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East knocks off Lackawanna; St. Joe's rebounds

It's been four seasons since Lackawanna lost on its home floor. It happened Saturday as East beat the Steelers, 61-42, in the final of the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament sponsored by the Lake Erie Italian Club. The loss was also the first of the season for the Steelers, ranked No. 3 in New York State.

Jamal Webb had 22 points and 10 boards for East while Damien Goodwin added 19 points. East outscored Lackawanna, 40-14, in the middle quarters.

"Our kids didn't put up much of a fight," said Lackawanna coach Tim Foley. "It was like they punched us in the mouth and we kind of backed away, we didn't respond. They just outplayed us."

The Steelers' last loss at home was 71-60 to East Aurora on Feb. 5, 2002.

Syracuse CBA Tournament: After struggling to find its stroke in Friday's loss to Jamesville-Dewitt, St. Joe's bounced back to beat Syracuse CBA, 81-66, in the consolation. Domonic Cook and John Greer had 21 points each and Andrew Passage added 20.

Cataract City Classic: Niagara Falls, nursing a one-point lead at the half, beat Rochester Arts, 74-64, to win the title. The Falls (5-0) wore down Arts with its deeper bench in the second half. Jonathan Flynn earned MVP honors after scoring 26 points. Arts' 6-foot-7 Tomas Simmons-Vazquez, who has signed with Canisius, kept his team in it with 16 points and five blocks.

IABBO Tournament: Jamestown claimed the large school title beating Bradford, 57-51, as Dominique Kendrick scored 18 points to earn MVP. Freshman Carlos Rivera made two free throws with 15 seconds left to give the Red Raiders a four-point cushion. Marcus McAffee led Jamestown (8-1) with 22 points.

Olean, coming off its first loss, played solid on both ends and beat Grover Cleveland in the consolation, 74-58. Olean (8-1) came into the event ranked No. 1 in the state in Class B. Zach Moore netted 23 points for Olean.


Girls basketball

IABBO Tournament: On a team filled of players who can score, sophomore guard Erinne Cunningham took her turn as Jamestown dominated Pioneer, 78-32, to win the title. Cunningham earned MVP honors as she had 18 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Yevette Hunter added 19 points and 13 rebounds.

The Red Raiders, who put together a 21-game winning streak last year, are off to an 11-0 start.


Indoor track

The indoor season isn't proving to be much different from outdoor for Holland and its relay teams. The Dutchmen, in their first season of indoor, won two relays Saturday at the Boys Division A/D meet Saturday at SUNY Fredonia.

Holland won the 4x200 and 4x400 meters with Tim Prendergast, Taylor Kensey, Spencer Evans and John Ramsey running both events.

During outdoor, Holland's 4x400 was state runner-up, Section VI Division II champ and finished with the fastest time in Western New York.

North Tonawanda took four first places thanks to Tom Danat (55 hurdles), Sean Smyth (1,000), Brad Pollick (high jump) and Lou Anastasi (triple jump).

There were two double winners for girls. Brianne Steel of Newfane won the 55 hurdles and high jump while Jill O'Brien of West Seneca West won the 55 dash and long jump.



The title of the sixth annual Maryvale Tournament went to Medina. Roy-Hart was runner-up of the event, which featured 16 teams.

Winning their weight classes for the Mustangs were Tristan Hamner (96 pounds), Dominic Montesanti (103), Eric Velez (119) and Sam Montesanti (275).

Wally Weber of Amherst (145), Matt Johnston of Roy-Hart (160) and C.J. Regnet of Starpoint (171) won their weight class with shutouts in the final.

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