Riverside's streak ends
Hutch-Tech ended Riverside's 32-game Yale Cup winning streak on Friday, 55-52. Ahmed Brown led the Engineers with 21 points. Riverside's last league loss was Feb. 3, 2004 against Tech.
"We talked about what had been accomplished," said Riverside coach Ron Killinger. "Ajay Hopson, DeJuan Hardy, Brandon Wallace were a part of the streak, but for nost of them it was a new experience. It was a great run and not something that's done very often, especially with the talent of the teams in the city league. You have to come to play every single day."
City Honors needed overtime to beat Burgard, 69-66, and earn its first Yale Cup win. Freshman Sean Mulhern hit a three-pointer with 1 second to go to forced overtime at 60-60. In the OT, senior Jared Shaw scored the last four points of game with a steal, layup and two free throws. City Honors kept it close despite Burgard making six of six three-pointers in the third quarter. Mulhern finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Centaurs.
Nichols overcame an early seven-point deficit and beat Niagara Catholic, 75-63, in the Monsignor Martin Association. Jeremiah Jones scored 13 of his 29 points and the Patriots jumped out to a 21-14 lead. Nichols came back to lead by three at the half and by six after the third quarter. Tom Ruffino led Nichols (12-1, 2-0) with 25 points and Malik Glenn-Black added 20.
Kevin Roth had 29 points and a career high 18 rebounds as St. Francis moved to 3-0 in the MMA with a 73-57 win over Cardinal O'Hara.
Domonic Cook (18 points, eight assists), John Greer (15 points) and St. Joe's built a 31-point lead with 6:35 left in the fourth quarter of what would end up a 75-60 victory over Williamsville East. "We were on all cylinders tonight," said St. Joe's coach Mark Simon.
Senior guard Mark Gramza scored from the elbow with 4 seconds left as Grand Island recovered from a sluggish third quarter and beat Lew-Port, 54-53. The Vikings were outscored, 9-7, in the third. Chris Rajczak had 14 points while Greg Feathers added 12.
Jonathan Flynn put up 30 points as Niagara Falls prepared for its trip to the Big Apple Classic in New York City this weekend with a 98-42 rout of North Tonawanda.
OP players recovering
A pair of Orchard Park basketball players were recovering Friday from injuries suffered in Thursday's ECIC I contest with Williamsville North.
Seniors Jim Brewer and Andy Buyea collided while going after a rebound with 1:49 left in the third quarter. "You'd have to see it, it wasn't pretty at all," said OP coach Bob Rumschik. "It happened so fast, and the whole gym went totally silent. I was going to look at it today (on film), but I'm not ready yet."
After being strapped to immobilizing back boards by ambulance personnel, the players were taken to ECMC.
Brewer was treated for neck injuries and was released. He was not in school on Friday.
Buyea was hoping to be released on Friday, but is being held for another day. The results of a CT scan were negative. Rumschik said Buyea suffered head trauma and had multiple bruises. "He looked real banged up. He didn't have a chance to land with his hands at all," he said."
The Quakers did not practice on Friday. Instead, the team went to the hospital after school to visit Buyea and afterward out to dinner. "That's how we're trying to come back together as a team and restart our practices tomorrow," said Rumschik.
Rumschik said Buyea didn't remember much about the incident, but he was coherent and had good dialogue with his teammates.
A makeup date for the game has not been finalized.
Thompson nets 1,000th
Jackee Thompson scored her 1,000th point with a layup in the second quarter as Bennett moved to 4-0 in the Canisius Cup with a 55-47 win over Lafayette. Thompson finished with 25 points. The loss was the first in the league for Lafayette.
Lindsey Phillips scored the game-winner with 25 seconds left as North Tonawanda overcame 34 points from Destiny Harrison in a 58-56 win over Niagara Falls, in a Niagara Frontier League girls basketball game.
Bridget Burke had 17 points and 11 rebounds while Lindsey Burke (11 points) and Tiara Durant (10) pitched in as Lockport led the entire way in a 45-41 win over Kenmore East.
A basket by Lauren Shagla-McKotch with 1:40 left gave Southwestern the lead for good in a 40-39 win over Olean. Olean got the ball back with 7 seconds left, but Southwestern's defense held.
Leila Gentile scored a career high 15 points as Nardin moved to 6-0 in the Monsignor Martin Association with a 53-29 win over Holy Angels.
Justine Smith's 30-point, 12-rebound night moved Immaculata to 11-1 with a 58-36 win over Wilson.
Freshman Hannah Herc had 15 points and 13 rebounds as Alden downed Eden, 63-54, in ECIC IV.
Depew sophomore Alexis Wayne hit two free throws with 14 seconds left to polish off an outstanding game and a 57-54 win at Springville. Wayne had 25 points, 12 rebounds, 12 steals and was 11 of 15 at the foul line.
Trailing by as many as 13 points in the firt half, Niagara Catholic came back and beat Walsh, 44-38. Emily Bird led the Patriots with 14 points.
Kelsey McKeown hit a 15-footer with six seconds left as Lake Shore edged West Seneca East for its first ECIC II win.