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EA, Sweet Home, Olean win titles

Sweet Home, East Aurora and Olean, all earned the right to raise a banner in their gyms after clinching boys titles in their respective divisions Friday night.

Keron Briggs poured in 31 points as Sweet Home clinched the ECIC II title with a 72-51 win over Lake Shore. The Panthers (11-0) have either won or shared the crown the past three years.

Stan Wier had 21 points and 12 rebounds and senior Will Reuter scored a career-high 11 points off the bench as East Aurora clinched the ECIC III title with an 80-51 win over Pioneer.

Ryan Carney had 23 points as Olean earned at least a share of CCAA I with a 71-48 victory over Dunkirk.

Sean Mulhern returns to the lineup and St. Joe's runs off three wins in a row. The Marauders capped a 3-0 week with a 70-63 win over St. Mary's in the Monsignor Martin Association. The 6-foot-5 Mulhern, who missed the last month with a stress fracture, grabbed 16 rebounds. St. Mary's won the first meeting against St. Joe's, 57-48.

Kyle Wojciechowski had 18 points while Matt Dyrek and Evan King added 17 points each. Joe Barnhardt led St. Mary's with 19 points.

Connor Kobis scored on a driving layup with 30 seconds left and Justin Mitchell added a free throw as Timon-St. Jude beat St. Francis, 53-50. St. Francis missed a three-pointer at the buzzer.

Domonique Jackson and Dallas Gary dominated on both ends of the floor as East moved to 11-0 in the Yale Cup with a convincing 98-54 win over McKinley. When they weren't taking turns scoring, Jackson and Gary were busy containing the Macks' top offensive threats Mansa Habeeb (14 points) and Kevin Chillis (15 points).

Jackson finished with 32 points and Gary added 26. East roared out to a 45-30 halftime lead and kept the pressure on in the second half.

McKinley tried to make a run in the third quarter, but a barrage of baskets by Jackson and Gary "took the steam out of them," said coach Starling Bryant. "Our kids Jackson and Gary got pretty hot, and we played some great defense."

Henry Mingle grabbed 14 rebounds for East, which wraps up the season with Hutch-Tech on Wednesday and Grover Cleveland on Friday.

Justin Stokes and Darale Young combined to make four free throws in the last 25 seconds as Middle College beat Hutch-Tech, 75-72. Young finished with 26 points while Stokes had 23. Davon Alexander had 16 rebounds to go with his 10 points.

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Girls basketball

The race for the Canisius Cup title got a whole lot tighter. City Honors handed Bennett its first loss, 49-44, leaving the two teams, along with East, with one loss each.

Sarah Miller had 16 points 15 rebounds and Kat Curry had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Centaurs. Curry had several points off long passes against Bennett's press. Aiesha Simpson of Bennett had 15 points, all on three-pointers, to keep her team close.
Jessica Curry had a career-high 30 points and five assists as Wilson moved to 12-1 in the Niagara-Orleans League with 61-41 win over Akron.

Jenna Rickan had 16 points and Ashley Krier 12 as Kenmore West outscored North Tonawanda, 32-14, in the second half of a 51-32 win. Joanna Fretthold led the Jacks with 13 points.

Caroline Randall had a career-high 24 points, scoring 18 in first half, as Lockport moved to 12-1 with a 63-33 win over Niagara-Wheatfield. Lea Sobieraski had 15 points and Emma Sobieraski added 11.

In the Pioneer Tournament, Katie Purcell had 14 points and Meg Recktenwald added 10 as Mount Mercy advanced with a 54-32 win over Iroquois. In the other game, Ashling Flannery had 19 points as Pioneer moved to 17-1 with a 61-33 win over Hamburg.

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