Deep Tapestry wins tourney
Times like these, Earl Schunk is thankful for the system he has. With his Tapestry team playing four games in four days, everybody is still fresh.
That's because he uses a full rotation of 10 players, substituting every 65 seconds. Again, the coach's formula worked as Tapestry (5-0) topped Burgard, 85-64, in the championship game of the Niagara Catholic Tipoff Tournament.
"It's almost like Grinnell," said Schunk, referencing the Division-III school that operates at a racecar pace. "We shoot a lot of threes, press and Dazmon Knight is quick as lightning at point guard.
Knight, with 19 points and eight assists, was named the tournament MVP. With an eight-point lead at halftime, Tapestry scored the first 10 points of the third quarter and never looked back.
Also for Tapestry, Daryll Hollins scored 23 points and Jordan Connell had 15. With another game tonight against the Buffalo Academy of Science, Schunk doesn't think his team is overly tired.
"They don't have blank stares," he said. "So we're good."
Rally lifts Middle College
OTC Middle College coach Randall Rich isn't sure what the exact numbers were -- just that they weren't pretty. His team was ice-cold in the first half against Nichols on Sunday.
"It felt like we started 2 of 30," he said. "We were getting good looks but kept missing."
Eventually, the shots fell and the Kats topped Nichols, 56-45, in the IAABO Holiday Classic at St. Bonaventure. Davon Alexander had 17 points (eight in the fourth), 11 rebounds and six assists and Cordell Torres added 15, six and five for Middle College (2-2). Liam Ryan had 12 points for Nichols.
The Kats erupted for 22 points in the fourth, eight by Alexander.
Frontier wins big
In WNY Federation hockey action, Frontier used a big third period, scoring four times, to defeat Niagara Falls, 6-0. Bob Piotrowicz notched a hat trick as Jonathan Hamilton made 15 saves for the shutout.
"We kind of blew it open in the third," coach Bob Klimowicz said. In other federation action, Lancaster topped Lockport, 13-1, as Josh Graser scored four goals and had two assists. St. Joe's edged Bishop Timon-St. Jude, 3-2, as Tyler Crawford registered a goal and an assist.
State championship page
Be sure to check out The News' state championship poster on D11, which today features the Randolph and Falconer girls volleyball title teams.