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Area teams divide twin bills

Both boys and girls teams from Buffalo split their games on Saturday as part of the Basketball Coaches Association of New York Hoops Festival in Johnson City.

On the girls side, Kallie Banker (Grand Island) scored 16 points in Buffalo's 58-41 win over Mid-Hudson. Banker scored 13 and Cassie Oursler (Grand Island) 12 in Buffalo's 70-55 loss to Hudson Valley.

Buffalo will play Rochester at noon in the third place game today.

Adam Weir (Canisius) netted 16 points while Reggie Agbeko (St. Joe's) scored 15 with 19 rebounds as Buffalo defeated Mid-Hudson, 93-85.

In a 97-69 loss to Hudson Valley, Buffalo lost Agbeko with a sprained ankle in the second half. Before leaving the game, he tossed in 21 points. Weir added 17.

Buffalo will play Rochester at 10:30 a.m. Sunday for fifth place.

The BCANY Festival was created to fill the void left by the cancellation of the Empire State Games.


Brennan has his biggest day

Hambletonian Day belonged to driver George Brennan and a couple of trotters who provided a few surprises on the biggest day in harness racing.

Brennan guided Broad Bahn to a pace-setting 3 1/4 -length victory in the $1.5 million Hambletonian for colts and geldings in East Rutherford, N.J. His trip to the winner's circle Saturday came a little more than a half hour after the driver piloted long-shot Bold and Fresh to an upset in the $750,000 Hambletonian Oaks for fillies.

Brennan is the second driver to win the Oaks and Hambletonian on the same day. Brian Sears did it two years ago with Broadway Schooner in the Oaks and Muscle Hill in the Hambletonian.

From News Staff and wire service reports