East rallies past MEC
Maybe this is the win that will propel East on a run that will make the Panthers the usual handful come tip-off for the Section VI boys basketball tournament next month.
Two days after blowing a 17-1 lead in a loss to Burgard, Starling Bryant’s Panthers rallied for a 69-62 triumph over defending Yale Cup champion Middle Early College on Thursday.
Percy Bryant scored 14 of his game-high 26 points in the second half to lead East’s rally from a 41-28 deficit. Damone Brown Jr. added 11 of his 19 points during the final 16 minutes while Jovell Littlejohn took control of the paint. The Panthers trailed, 49-48, after their 20-8 third quarter.
After both teams exchanged the lead, East took it for good with roughly 90 seconds remaining on a steal and contested layup by Percy Bryant.
“He was spectacular today considering he was playing on a bad back,” Panthers coach Starling Bryant said of Percy, no relation. “He’s really gutting it out.
“We’re just trying to get better day by day.”
Littlejohn had 12 rebounds (10 defensive) to go with 10 points and two blocked shots for the Panthers (7-6, 5-3). The win was Starling Bryant’s 301st, which pulls him within two of the Yale Cup record held by Bryant’s high school coach, Larry Veronica.
Joseph Staton led the Kats (9-3, 5-1) with 22 points.
Nichols too fast for CCA
Nichols moved the ball fast during its possessions and that proved to be too much for host Christian Central, as the Vikings earned a 66-46 win in Monsignor Martin Association girls basketball.
Six-footer Lindsay Hogan poured in a game-high 25 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and made four steals for Nichols, while sophomore Ava Bueme scored 12 of her 14 points in transition, made three steals and grabbed five rebounds.
Her older sister, senior Sydney, finished with 12 points, while Kellie Zugger finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and four steals for Nichols (6-5, 2-0).
W. Seneca East rolls to win
West Seneca East received goals from seven different players as it trounced Kenmore West, 7-1, in a boys Varsity Hockey Federation contest at the Hyde Park Ice Pavilion in Niagara Falls.
Alex Morlock led the Trojans (8-1) with a goal and three assists, while Brian Wasilewski had a goal and two assists. WSE plays Kenmore East on Saturday in a battle of contenders.
South, Starpoint triumph
Sam Castronova scored a career-high 34 points to lead Williamsville South to an 85-55 win at Hamburg in ECIC II boys basketball.
Castronova also had eight rebounds and three assists, while freshman point guard Greg Dolan contributed with 22 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and five steals for the Billies (12-1, 8-0).
Starpoint rebounded from Tuesday’s loss to Will South by beating West Seneca East, 56-42, behind double-doubles by three players.
Brock Kroening and Ben Walters each had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Spartans, while Christian Nodine added 11 points and 10 boards.
Milestone night in WNY
• Olean defeated Dunkirk, 60-52, as the victory enabled boys basketball coach Jeff Anastasia to earn his 500th career win.
• Bill Brooks became the fifth Silver Creek player to join the 1,000-point club as he now has 1,010 as the Black Knights beat Westfield, 63-48.
• Noah Fox set a school and ECIC record with 287 points during Alden’s 1111-999 rifle win over Kenmore.