> Falls rolls in NFL showdown
All five starters for Niagara Falls scored in double figures Tuesday night as the Wolverines turned an early showdown of top 10 large schools in the Niagara Fronter League into a major rout in boys basketball.
Niagara Falls, ranked second in The News large school poll, ran away with the game at Kenmore West in the middle quarters to beat the No. 8 Blue Devils, 82-57.
Senior Taijay Williams had three three-pointers among his 18 points for the Wolverines, who outscored Kenmore West, 45-27, over the second and third quarters. Falls got all-around contributions from juniors Ramir Burton (16 points), Jermaine Crumpton (14), Jaleo Wilkins (11) and Tikere Ralands (10).
Wilkins was lauded by coach Sal Constantino for having a big impact on both sides of the ball.
"He played the best game as a point guard since I've been coaching," Constantino said. "Defensively he does what he always does, and offensively he made great decisions with the ball. And Ramir stepping up, we've talked to him about having a bigger role. He doesn't know how good he can be."
> Iroquois girls post big win
Iroquois, off to its best start (5-0) in 12 years, fought off Hamburg for a 48-38 victory over the defending ECIC II girls basketball champions.
Iroquois built a 31-16 halftime lead but saw the visiting Bulldogs close the deficit to two in the fourth quarter before nailing down the victory with 7-for-10 foul shooting by K.C. Sokolski and Colleen Wirth.
Sokolski had 10 points, 17 rebounds, three blocks and took two charges. Wirth, a freshman, led the scoring with 14.
Alexis Smith of Hamburg led all scorers in the game with 16.
After a slow start, Kenmore East picked up steam as it went along and scored a solid 42-28 victory over visiting North Tonawanda in the Niagara Frontier League. Ashley Kirbis (13 points, six steals), Jordan Quatrini (eight boards) and Gabe Boldinski (six points, seven assists) led a balanced attack as the Bulldogs evened their NFL record at 1-1. It was the league opener for NT.
Senior guard Candis Kapuscinski had a season-high 31 points on 13 of 20 from the floor and added eight assists as Holland beat JFK, 75-50, in ECIC IV.
> North swimmers win close one
In boys swimming, Williamsville North beat rival Williamsville East in an ECIC I meet that was decided by one-hundredth of a second (.01) in the final relay. The Spartans' 4x400 freestyle relay of Will Baker, Sam Zwierzchowski, Matt Berris and Connor Mergler finished in 3:24.04 to touch out East by .01 seconds to win, 93-92. North improved to 5-0.
North's Cameron McDonald won the 50 and 100. East junior Marc Ruszaj went 4:55.07 in the 500 free to break the school record of 4:57.96 held since 1998 by Chris Miller. He also won the IM.