Ewing sparks O'Hara boys victory James Ewing keyed a Cardinal O'Hara comeback on the defensive end and then delivered the winning basket on a layup off Tim Young's assist with 4.5 seconds left as the Hawks defeated nonleague host Starpoint, 64-63, in a boys' basketball game between Monsignor Martin Athletic Association and ECIC schools.
Ewing took the dish from Young to provide the winning points after Young drove to the basket. But the 6-foot-5 forward made his biggest contribution on defense, playing the top of O'Hara's 1-3-1 match-up zone. After Starpoint drained four three-pointers to take a 43-35 lead into halftime, the long arms of Ewing made it more difficult for the Spartans to can treys as they had just one in the final 16 minutes.
Garrison Gross also made a couple of steals in the middle of that zone in the second half for the Hawks, who trailed three times by at least 10 points. They kept Starpoint from pulling away each time in earning their third straight win heading into tonight's key Monsignor Martin small schools showdown at Nichols.
Sacred Heart, Falls girls win
The first game of a challenging week for Sacred Heart proved to be difficult for three quarters before the Sharks turned their Monsignor Martin Association girls' basketball game into a rout against Holy Angels, 41-22. Gina Ricotta scored eight of her 10 points in the second half and also grabbed nine rebounds as Sacred Heart (14-0, 4-0) used a 20-5 fourth quarter to pull away after trailing, 12-10, at halftime. SH, the Buffalo News' No. 2 large school, plays third-ranked Nardin on Wednesday night at Canisius High School.
Meghan Dougherty scored five of her 18 points in 30 seconds just after host Depew (10-5) pulled within one with 2:40 left to lead Nichols (12-3) to a 61-51 nonleague win. Dougherty canned a three-pointer and made two free throws and finished the game with six assists. Kaitlin Donahoe had seven assists to go with 21 points.
Destiny Harrison scored eight of her gamehigh 25 points during Niagara Falls' 15-5 third quarter as the Wolverines edged host Kenmore West, 48-43, in the Niagara Frontier League.
Jessica Cristiano drained a foul shot with 15 seconds left to provide the winning point for West Seneca West in a 39-38 ECIC Interdivision win at Lake Shore.