St. Joe's crossed paths with a player that coach Mark Simon described as "the next coming of Jonny Flynn," referring to the current Niagara Falls star.
He's actually point guard Brandon Triche from Jamesville-Dewitt of Section III, and his 27 points were enough to hand Western New York's No. 1 large school its first loss, 75-60, in the Syracuse CBA Tournament.
"He had a 12-point third quarter when they blew it open. He can pass, shoot, rebound, he does it all," said Simon, "and we didn't do anything. We shot 33 percent from the floor. We just couldn't score. It was terrible."
St. Joe's (7-1) entered the game ranked No. 2 in the state in Class A while Jamesville-Dewitt (9-1) was No. 5. Andrew Passage had 16 points for St. Joe's while Domonic Cook added 12.
Timon-St. Jude Tournament: The Tigers went on an 11-1 run in the game's final three minutes to hand Nichols its first loss and win the championship.
Andy Dlugosz scored eight of his 17 points during the run. Tournament MVP Matt Dunford added 18 points. Nichols, which got a game-high 23 points from Tom Ruffino, drops to 9-1.
Clarence Tournament: Greg Stevens' 19 points helped him earn MVP honors and enabled Clarence to beat Riverside, 78-55, in the final. Drew Bielawski also tossed in 19 and JJ Hughes had seven assists.
Springville/Emerling Ford Tournament: Victor Arroyo had 15 assists and 14 points to earn tournament MVP honors as Lafayette beat West Valley, 97-62, in the final.
Coaches vs. Cancer: Good shot selection and hard work on the boards earned East a trip into the final with a convincing 65-39 win over St. Francis. Jamal Webb had 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists while Brandon Hall and Damien Goodwin had double-doubles. East plays Lackawanna, a 78-59 winner over St. Mary's, for the title tonight at 7 p.m. Marcus Rivers had 24 points and five steals for the Steelers.
Rotary Club of Williamsville: MVP Ryan Young grabbed 31 rebounds in two games as Williamsville North beat Williamsville South, 53-47. North and South have met in the final all three years of the tournament with North winning all three.
East Aurora Tournament: Senior Kendra Brim scored a career-high 35 points and had 14 rebounds as Nardin knocked off Section V power Nazareth, 55-49. Nazareth was a state finalist last year in Class B. "Kendra had a monster game. She scores all over, inside, outside," said coach Jake Herlihy. Caroline Hourihan handed out eight assists as the Gators moved to 7-2.
East Aurora shot 32 of 65 from the floor (49 percent) to drub Medina, 78-29. Sarah Soroka had 21 points and Jessie Tarantino had six steals for the Blue Devils.
Matt Colpoys Tournament: Lancaster struggled to beat Kenmore West by six points in last year's Section VI Class AA semifinal. This win came much easier as the Redskins held West to nine points in the first half of a 57-24 win.
Fredonia Tournament: MVP Krystal Watson netted 12 points as Sacred Heart remained undefeated (8-0) with a 44-24 win over Frontier in the final. Fredonia drained a season-high seven three-pointers in a 46-42 win over Holy Angels in the consolation.
Wheatland-Chili Tournament: MVP Justine Smith had 12 points as Immaculata moved to 8-1 with a 45-27 win over Wheatland-Chili in the final.
Holland Tournament: Kate Becker earned MVP honors as Holland downed St. Mary's, 52-32, in the title game.
Boys cross country
Joe Whalen of Hamburg has been named cross country's Sophomore Runner of the Year in New York State. Whalen finished 23rd at the Federation Championship last month at Wappingers Falls. He was fourth in Class A at the New York State meet at Warwick Valley. He won the Section VI Class A title at Long Point State Park.
"He has a lot of natural ability and he also has an incredible work ethic, said Hamburg coach Ron Fortuna. "He focused on getting himself better and getting his team better."
Whalen was also included on the All-State team released by the NYS Sportswriter's Association. Grabbing the highest spot among Western New York runners was East Aurora senior Ryan O'Connor, who made second team. Whalen was third team along with senior Tom Reubens of Wilson. Senior John Haenle of Lockport was fourth team.
Girls cross country
The top seven runners on the East Aurora girls cross country team have been recognized by the state. The Blue Devils won the New York State title in Class B and finished fifth in the Federation meet.
Juniors Jenna Hulton and Catherine Lussardi were named to the All-New York State first team along with freshman Jaime Wallace of Alden.
Other Blue Devils making the team were sophomore Kirsten Weberg (second team), senior Marla Kelley (third team), eight-grader Paige Pelton (fourth), sophomore Erin Crawford (honorable mention) and junior Tara O'Conner (honorable mention).
Other all-state picks were junior Kailey Sullivan of West Seneca West (fourth team, Class AA), senior Megan Niblock of Sweet Home (fourth team, Class A), senior Leanne Skrabacz of West Seneca East (fifth team, Class A), senior Sarah Veith of Lake Shore (honorable mention, Class A), freshman Hannah Moffett of Albion (third team, Class B), junior Nicole Calbi (Olean, fourth team), seventh-grader Katie Saff of Falconer (Class C, fourth team) and senior Brooke Adams of Randolph (third team, Class D).
Nick Vitale and Corey Mentel won their weight classes to help West Seneca East win the Akron Wrestling Tournament. Vitale won at 112 pounds and Mentel took 275 as the Trojans had wrestlers reach the final in five weight classes.
John Kieffer of Barker had the fastest pin in 26 seconds. The aggregate pin went to Chris Emminger of St. Joe's, who had three pins in a combined 7 minutes, 20 seconds.
Nichols rallied from deficits of 2-0 after the first period and 3-1 after two to beat Millbrook, 4-3, in the Nichols/Belmont Hill Invitational. Freshman Ben Certo scored the game-winner with 41 seconds left. Goalkeeper Pat Stafford had 38 saves. . . . Pat Otwell was named MVP as Orchard Park beat St. Francis, 3-2, to win the Fighting Irish Holiday Hockey Tournament at Batavia.