Keenan sparks Flames win
Connor Keenan's 28 points and a career-high 24 from Michael Kyarunts helped make the difference in Williamsville East's 79-71 win over Fredonia in the first round of the 17th Clarence Boys Basketball Tournament.
"Connor has been consistently our best player, and many times he's the best player on the floor," said Flames coach Ryan Trzybinski. "He had 11 points in the first quarter and that kind of got us going. He can score in all different ways. He's got a good pull-up game, can shoot the three and post up. He's made himself into that type of player."
The Flames (5-2) will play for the title tonight at 6:30 against defending champion Clarence (5-0), a 67-51 winner over Niagara-Wheatfield. Ryan Funk had 10 of his 22 points in the decisive third quarter for the Red Devils and Bobby Florio added 16 points.
Six-foot-six center Quinton Campbell had 26 points on 12-of-15 shooting with 14 rebounds and four blocks to lift Kenmore West to a 69-54 win over Sweet Home in the first round of the Ken-Ton Tournament. Martin Bailey had seven steals, many of them coming in the third quarter, in which the Blue Devils outscored the Panthers, 24-8. Kenmore West was down by three points at the half. The Blue Devils went to a full-court trap to start the third quarter, which helped them put together a 10-0 run and break the game open.
Jake Spencer knocked down two free throws with 8 seconds left as Tonawanda edged East Aurora, 49-48, in the West Seneca West Tournament. Jesse Lalka had 24 points, including two late free throws. Stan Wier had 22 points for the Blue Devils. The Warriors (7-0) face the winner of West Seneca East and West Seneca West for the title tonight at 7:30.
Jordan Williams had 23 points and Ryan Dougherty grabbed 10 rebounds as Bishop Timon-St. Jude advanced in the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament following a 58-47 win over Horseheads. The Tigers (7-2) play either Elmira or Corning in the semifinals tonight at 8.
Depew connected for all seven of its three-pointers in the first quarter of a 71-57 win over rival Lancaster in the first round of the Depew Tournament. The Wildcats jumped out to a 26-14 lead in the first quarter and built a 47-24 lead by halftime. Jaden Cotton had 15 points and nine rebounds; Aaron Ertel added 14 points and Jon Gemerek fashioned 13.
Twelve different players scored as St. Mary's advanced in the Wildcat Tournament with a 72-48 win over City Honors. Erik Simmons led the way with 12 points. The Lancers (8-2) play for the title on Thursday at 7:30 against Depew.
Sacred Heart beats Lockport
It was going to be a tall order to beat Lockport, but that didn't stop the Sacred Heart girls basketball team from securing a 57-54 overtime win.
Four players were in double figures for the Sharks, led by LaTrice Hall and Hannah Rehbaum with 14 points each. Lockport got 42 of its points from post players Marisa Guyton with 28 and Emma Sobieraski.
Both teams are defensive-minded, but it was Sacred Heart that got its share of loose balls, boxed out consistently and proved to be the more persistent. Both teams are ranked among the top 10 large schools in WNY with Sacred Heart at No. 6 and Lockport at No. 7.