>Lafayette gets a game from Franklinville
Lafayette, looking for some competition from a team in Cattaraugus County, got all it could handle from Franklinville, as the Violets held on for a 76-73 nonleague boys basketball win Tuesday at Grover Cleveland.
"We never played somebody from the Southern Tier, and they wanted to play someone from the City," said Lafayette coach Karl Maggiore. "They were 6-1, it was a big win for us."
Maggiore was impressed, yet not surprised, by the play of Franklinville's Ben Kopp, who netted 40 points. "We played Ben in a summer league. He's a tremendous shooter. He probably missed two shots out of 40."
Lafayette led by six points with 30 seconds left when Kopp hit a three-pointer. Lafayette had its inbounds pass stolen, giving the Panthers a chance to tie the game with a three, but a shot with about eight seconds left rimmed out.
Franklinville jumped to a 42-34 lead at the half but saw the lead cut to 61-58 after three. Leading the comeback was John Whitlock with 23 points and Victor Arroyo with 15 points, 10 steals and 12 assists. Eric McMillian grabbed 12 rebounds while Jamal Garner had 10.
"It could have been anybody's game," Maggiore said. "They are going to be a very successful team."
>31-point quarter lifts McKinley
McKinley blew open a close game with a big second quarter to beat Holy Cross (Ont.), 75-57, in the first round of the Cole's Classic at McKinley. The game was tied, 19-19, after the first quarter, but the second quarter was all Macks as they outscored the visitors, 31-7, hitting five three-pointers along the way. Mark Overall scored all eight of his points in the second. Otis Barker led McKinley (2-0) with 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Rob Hicks added 14 points, seven steals and five assists.
Joe Coppola's 25 points and 11 rebounds helped Canisius to a 97-56 win over Bennett in the first round of the McKinley Tournament. Patrick Brady had seven assists for the Crusaders (4-3). McKinley plays Canisius for the title today at 5:45 p.m.
* Anthony Thomas had 18 points but none were more important than the four free throws he had late in Riverside's 70-66 win over St. Francis. The Red Raiders cut the lead to three, but it was as close as they'd get. Mike Williams led the Frontiers (3-0) with 28 points. Kevin Roth netted 18 for the Red Raiders. . . . Lockport was able to overcome seven three-pointers from Lew-Port's Dave LaChance in a 61-57 win over the Lancers. LaChance finished with 26 points. Jon Maroney led the Lions with 21. . . . Dan Mikac had 12 rebounds to go with his 12 points as Frontier beat St. Mary's of Lancaster, 58-32. . . . Jeff Howard scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half as West Seneca East rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit and beat Cleveland Hill, 52-36, in an ECIC Interdivision game. . . . Clinging to a three-point lead with two minutes left, Kenmore East survived North Tonawanda, 62-57, in the Niagara Frontier League. NT was forced to put East at the line, where it made seven of 10 in the fourth quarter. Darryl King had 12 points for the Bulldogs. . . . Kevin Dukes scored all 15 points in the third quarter as Medina won its Niagara-Orleans league opener, 70-52, over Wilson.
>Eimers scores 33 against Pine Valley
Brianne Colburn had 22 points and Jessica Farley added 17 with eight steals as the Pine Valley girls basketball team moved to 6-0 with an 82-49 win over Ripley in CCIAC III. But the big story was Ripley sophomore Sam Eimers, who piled up 33 points against the defending state champs. "She played all over the place, inside, outside, drive to the basket, shoot the three -- pretty complete player," Lady Panthers coach Tim Nobles said. "She got her points really silently. You would have thought she had 22 or 24, but she was 9 of 9 from the line."
Hamburg hadn't played since Dec. 9, but the layoff didn't matter as it held Iroquois to six points in the first half in a 42-34 win in ECIC II. Hamburg improved to 4-2, 3-1 while the loss was the first for the Chiefs (6-1, 4-1). "We came out and we really competed," Bulldogs coach Scott DeJohn said. "We applied pressure, we were rebounding, getting loose balls. We had a good week of practice."
* Alexis Gray poured in 38 points for West Seneca East in a 57-49 win over Lake Shore in ECIC II. . . . Senior forward Amanda Broadnicki had the first double-double in her career with 12 points and 11 rebounds as Holy Angels beat Cardinal O'Hara, 52-33. . . . Sarah Soroka had a season-high 22 points and 12 rebounds as East Aurora had nine players score in a 67-30 win over Eden in ECIC IV. Alicia Sweet had eight rebounds and Jesse Tarantino six assists for the Blue Devils (4-0). . . . Freshman Brittanie Cooper had 10 assists to go with her 15 points as Buffalo Arts beat Grover Cleveland, 52-32, in the consolation of the Buffalo Arts Holiday Tournament. . . . Colleen Quinn had a triple-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists as Immaculata moved to 7-0 with a 62-31 nonleague win over East. . . . Jessica Smith brought down 18 rebounds and had 26 points as Roy-Hart evened its record at 3-3 with a 47-37 win over Barker in the Niagara-Orleans League.
>Reed keeps hockey teammates in check
Trailing, 1-0 and 2-1, Williamsville South rallied to beat St. Francis, 4-2, in a Section VI Federation hockey game in the Amherst Pepsi Center. Coach Sean Green said the persistent forechecking of Greg Reed turned the game around. "He gets us going. When he's out there skating hard and forechecking, everyone follows," Green said.
Kyle Moyer had two goals while Phil Abels and Vincent Caputi had one goal and one assist each. Mike Bloom had two assists and goaltender Thomas Tysowski turned back 16 shots.
* Matt Bly had a hat trick as Kenmore East beat Amherst, 6-2, in the Sweet Home Tournament.