Niagara Catholic scored at the buzzer to force overtime, but it was all St. Francis in the extra session as the Red Raiders won, 74-70, in a Monsignor Martin Association boys basketball opener for both teams.
A.J. Roberts (17 points, 21 rebounds) of Niagara Catholic scored a layup at the buzzer to knot the score, 64-64, after regulation. But St. Francis never trailed in OT and helped itself by shooting 6 of 8 from the free throw line. Kevin Roth led St. Francis with 25 points and 17 rebounds.
Elsewhere, Emerson, a winner of just four games last year, won its third game in four starts, 49-36, at Springville. Junior Jalique Allen had 26 points and Justin Love had eight rebounds as the Eagles jumped out to a 12-4 lead after one quarter. . . . Riding the momentum of Jeremy Garvey's two-handed dunk, Gowanda downed Allegany-Limestone, 55-51, in CCIAC I.
Swimming & diving
Good news arrived in the mail on Monday and at the pool for Lancaster diver Nate Geary. After getting his acceptance letter in the mail from Notre Dame, Geary went to his swim meet and promptly broke the pool and school records.
Geary scored 339.26 to shatter his school record of 301.35 and his pool record of 300.65. Geary said he scored 7s and 8s across the board on all six dives.
"When I got home today I got my acceptance letter from Notre Dame, nothing was going to go wrong, and I went and did really well in the meet," said Geary, who was competing in his first meet of the year. "I was pumped. It was amazing to see that score. I had no idea it was going to be that high."
Not all of the news was good for the Redskins as Williamsville East won the ECIC meet, 98-86. Matt Geiger of the Flames won the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, and was on two winning relays.
Mount St. Mary got off to a fast start and no one was going to catch them, including McKinley. The Mount led McKinley, 18-6, after the first quarter, on its way to a 54-40 nonleague win. Katie Carroll netted six of her 12 points in the first quarter. Sheila Sullivan led the winners with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Nichols knew it had a young team, but that didn't stop it from winning its first five games. Then Nardin came to town. The visiting Gators handed Nichols its first loss, 62-35, in the Monsignor Martin Association. Kendra Brim led Nardin (5-2, 3-0) with 21 points and 16 rebounds. Carolina Hourihan handed out seven assists. Kaitlin Donahoe led Nichols (5-1, 3-1) with 13 points.
It took a strong game from its bench and a 14-0 run in the third quarter for East Aurora to knock off Iroquois, 52-37, in a nonleague game. Samantha Stanley scored all nine of her points off the bench in the first half. Iroquois climbed within 28-25 when EA went on its run.
"We called a timeout and I said, 'This is your game, go out and finish it,' " said coach Chris Koselny. Sarah Tarantino had 12 points and Jessie Tarantino had six steals.