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Take it to the bank: Seneca wins ; Three-pointer at buzzer secures league opener

David Damon banked in a three-pointer at the buzzer to give MST Seneca a 67-66 win over Emerson as Yale Cup basketball tipped off Wednesday night.

Emerson had hit 1 of 2 free throws to take a two-point lead in the final seconds, but Damon's running three-pointer attempt banked in off the glass for the last-second win in a Division II game.

Emerson (5-2, 0-1) jumped to an 18-8 first-quarter lead and enjoyed a 33-24 advantage at halftime before Seneca worked its way back into the game.

"We started to play better defense, pressure the ball and get turnovers," Seneca coach Scott Kirsh said. "They put in hard work and saw in the fourth quarter that it paid off."

Aaron Fraiser had 28 points and 11 rebounds to pace Seneca (2-5, 1-0) while Marquis Shaw had 14 points and 16 rebounds. Kyren Willis had 13 points and eight assists.

Willie Jefferson had a career-high 29 points to lead Riverside (4-1, 1-0) to a 79-56 win over Lafayette (0-1, 0-1) in Yale Cup Division I.

Riverside took a 40-33 halftime lead and incrementally extended that in the second half with better defense and rebounding. Lafayette's Davon Ferguson, who had 26 points, scored just six in the second half as the Riverside defense did a better job of collapsing in the paint.

Deon Artis had 17 points with seven rebounds, seven assists and seven steals.

It wasn't quite the way City Honors wanted to inaugurate its new gym. The Centaurs' first game in their new digs was a 67-54 loss to International Prep at Grover Cleveland in Division II.

Chris Holland had 18 points, six rebounds and five assists to pace I-Prep (3-2, 1-0) while Kadeem Hillman had 10 rebounds and three blocks.


Girls basketball

Nakeeia Ross had 23 points, 16 rebounds and two blocks to pace East to a 53-36 win over Bennett in the Canisius Cup opener for both teams.

Destiny Seneca scored eight of her 12 points in the fourth quarter to close out the win for East -- their first over Bennett in a league game since the 2005-06 season.

In Monsignor Martin action, Taylor Rooks had 18 points and 17 rebounds to help Nichols to a 74-51 win over Nardin.

Meghan Heldwein had 11 points and 11 rebounds for Nichols (6-1, 4-0).

Mount St. Mary scored 22 points in the fourth quarter to secure a 39-35 win over Mount Mercy.

Tara Topolski had 14 points and 10 steals for the Thunder (6-6, 2-2).


Girls hockey

A power-play goal by Molly Sikorski with 4:21 left in regulation gave West Seneca a 1-1 tie with Williamsville in Western New York Federation action.

Jamie Cohen scored at 11:50 of the second period to give Williamsville a 1-0 lead. Theresa Meosky recorded 18 saves for Williamsville (3-1-1) while Sydney Glynn had 30 stops for West Seneca (6-1-2).



Mike Lowe won by a 7-1 decision at 171 pounds to key Kenmore East in a 37-34 win over Lockport in Niagara Frontier League action.

At 160 pounds, Brandon Kirk won by decision, 5-3, to help the Bulldogs (7-5, 2-3 NFL) secure the win.

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