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Cheektowaga pulls off shocker Warriors oust top seed East

The season is over for Yale Cup champion East.

No. 8 seed Cheektowaga sent the No. 1 seeded Panthers packing, 50-49, on Friday night in a Section VI Class A-2 quarterfinal game. Senior Damond Rainey of the Warriors hit a jump shot just inside the three-point line with 7 seconds left to decide it.

Domonique Jackson had a layup with 22 seconds left to give East a 49-48 lead. Cheektowaga, with no timeouts left, brought the ball up under control and spread the court. Rainey made a move on the right wing, attacked the middle of the floor, and then pulled up for the game-winner.

East (18-3) came into the game ranked No. 7 in the state, as well as No. 3 among Western New York large schools. Cheektowaga improves to 9-12.

"I'm not a Western New York guy. I've been out here just about seven years, but I can't imagine an upset of this magnitude in quite some time," said Cheektowaga coach Luke Vogel. "For me to see our kids celebrating in that fashion . . . coming off what has been an incredibly long year -- that's what it's all about."

Rainey finished with 17 points and Aswad Jones added 13 points. David Holmes netted 12 points and joined Jones with eight rebounds.

Jackson's 19 points led East and Dallas Gary was next with 18.

Kelvin Agee had 17 points as No. 1 seed Niagara Falls beat No. 9 Niagara-Wheatfield, 70-38, in Class AA.

The Wolverines were also without two senior starters, Mike Crumpton and Wayne Ollison. "Crumpton was a violation of school policy, school rules, and Wayne Ollison, it was a team matter," said Niagara Falls coach Giulio Colangello.

NF was also minus junior C.J. Cox, who suffered a broken jaw in practice this week and is out for the season.

Frontier shot 65 percent from the floor in a 75-42 win over Orchard Park in Class AA. The Falcons had five players in double figures, including Mike Grundtisch with 20 and Jason Norsen with 18 rebounds, 14 points and five blocks.

Depew, riding the defensive effort of Dan Strebel, beat South Park, 47-44, in Class A-2. Strebel held Sparks' senior standout Roman Brown, who had a triple-double in Wednesday's first-round win over Lew-Port, to one field goal and four points.

Zach Zmich (12 points) scored nine of Depew's 10 fourth-quarter points and blocked a game-tying three-point try at the buzzer. Anthony Battaglia scored 15 of his 19 points in the first half for the Wildcats (17-4), who rode the success of their hard man-to-man defense in the semis for the third year in a row. Alex Woodfork led the Sparks (10-12) with 15 points.

In Class B-1, Scott Drosendahl had 10 points and 11 rebounds as No. 1 seed East Aurora advanced with a 60-39 win over Burgard. Stan Wier had 17 points and Ryan Sweet added 13.

No. 6 seed Holland, feeding off its experience from a year ago, earned a trip to the semifinals with a 55-39 win over No. 3 Cassadaga Valley. The Dutchmen returned four of its top seven from the team that reached the Class C-1 final last year.

Holland (11-11) got contributions from everyone on the floor. In the first half, four different players had at least eight points. By the end of the game four players had at last six rebounds.

"It was team effort. The kids played great on the road," said coach Tim Schulz. "I think the experience of last year going to the final really helped our kids."

In the third quarter Holland held CV to six points. In the fourth quarter they slowed the game down and made seven of 10 foul shots to seal it. Freshman Jordan Farrant had made five free throws in the fourth quarter to finish with 15 points.

Ashton Brown had 27 points, including five three-pointers, and seven assists as No. Randolph advanced with a 66-49 win over Maritime Charter in Class C. Just four minutes into the game Chris Erdman, a four-year starter, was taken off the floor on a stretcher with a broken foot. "The rest of my guys stepped up and battled hard," said coach Kevin Hind. "[Brady] Morrison, he's a freshman, I saw him do things tonight I haven't seen him do all year. At that point it's the only option you have."

Frewsburg rallied the in game's final 50 second to beat Portville, 61-57, in Class C. Matt Coe had a layup with 50 second left to tie it, Kyle Perry hit a baseline jump for a two-point lead and Joe Bowman made two free throws to provide the final margin.


>O'Hara reports forfeit

Cardinal O'Hara is forfeiting its Manhattan Cup playoff win on Thursday night against Niagara Catholic, Athletic Director Angelo Sciandra reported on Friday. Niagara Catholic, not the Hawks, will play St. Mary's in Sunday's Class B final at Canisius College.

Sciandra said he did not fill out the proper paperwork on a player who transferred into the school last January. When this season came around he didn't submit the paperwork because he did not view him as a transfer.

"He did play a couple games for another school before he transferred in so we violated the league policy," said Sciandra. "I feel bad for our kids. It was unintentional. I feel terrible. I thought it was best that we removed ourselves."

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