Key substitutions, defensive pressure and timely three-point shooting helped Alden rally in the final minutes and beat Akron, 64-58, in the championship game of the Alden Tournament.
"We trailed, 51-46, going into the fourth quarter," said Alden coach Bill Neidel.
"With about five minutes to go, we made some substitutions and put some pressure on them. . . . We converted some steals to buckets and got a couple of three-pointers from [shooting guard] Bo Aquila near the end."
Neidel said Aquila scored 14 of his team-high 18 points in the second half and teammate Matt Schwartz "played big in the fourth quarter," getting six of his 10 points in the period.
Akron's J.C. Tretter led all scorers with 32 points.
Elsewhere in boys basketball, Jared Shaw scored a game-high 15 points, including two three-pointers and three of four free throws, and Abram Miller netted 10 points and 12 rebounds as City Honors led most of the way in a 60-42 victory over JFK in the first round of the Depew Wildcat Tournament.
Host Depew also qualified for Wednesday's championship game with a 78-41 victory over Wilson. Scott Jachimiak (20 points), Eric Wild (17) and Bradley Kujawa (11) topped the Wildcats.
Carlos Rivera and Dominique Kendrick provided the one-two punch for Jamestown's 68-60 victory over Orchard Park as the No. 6 large school beat the team tied for No. 10.
Rivera scored 14 of his 17 points, including three three-pointers, in the second quarter and Kendrick netted 20 of his game-high 27 points in the second half.
Ryan Higgins led all scorers with 14 points as No. 8 small school East Aurora (6-1, 3-0) remained unbeaten in ECIC IV play with a 67-27 victory over Cleveland Hill (0-7, 0-4).
Troy Gier (14 points), Matt Yager (13) and John LoBianco (11) set the pace for North Collins' 63-38 romp over Hinsdale in Cattaraugus D.
Three players from Bishop Timon-St. Jude scored in double figures, but it was not enough to hold off a 66-60 loss to Section V's Charlotte. Steve Bryant (18), Darell Young (11) and Matt Dunford (11) led the Tigers. Charlotte got 23 from Bradley Griffin.
Lackawanna, the No. 2 small school, more than doubled Holland, 101-50. The Steelers' scoring leaders were Marcus Rivers (22) and Kenny Sweat (18).
Cheektowaga's Chris Huggins-Weaver scored 13 of his 17 points in the first half and teammate Kevin Hairston scored eight of his 16 in the fourth quarter in a 50-33 nonleague win over Grand Island.
Chrissy Fretthold hit two three-pointers while scoring a team-high 11 points for North Tonawanda. But it was the second trey, a game-winning bomb from 30 feet, that created a great finish to a 35-32 nonleague victory over Mount St. Mary.
"It was pretty exciting," said North Tonawanda coach Rachel Martin. "She drove down the floor and launched it at the buzzer.
"It was a close game the whole time. We got down by three and tied it, down by two and tied it, down by two and tied it again."
NT was down, 32-30, with under 30 seconds left when Lauren Lipinoga tied the score on a layup.
"We got a rebound off a missed shot, then came down the floor [for the winning shot]," Martin said.
In CCIAC I play, Jessica Nelson and Tina Peters shared 30 points and Andrea Peck scored 12 as Allegany-Limestone downed Southwestern, 49-42. . . . Skyler Carlson's 12 points led Falconer in a 62-35 rout of Dunkirk. . . . Fredonia sophomores Joelle Bennett and MaryKate Bongiovanni scored 11 points each in a 60-33 win over Gowanda.
In CCIAC III, Sherman's Rachel Ottaway scored 10 of her 17 points in the second half of a 47-46 squeaker over Pine Valley. Bethany Gribble had 12 points, and Hailey Meredith got 11 points and 10 rebounds for Sherman.
Lancaster's 44-15 win over Williamsville North put Redskins coach Dennis Beck into the Section VI record book with his 335th career dual meet victory, one more than Armand "Ace" Cacciatore of Niagara-Wheatfield.
"It's nice to get this over with so the focus can go back on the kids and how they wrestle," said Beck, a 1967 Lancaster graduate in his 31st year of coaching.
He said two "better wins" were posted by 119-pound Derrick Welch and 135-pound Mark Lewandowski.