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Six boys teams win or share championships

It was time to clean up some unfinished business in regular season high school boys league basketball play, with six teams nailing down outright or possible shared championships.

Williamsville East, Maryvale and Lackawanna all clinched championships with victories in the ECIC as did Cassadaga Valley in CCIAC II. Jamestown in ECIC I and Lockport in the Niagara Frontier League snared at least a tie for the title in their leagues.

Williamsville East assumed the ECIC II crown by turning back Pioneer, the Flames' closest pursuer, 73-56.

"Our big guys really took over," said East coach Dennis Belote, referring to Brian Wallden, Andy Heim and Patrick Hines. Hines and Wallden combined to block 11 shots, while Heim was credited with 16 rebounds.

ECIC I: Jamestown blew the game open in the third quarter and clinched a tie for the title with a 73-50 triumph over visiting Orchard Park. On Senior Night, seniors Nat Barone (19 points), Mike Maisto (17) and Francisco Lantigua (17) combined to make 22 of 35 field goal attempts.

Williamsville North celebrated Senior Night with a 70-39 rout of Clarence, avenging an 82-65 loss to the Red Devils last month. The Spartans could share the league title with a win at Orchard Park on Friday if Jamestown should lose at Clarence. Senior Zeeshan Hussain had a career-high 25 points to go with 12 rebounds and three blocks for the Spartans. John Heberling had a career-best 11 points while Max Lipsitz recorded 11 blocks.

ECIC II: Williamsville East (10-1) wrapped up the division with one game still left on the league schedule. Heim (19 points), Wallden (16) and Hines (14 points) and Steve Kaiser (12) led the scoring for the Flames against Pioneer. Ron Malicki and Matt Schwab each scored 14 for the Panthers.

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ECIC III: Santo Lamar had 28 points with five steals and Garrett Kensy scored 20 with seven assists as they led Maryvale to its second straight division title, wrapping it up with an 84-39 triumph over last-place Tonawanda. Lamar and Kensy combined to make 18 of 23 shots as they played about the half the game each for the Flyers.

ECIC IV: Lackawanna took its fifth straight division title. The Steelers clinched with a surprisingly easy 64-41 triumph over second-place East Aurora. Lackawanna won by eight the first time the two met.

Lesean Braxton had 16 points, Marcus Rivers had 14 with 10 rebounds, and Leshawn Blackburn added 12 points for the Steelers. Ryan Higgins had 14 for the losing Blue Devils.

Niagara Frontier: Lockport (10-1) clinched a tie for the league title with a 58-53 victory at Kenmore East. Joe Wagner had 18 points and Jon Maroney 13 for the Lions. Eric Buggs led East with 20 points. Niagara-Wheatfield (9-2) stayed in the hunt with a 56-43 win at Grand Island. Byron Mulkey scored 29 points while making four steals and passing off for five assists for the Falcons. Lockport plays at Grand Island on Thursday in its final league game.

CCIAC I: Olean completed a perfect (12-0) league season with a 69-34 win over Dunkirk. Zach Moore had 14 points while Brian Shoup had 12 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots for the Huskies. Olean dressed 13 players and 11 scored.

CCIAC II: Cassadaga Valley wrapped up the division with a 71-45 romp over Cattaraugus/Little Valley. Jon Martin (15), Brett Kinney (14), Kevin Watson (11) and Jake Lincoln (10) all scored in double figures for the Cougars, who lost only once in league play.

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Girls basketball

Niagara Frontier: Lockport prevented Kenmore East from wrapping up sole possession of the league championship with a 34-32 victory over the Bulldogs. Bridgette Burke led the Lions with 11 points. Shannon Nolan has 14 for East, which already had clinched at least a tie for the championship and owns a lead of one game in the loss column over Grand Island. Grand Island stayed alive with a 52-34 rout of Niagara-Wheatfield as Ashleigh Frieday led the way with 22 points and Courtney Donovan had 14.

Kenmore West ended any Niagara Falls hopes of tying for the regular season title, sending the Wolverines to their fifth league defeat, 48-42. Jenna Rickan led the Blue Devils with 17 points and five steals. Holly Przybysz had 10 points. Emily Thompson paced the Falls with 16 points.

ECIC III: Springville (10-2) clinched a tie for the league title by pulling out a 56-51 victory over visiting Maryvale. Jessica Domes had 20 points and seven steals for the Griffins who did not go in front for good until there was 1:13 left. Depew (9-2) can tie Springville with a win over Cheektowaga on Thursday.

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Hockey

Sweet Home advanced to a Friday date with Lancaster in the Western New York Federation playoffs with a 6-1 victory over Amherst. Ryan Marko had two goals and three assists for the Panthers while Derek Mohney made 23 saves. . . . Matt McDonald, Dan Krug and Vinny Judge took care of the scoring for Bishop Timon-St. Jude in a 3-1 win over St. Francis. The Tigers will face No. 3 seed Kenmore West at 7 p.m. on Friday.

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