissa Kanalley. She reached 1,017 career points.

Kanalley "is pretty much everything you could ask for in a high school student-athlete. . . . She's a very dedicated and very positive basketball player," said O'Hara coach Dan McDermott. The 5-foot-6 Kanalley has scored 12 three-pointers in the last two games and 126 in her career.

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