Iroquois wins an OT thriller
Trailing 20-0 on the road, it didn't look good for Iroquois.
The Chiefs spent the rest of the game working their way back and eventually rallied to beat Hamburg, 79-76, in overtime in an ECIC II game played Wednesday.
"It was the most exciting basketball game I have ever been a part of," said Iroquois coach Sean Lauber. "Once we got our first basket [6:11 into the first quarter], from that point forward, we played basketball. The Iroquois boys never gave up."
Iroquois tied the game with 1:05 left in the fourth quarter. The teams traded baskets and Iroquois missed a last-second shot. In the OT, with three starters on the bench fouled out, Matt Zimmerman delivered scoring all five of his points.
Blake Fisher had 20 points, including five three-pointers for the Chiefs (2-0). Nick Benningfield kept Hamburg in the game throughout finishing with 27 points.
Jamestown broke open a close game with a 16-8 third quarter on the way to a 55-41 win over host Orchard Park in ECIC I. Adam Cecchini had 16 points and Tommy Campion added 15 for the Red Raiders (4-0), ranked No. 4 among large schools.
Cooper DeJan netted 17 points and Julius Allen added 14 as Oracle Charter handed City Honors a season-opening 59-50 loss. Oracle held the Centaurs to six points in the second quarter on the way to its fourth win in six starts.
Matthew Taylor had 18 points as Frontier connected for eight three-pointers in a 59-44 win over Lancaster. Alex Warren grabbed 10 rebounds for the Falcons. Daniel Emma led the Redskins with 13 points.
Stan Wier had 23 points and 10 rebounds in East Aurora's 66-32 win over Springville. Chris Bourne finished with 12 rebounds.
Sterling Taplin had 13 points to lead Williamsville North's 58-43 win over Sweet Home in ECIC I. Brett Butler added 12 points for the Spartans (2-1).
Jordan Parker had 25 points while Miles Barker and Daryl Spencer added 14 each in Cleveland Hill's 66-54, win over Lackawanna in ECIC IV.
Connor Keenan Connor had 23 points and Isaiah Kaudeyr added a career-high 20 as Williamsville East beat West Seneca East, 82-52. The Flames jumped out to a 24-10 lead after the first quarter.
No. 1 Holy Angels goes to 6-0
Jontay Walton had 10 steals to go with 22 points and five assists as No. 1 ranked large school Holy Angels built a 22-point lead in the fourth quarter on its way to a 64-56 win over St. Mary's in girls basketball. The Lancers are two-time defending Class B Catholic state champions.
The undefeated Angels (6-0) saw Ari Alizadeh grab 14 rebounds for the second consecutive game. Awilda Murphy finished with 12 points and seven assists. Sarah Martino's 15 points included three three-pointers, and she had eight rebounds. Caira Rosten led the Lancers with 21 points.
West Seneca girls skate to 6-0
The West Seneca girls ice hockey team takes a 6-0 record into the holiday break following Wednesday's 10-4 win over Amherst/Sweet Home. Senior forward Erin Gehen and sophomore defenseman Nikki Kirchberger had three goals each in the Federation game played at West Seneca Town Ice. Gehen is a tremendous skater while Kirchberger has a hard shot and blazing speed. Both players are among the league scoring leaders this season.
West Seneca has beaten Williamsville and Lancaster twice and Frontier/Orchard Park once. The team will face its toughest test of the season on Jan. 5 when it hosts the Monsignor Martin Association at 4 p.m.
Olmsted swims to narrow victory
Tied after 19 events, the Olmsted co-ed swimming team delivered with the deciding points in the final event to beat Buffalo Arts, 83-82, in a Syracuse Cup meet at the Build Academy pool.
Olmsted's boys won 400 freestyle relay while its girls took second and third to notch the deciding points. Junior David Torgerson won the 100 butterfly, 160 individual medley and was on two winning two relays as Olmsted improved to 4-2.
Tim Stachowiak won the breaststroke and took second in the fly, swimming it for the first time in his career. Olmsted's girls took 1-2 in the backstroke thanks to Lyndsay Licata and Carlie Mogavero. Eighth grader Anna Rodriguez won four races for Buffalo Arts.
City Honors cruised to 4-0 following a 144-19 win over visiting I-Prep Grover Cleveland in the Syracuse Cup. Senior captain Anthony Solomon won two individual events and was on two winning relays. The Lady Centaurs won won all 10 events led by double winners Sara Rosenblatt and Alize Allen. Junior Tara Murphy won the 100 freestyle.
The City Honors pool will also host the showdown against Hutch-Tech on Jan. 19 and the All-High meet on Feb. 2.