Timon hockey drops top seed St. Joe's
Bishop Timon-St. Jude advanced to the Catholic Federation hockey finals in dramatic fashion Wednesday at the Pepsi Center. Darren McCormick scored the game-winning goal on an assist from freshman Michael Crowley as the fourth-seeded Tigers upset No. 1 St. Joe's, 3-2, in triple overtime.
Crowley moved through the neutral zone and passed to McCormick, who took the puck hard to the outside and eventually beat the goalie to the far side. Timon (15-12-2) advanced to Sunday's 6 p.m. final at Buffalo State, where it will play Canisius, a 2-1 winner over St. Francis.
Timon fell behind, 2-0, before rallying to tie it. Pat Isch cut the lead in half midway through the second period, scoring on a slap shot from the point. Crowley added the second goal on an assist from Gage Carrig.
South Park, Hamburg win upsets
Roman Brown's triple-double (17 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists) and South Park's box-and-one defense on Lew-Port leading scorer Robby Seyler led the No. 10 Sparks to a 59-56 Section VI Class A-2 prequarterfinal victory at No. 6 Lew-Port. Alex Woodfork was the "one" in the box-and-one for South Park (10-11), which led the entire game and travels to Depew for Friday's quarterfinals.
AA: Damour Bailey had 27 points and 10 rebounds while Jackson Kocak (10 points) hit a three-pointer with eight seconds left to help lift No. 7 Kenmore West to a 74-72 overtime win over league rival Lockport, the 10th seed.
Kocak's three put West up by one and it added a free throw with a second left. Scott Grandits had 15 points and 10 rebounds, Nate O'Donnell had 12 points and Wade Josiah had six points and 15 rebounds. Lockport was led by Shannon Haynes (28 points) and Justin Guyton (17).
Kevin Miller scored a career-high 25 points to power No. 6 North Tonawanda over No. 11 Lancaster, 64-25.
A-1: No. 12 Hamburg got 20 points from Caleb Sarikey and Jayson Weigel added 18 points and 15 rebounds in a 56-41 upset of Lake Shore, a team that had swept the Bulldogs in ECIC II play.
Point guard Calvin Sluberski had 17 points and zero turnovers and John Bowen and Chris Evans had 16 points each as No. 10 Iroquois survived No. 7 Williamsville East, 69-67. Conor Gallivan made a free throw with eight seconds left to make it a two-point lead for the Chiefs. East missed a three at the buzzer.
Dejon Moore had 23 points and Justin Hawkins added 21, including five straight free throws in the fourth quarter of No. 9 Hutch-Tech's 91-81 win over No. 8 Middle College. Wayne Williams added 13 points and 11 rebounds and Sam Harris handed out 11 assists.
A-2: No. 8 Cheektowaga used a 9-0 run in the fourth quarter, paced by nine points from Aswad Jones, to outlast No. 9 Albion, 49-43. Jones finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks.
D.J. Stuckey scored 19, Melvin Payne 14 and Deon Artis and Jamal Swans hit crucial shots in the last minute as No. 10 Bennett defeated No. 7 Lafayette, 66-62. Steve Hall had 16 for Lafayette.
B-1: Rafiq Barnes and Keon Paris had 19 points each and Cordell Burnell grabbed 18 rebounds as No. 9 Burgard dropped No. 8 Dunkirk, 70-51. Burgard trailed by eight points early before opening up a lead.
Mount Mercy's Graham hits mark
Melissa Graham had 16 points to surpass 1,000 in her career as Mount Mercy downed Mount St. Mary, 46-30, in Monsignor Martin Association girls basketball. . . . Kaitlin Donahoe had 22 points and eight assists while Moriah Camp grabbed 14 rebounds and had five blocks to go along with 11 points to lift Nichols (18-6) over Nardin, 61-52.
Jill Fitzner had 19 points as Immaculata moved to 15-5 with a 62-49 win over St. Mary's. The Lancers' Raeann Stilwell had 28 points, giving her 411 to break the single-season school record.