Licata breaks mark for threes
All-Western New York quarterback Joe Licata of Williamsville South throws bombs on the basketball court, too.
Wednesday night, Licata became the all-time WNY career leader in three-point baskets as he struck seven times from outside the arc in a 61-46 victory over Williamsville North in the championship game of the Jolly Boys Tournament at Williamsville South.
Licata had 24 points in the victory -- with one two-point basket, one free throw in addition to his seven treys. He has 288 career three-point baskets, three more than the 285 by Ritchie Campbell of Burgard (1990).
"He has unlimited range and a really quick release," said South coach Al Monaco. "North had a kid shadowing him all night and giving no help-side defense, but he has a knack of getting open and such a quick release without losing any accuracy, it's uncanny. He has the best eye-hand coordination I've ever seen."
Licata hit seven threes in South's first-round victory over St. Francis on Tuesday night and has hit for 34 in his last five games.
The 6-foot-3 senior has 41 three-pointers in seven games so far this season. Amazingly, he has only a pair of two-point baskets. North's Sterling Taplin was held to 10 points with South's Phil Stasiak doing most of the defensive work on the Spartans star. Tuesday night, Stasiak became Williamsville South's all-time career scoring leader.
Tournament MVP Kevin O'Connell had 16 points for South. Stasiak received the Sportsmanship Award.
Elsewhere, Tyler Funk earned MVP honors after scoring 18 points to lead Clarence (4-3) to the championship of its own tournament Tuesday. The Red Devils defeated Niagara-Wheatfield, 50-44, in the title game. The 6-foot-8 Funk had 15 rebounds in the finale.
Four Kenmore West players, including tournament MVP Martin Bailey (12), scored in double figures as the Bull Devils came on in the fourth quarter in a 60-48 victory over host Kenmore East in the championship game of the Ken-Ton Tournament. It was tied at 40 after three quarters, but Kenmore West dominated the final period 20-8. Ryan Grandits led West with 20 points while Quinton Campbell, an all-tournament choice, had 15 points and Andrew Cosme scored 10. Dante Bono's 20 points lead Kenmore East.
Tournament MVP Andrew Bailey scored 20 points and had eight boards in leading Lockport over Starpoint, 70-41, in the championship game of the Pendleton Lions Tournament at Starpoint. Larry Carson, who had 11 points for the Lions, also made all-tournament.
Tommy Campion and Jaysean Paige scored 22 points each to lead Jamestown over Corning, 86-69, for the consolation bracket championship of the Elmira Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament in Horseheads. Paige, who had 82 points in three games, made the all-tournament team. Darin Butts had 18 points and Ben Wrazen had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Red Raiders (5-2).
Rashaune Crule hit for 30 points as he led Sweet Home to a 64-62 triumph over Cardinal O'Hara in their nonleague game. Maurice Betton had 18 points and Mark Cerza 15 for the losing Hawks.
Nichols icers in semifinal
Nichols outshot St. Francis, 38-13, and defeated the Red Raiders, 7-1, in the Nichols-Belmont Hill New Year's Tournament at Dann Memorial Rink.
Ryan Stayner had a pair of goals and goalie Peter Dudek made 12 saves for the Vikings, who are 3-0 in the tournament and will face Belmont Hill (Mass.) in the semifinals at 9 this evening.
St. Joe's saw Bishop Hendricken (R.I.) pull the goalie for an extra attacker and score twice in the last 1:44 before the Marauders held on for a 3-2 victory in the consolation final of the Mount St. Charles Hockey Face Off in Woonsocket, R.I. Tyler Mills, Rob Finn and Will Mangione had the goals for the Marauders. and goalie Connor Stockman made 29 saves.
"After nine games in 14 days we are excited about having some time off," said Joe's coach Rich Crozier.
Nardin wins tournament
In girls basketball, tournament MVP Chloe Wingerter scored 21 points to lead Nardin over the host team, 53-38, in the championship game of the Holy Angels Tournament. Alicia Jancevski had 10 points for the Gators. Jontay Walton led Holy Angels with 15 points.
After trailing by two at halftime, Roy-Hart had a big second half and defeated Barker, 44-34, to win its own tournament. Olivia Kelkenburg had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winning Rams. Tournament MVP Jesse DeWaters had 11 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in the victory. It was the fourth year in a row Roy-Hart has won its tournament.