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Randall paces West Seneca West

Tournament MVP Des Randall led West Seneca West to a 53-45 victory over host Bishop Timon-St. Jude in the championship game of the Timon Christmas Tournament Monday night.

Randall had 18 points for the Indians (3-4). Jim Kane led Timon (5-5) with 17 points.

Nichols took third place with a 99-48 rout of Thomas Jefferson of Rochester. Ian Walton led the Vikings with 30 points. Tom Ruffino had 22 points and Javon Slaughter 16 points to go along with six steals.

Nichols played aggressively on defense and built a 38-point halftime lead.

"We just came right out at the start of the game and outscored them in the first quarter, 36-11. We just shut them right down from the get-go," said Nichols coach Sil Dan.

Cedrick Martinez led Jefferson with 24 points.

Elsewhere, defending champion St. Joe's again reached the championship game of the Bishop Ludden Tournament in Syracuse. The Marauders got 17 points from John Greer and a strong defensive game from Mike Wopperer, in defeating West Genesee, 54-48, in the first round.

St. Joe's will face Ludden for the title tonight at 7:30.

St. Joe's and West Genesee were tied at halftime, but Wopperer led a third quarter rally that pushed the Marauders to a 43-31 lead. The 6-foot-6 Wopperer had four points and eight of his game-high 12 rebounds in that period. Wopperer also had two blocked shots and made four of his five field goal attempts.

"Wopperer had a tremendous defensive game," said St. Joe's coach Mark Simon.

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