Macks win own tourney
McKinley (8-1) turned up the defense in the second quarter, then went on the attack in the third in defeating East Aurora, 70-45, in the championship boys basketball game of the Macks’ own tournament.
“East Aurora played us real tough in the first half,” said Zaire Dorsey, coach of the fourth ranked Western New York large school. However, McKinley held the Blue Devils to just four points in the second quarter and took a 25-16 halftime lead.
“We denied the ball to their scorers Coatsworth and Thompson in the second quarter,” Dorsey said.
The Macks got into their transition game in the third, outscoring EA, 26-10. Tournament MVP Devin Morris scored 11 of his game-high 30 in the period.
The all-tournament team included Shaquan Jones and Juwan Toliver of McKinley, Mike Coatsworth and Noah Thompson of East Aurora and Dan Freilicher of Orchard Park.
North rolls to Five Guys title
Williamsville North rolled over rival Williamsville East, 77-55, for the championship of the Five Guys Holiday Tournament at Williamsville North.
“East made a run at us in the third quarter,” said North coach Chuck Swierski. “It was 46-40, but Dylan Lambert hit a big three to get it back up to nine points. Whenever they made runs, we seemed to answer them.”
Lambert led North with 20 points. Junior Maceo Jack of the Spartans was tournament MVP. He had 31 points and 13 rebounds in the two tournament victories.
East wins West Seneca title
West Seneca East pulled away in the fourth quarter and defeated Tonawanda, 74-59, in the championship game of the West Seneca Invitational. The Trojans were led by Ed Radka’s 22 points.
Tournament MVP Nick Parucki had 17 points to go along with the 37 he scored in the first-round victory over Health Sciences. Tristian Boling, who had 30 points and the winning basket in a Tonawanda’s first-round win over West Seneca West, had 29 more in Tuesday’s loss.
Bishop Timon-St. Jude got a 20-point performance from Derick Simpson and tournament MVP Quinton Lamar had 15 points in a 71-50 victory over Iroquois for the championship of the Clarence Tournament. William Lamar also had 15 points for the Tigers. Simpson and both Lamars made all-tournament.
Hamburg girls take OP title
After opening the season 0-2, Hamburg’s girls basketball team is on a winning path, defeating East Aurora, 51-46, in the championship game of the Orchard Park Tournament on Tuesday.
Junior guard Anna Chiacchia, the tournament MVP, led Hamburg with 24 points, including six three-point baskets. Ashley Kabza, who had 16, also made all-tournament.
“We’re starting to come together,” said Hamburg coach Kelly Owens.
Tournament MVP Jayda Wilson and Sarah Abraczek scored 11 points each to lead South Park over Emerson, 43-38, in the championship game of the South Park Tournament. Armani Jordan of South Park, Janae Brannon of Emerson and T’alia Huff of Global Concepts made all-tournament.
Mercy wins Colpoys Tournamnt
Undefeated No. 7 Mount Mercy (9-0) got off to a fast start and handed No. 6 Kenmore West its first loss, 48-33, in the championship game of the Matt Colpoys Tournament, which matched two teams ranked in the Buffalo News girls large school poll. It was the second time in the last three seasons Mercy has won the tournament.
Courtney Kaczor hit a pair of three-point shots in the opening quarter as she scored eight of her team’s 10 points. Kaczor finished with 11 points. Emily Gawlak led the Magic with 20 points and nine rebounds.
Frontier teams top bowling
Led by Nick DiFlavio, Frontier, the defending state public schools champion, won the boys title on Tuesday in the Festival of Lights Tournament, perhaps the final scholastic bowling event ever to be held at AMF Thruway Lanes in Cheektowaga. The 60-lane bowling facility will close soon.
DiFlavio took individual honors with a 1,406 total for six games. Griffin Garcia of Depew had the high series, 736, while Anthony Allen of V-Webster Thomas had a 299 high game.
Frontier edged Niagara Falls by three pins, 5,276 to 5,273 to win the girls team title. Luxsurie Sistrunk of Niagara Falls shot 1,224 to take individual honors. Kelly Normandin of Amherst shot a 652 high series and Marina McClure of Tonawanda had 257 high single.