Falls avoids upset
No. 1 ranked Niagara Falls (5-0, 2-0) averted an upset in the Niagara Frontier League, holding off Kenmore West for a 54-52 victory in boys basketball.
Taijay Williams hit a three-point shot with 11 seconds left to put the Wolverines in front. Kenmore West ran an out-of-bounds play for Martin Bailey with 5 seconds left. Bailey had a good look, but his shot was off the rim.
"We've been warning about a letdown and tonight was the night," Niagara Falls coach Giulio Colangelo said. "Give Kenmore West the credit. They didn't back down all night. They came out strong and played with a lot of energy."
Marcus Lobdell led West with 17 points. Jaleo Wilkins and Williams had 14 points each for Falls. Jordan Street had 12 boards for the Wolverines, who made only 5 of 15 free throws.
Niagara-Wheatfield's defense frustrated Lockport's last attempt at a shot to tie or win the game, as the Falcons held on for a 54-52 NFL win.
The host Lions were unable to get off a last shot. Jake Hughes led N-W with 21 points. The Falcons (2-1, 2-0 NFL) took a 43-34 lead into the final period and managed to hold off Lockport's rally. Larry Carson led the Lions with 17 points.
Elsewhere in the NFL, Marc Morreale scored 20 points and came up with seven steals in leading unbeaten Lewiston-Porter (4-0, 2-0) to a 60-47 road win at Grand Island.
North earns road victory
Williamsville North got to Orchard Park early, opening with a 15-2 run on the way to the Spartans' fourth win without a loss in ECIC I.
Edwin Young hit for a career-high 20 points and added 12 rebounds and Starling Taplin had 21 points and six assists to lead North to the road win. Orchard Park, which was missing senior forward Ryan Lindquist (ankle injury) had no scorers in double figures. Charles Mosey and Zach Schenk had nine points each for the Quakers.
"Just good man-to-man defense," North coach Chuck Swierski said of his team's early jump. "I think four of the points came off steals. We came out ready to play. It was my 100th win. The kids knew that but I don't think it mattered. They just play hard, generally speaking."
Swierski played 12 players and 10 of them scored for the Spartans.
In a nonleague game, St. Francis (4-5) registered its first victory over Nichols (1-7) in four years, defeating the visiting Vikings, 76-56. The Red Raiders jumped to a 16-5 first period lead and were in control the rest of the way. Christopher Miller (13) led four St. Francis scorers in double figures. Freshman Tom Nuttle had 13 for Nichols, including three baskets from outside the three-point arc.
East, Sparks win openers
Canisius Cup league play got under way among Buffalo Public Schools girls basketball teams.
Nakeeia Ross led the way with 15 points as East opened with a a 37-32 triumph at City Honors and South Park got past OTC Middle College, 35-24.
Elsewhere, Talia Parker made all of her points clutch ones as she went 5 of 8 at the line in the fourth quarter to help Cheektowaga win at crosstown rival Maryvale, 48-43. Jazzae Verse (14 points) went 3 for 3 at the line in the fourth. Charmaine Weaver (15 points) and Kadijah Kidd each had 10 rebounds for the Warriors.
Flames 4-0 in ECIC II
Williamsville East kept its record perfect (4-0) in ECIC II with a 50-36 triumph at West Seneca East. The Flames were led by Bailey Weigel's 16 points and 12 by Marci Tirone.
Corrin Genovese had 16 points and Nikki Attea 10 for Williamsville North (3-3, 2-1 ECIC I) in a 48-28 triumph over Clarence.