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Will North puts in overtime to beat Clarence ; Buzzer-beater carries Riverside

Freshman Sterling Taplin had 24 of his 30 points after halftime while senior Jonathan Safir hit a big shot in overtime to lead unbeaten Williamsville North to a 60-55 ECIC I victory over visiting Clarence.

Taplin hit four of his five three-pointers in the fourth quarter and overtime, hitting two in each period. With North (7-1, 4-0 ECIC I) leading by two, Safir drove the lane and hit a bank shot for a 59-55 lead with 13 seconds to play.

Clarence (5-4, 2-2) was led by Tyler Funk's 26 points while Safir was part of the defense that limited Red Devils standout David Hill to one point.

"We came into tonight and we said let's not let these two guys [Funk and Hill] beat us," said North coach Chuck Swierski. "Jonathan, who was really a big part of doing a nice job on Hill, who is a fantastic player, hits the game-winner at the end. I told him I couldn't be more proud unless he was my own son. It was fantastic."

Jamestown held Orchard Park to 14 points in the second half of an 82-43 victory in ECIC I. The Red Raiders went on a 42-8 run in the middle quarters, and held the Quakers scoreless for five minutes. Jaysean Paige had 25 points and 13 rebounds while Darrin Butts delivered with 21 points, seven assists and five steals.

JJ Harrington had 21 points, 19 rebounds and six blocks as Lancaster downed visiting Frontier, 62-49, in ECIC I. Zak Plonka added 16 points as the Redskins evened their league record at 2-2.

Dondre Alexander and Christian Cheatom had 22 points each as Lackawanna handed Tonawanda its first league loss in ECIC IV, 46-35.

"We forced shots all night, but part of it was they pressured the ball well and played tough defense," said Tonawanda coach Hank Hughes. "We weren't very disciplined, a lot of pass and shoot."

Yale Cup: Maurice Miles hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer that forced overtime, but Riverside regained its composure to beat Hutch-Tech in overtime, 61-57.

"It was a war out there, it really was," said Riverside coach Ron Killinger. "Hutch-Tech played very, very hard the entire game."

Riverside won the overtime, 9-5, taking the lead from the start with strong transition play and then holding on.

The Frontiers used that same style to lead most of the game, but Miles (19 points) helped lead a Hutch-Tech comeback and then hit his only three-pointer of the game to force OT.

After Deon Artis hit one free throw and missed the second with 11.7 seconds left to give Riverside a 52-49 lead, Hutch-Tech's Nelson Clark handed the ball off to Miles on the left side, and he planted both feet and hit the three at the buzzer.

Guard Aaron Frazier's layup with 13 seconds left helped MST Seneca hand previously undefeated Buffalo Arts a 67-65 loss, in a game played at Medaille College.

The Indians outscored Arts, 24-11, in the first quarter. "We won on Wednesday on a last-second shot [vs. Emerson] and used our defense to come back in that game," said coach Scott Kirsch. "We kind of came out in that same kind of aggressive defense and turned turnovers into layups, and that got us going."

Davon Alexander had 26 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists as OTC Middle College opened with an 81-45 victory over Emerson.

Dajaun Rutledge had 11 steals, coming off the nine he had on Thursday, as McKinley beat Burgard, 67-43. Antonio Avery had 20 points and 11 boards for the Macks (4-0).

Monsignor Martin Association: St. Joe's celebrated more than a 87-32 victory over Cardinal O'Hara.

They also recognized its coach, Mark Simon, for earning his 200th career victory in the Marauders' last start on Tuesday. Simon, 201-76 in 11 seasons, was presented a 200 wins basketball before the game. "It's nice to be honored. I was very humbled and touched," he said. Ed Zirnheld had a career-high 18 points for the Marauders (7-4).

Niagara Frontier League: Undefeated Niagara Falls jumped out to a 17-7 lead after the first quarter and beat visiting North Tonawanda, 73-42. Marcus Feagin had 11 rebounds to go with his 13 points for the Wolverines (7-0).

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