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High School Extra (Dec. 30): No. 5 for Cleve Hill

No. 5 for Cleve Hill

Cleveland Hill keeps getting invited back to the Maryvale Coaches vs. Cancer boys basketball tournament and the Golden Eagles keep walking off with the championship. Coach Jason Przybysz’s team won the title for the fifth year in a row Monday night, defeating Salamanca, 53-42, in the final.

“We’re only too happy to make the short ride over here every year,” Przybysz said after his team rallied from a 28-23 halftime deficit to win its sixth against two losses.

“In the second half we picked up our intensity a little bit and were able to get out in transition.” Przybysz added.

Salamanca led, 36-33, entering the final period, but Cleve Hill rallied behind Ramah Lassiter, who scored seven of his 11 points in the final period.

Salamanca was hampered by the absence of Jared Fish because of an injury suffered in the previous game and suffered its first loss in eight games.

Boling’s shot wins

Tristian Boling scored 30 points, including the game-winning basket with 20 seconds to play, giving Tonawanda, a 47-45 victory over West Seneca West in the opening round of the West Seneca Invitational at West Seneca East.

After leading, 27-19, at halftime Tonawanda (5-2) had to rally from six points down in the final two minutes.

“We were up by nine points when we forced some turnovers with our pressure, but they had a nice run in the second half,” said Tonawanda coach Hank Hughes.

Besides his scoring Boling, a 6-foot-2 senior, had nine rebounds. Evan Koehler had 15 points and Frank Borzilierri 14 to lead West Seneca West.

No. 7 Mercy tops No. 3 North

Mount Mercy (8-0), the defending state Catholic Class C champion and ranked No. 7 among large schools in girls basketball, defeated No. 3 ranked Williamsville North, 48-45, on Courtney Kaczor’s three-point basket in overtime. It was a first-round game of the 29th annual Matt Colpoys Memorial Tournament at Kenmore West.

The Magic overcame a 10-0 deficit to tie the game at 12 after the opening quarter.

“We did it with tenacious defense and team ball,” said Mercy coach John Glose. “We got contributions from everybody. I’m really proud of the girls. They really battled all the way.”

Recently, the tournament has special meeting for Mount Mercy as one of its players, junior Olivia Balys, is a grandniece of Matt Colpoys, a Buffalo firefighter in died in the line of duty in 1983.

Kaczor’s three-pointer was the only scoring in the overtime. Emily Sheehan led Mercy’s scoring with 13 points. Erica Taplin had 15 for North.

Mercy will face No. 6 Kenmore West for the championship at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The tournament is sponsored by the WNY Board of Officials for Women’s Sports.