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No slowing Williamsville South ; Lancaster avenges loss to North

Williamsville South knows all about winning games in ECIC II. The Billies made it 23 straight at the expense of crosstown rival Williamsville East on Friday night, 67-47.

Erik Hansen tied his season-high with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Kevin O'Connell handed out 10 assists and scored 14 points. Dan Schaus added 16 points and eight boards.

"Our two big guns, Joe Licata [10 points] and Phil Stasiak [nine] had their season-lows, so it was nice to see our other guys pick their games up," said South coach Al Monaco.

The game was the first for Aaron Adams since breaking his wrist in the season opener. Schaus, who had been starting for Adams, gave his team a spark by scoring 10 of his 16 points in the first half.

Licata finished with three three-pointers, tying him for No. 2 all time in the state for career threes. He now has 308, 26 behind the state record.

Lancaster did more than knock off No. 8 large school Williamsville North, 67-58. The victory avenged an earlier loss to the Spartans and kept it in the hunt to host a home game in the upcoming sectionals.

It was North's (7-3, 4-2) first game in exactly two weeks since suffering its first league loss at Frontier on Jan. 14. Lancaster (9-4, 4-3) has won four of five, beating Frontier and Clarence and then defeating Orchard Park on Wednesday to bounce back from a home loss to West Seneca West.

Lancaster center JJ Harrington had 23 points on 7 of 11 shooting, 17 rebounds and was 9 of 11 from the free-throw line.

North beat Lancaster, 60-56, on Dec. 16.

"Right after that game, I told them to circle the date because they have to come to our place," said Lancaster coach Conrad Walters. "This gets us back into the upper part of the league, in a solid third place. We're taking care of business. Any league game is a good win."

Sterling Taplin had 23 points for North, including four three-pointers that kept his team in the game.

Blair Estarfaa poured in 31 points as Maryvale (7-1) moved into first place in ECIC III with 40-28 win over Amherst. The loss drops the Tigers into second place at 6-2. Center Andrew Luckey grabbed 15 rebounds and had seven blocks.

Estarfaa was coming off a career-high 42 points in the Flyers' last game, a 65-45 win over Niagara-Wheatfield Tuesday.

Clarence reached two milestones Friday in an 87-43 nonleague win over City Honors. Senior David Hill had 21 points to surpass 1,000. Hill joins Mike Neelon (1985) as the program's only two 1,000-point scorers. The win was also the 100th for Todd Banaszak, the Red Devils' coach the past 10 years. Tyler Funk led Clarence (7-6) with 22 points and 13 rebounds.

Elsewhere, Zach Hyman had 14 points and Mike Brass added 13 as Pioneer evened its record at 4-4 in ECIC III with a 59-53 win over Lake Shore. Gordon Lyons netted 20 points as Canisius rode a 29-point second quarter to a 74-51 win over Niagara Catholic in the Monsignor Martin Association. Ryan Whelpley had 19 points and 19 rebounds for Walsh in a 55-39 win over Nichols. Jake Hughes had 16 points and 12 rebounds for his 13th double-double of the season as Niagara-Wheatfield beat Lockport, 48-34, in the Niagara Frontier League. Joshua Haight had 25 points, including 12 straight in the third quarter, as Barker evened its overall record at 7-7 with a 52-36 win over Medina in the Niagara-Orleans League. Matt McCormick had 17 points as Orchard Park outscored Hamburg, 17-10, in the fourth quarter of a 42-37 win in ECIC I.

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