Bennett upsets Riverside
Breaking through the pressure, Bennett got some timely offense coupled with some solid defense to upset No. 7 large school Riverside, 74-68, in a Yale Cup Division I boys basketball game Wednesday.
Bennett (6-3, 3-2) trailed by three points heading to the fourth quarter and finally took a two-point lead on a three-pointer by Forest Richardson with about two minutes left in the game.
William Vanoy controlled the offense, penetrated, got to the foul line and hit his free throws to seal the win.
"I told the players we had to make sure we got some defensive stops and they did a great job with that," Bennett coach Randy Rakowski said. "We got through their press, controlled the offense and moved the ball. We really worked hard to pull this one off and the guys stayed together."
Vanoy had 20 points and 11 assists for Bennett while Justice Feggans had 24 points for Riverside (6-3, 3-2).
Torres leads Middle College
Playing without their two leading scorers, OTC Middle College got a strong game from junior Cordell Torres to earn a 69-58 win over City Honors in a Yale Cup Division II game.
Torres scored 31 points with 15 rebounds to pace Middle College, which was without leading scorers Khalid Brown and Davon Alexander as both missed the game with injuries.
Christopher Queener had 12 rebounds and six blocked shots while Kevin Reese added 11 points.
Elsewhere in the Yale Cup, Chris Boyd scored 13 points in the third quarter to key East in a 76-57 win over Hutch-Tech in Division I.
The Panthers (6-3, 4-1) went on a 23-6 run in the third to take control of the game. Boyd had three consecutive three-pointers in the quarter en route to his 21 points. He also added six assists and four steals. Tremmell Fisher netted 21 points, adding 10 rebounds and three steals.
Meanwhile, McKinley remained undefeated with a 75-48 win over Lafayette in Division I. Damone Canty had 19 points to lead McKinley (8-0, 5-0) while Dajuan Rutledge had 15 points and 10 steals. Also notching double-doubles were Antonio Avery (14 points, 11 rebounds) and Bryant Cunningham (11 points, 14 rebounds).
Third period lifts Kenmore
Kenmore scored three goals in the third period to earn a 3-1 win over Amherst/Sweet Home in girls WNY Federation hockey.
Amherst had taken a 1-0 first-period lead before Kenmore got on the board in the third. Lina Mirabella scored the game-winning goal with 4:50 left and Kenmore (2-8) added an empty-netter.
"It was the first time our team has put 45 minutes together," Kenmore coach Jeff Orlowski said.
"With a new program and a whole new league, you can get down on your luck. We've talked about teaching yourself how to win. The work effort has been there, but when you don't see it on the scoreboard, it's hard for the players. Tonight that hard work paid off."