News No. 1 large school Canisius has proven it can beat teams via blowout, and that it can make like Houdini if necessary.
After last week’s thrilling comeback win over McKinley, the Crusaders proved escape artists once again by beating visiting Bishop Timon-St. Jude, 55-47, in Monsignor Martin Association boys basketball Saturday.
The Tigers led by three in the fourth quarter when Canisius got some stops on defense and regained the lead for good on LaTerrance Reed’s three-pointer with two minutes left. Josh Huffman followed with another trey for Canisius, which finished with just three baskets from beyond the arc but sank two of them with the game on the line.
Timon kept it close by using a couple of zone defenses and a soft man-to-man during the showdown.
Reed and Stafford Trueheart (eight rebounds) each finished with 11 points for Canisius (11-3, 5-0), while Claudius Modi had 12 points for the Tigers (7-8, 3-3).
Elsewhere, St. Mary’s rebounded from Friday night’s loss at News No. 1 small school Park by beating visiting ECIC I large school Clarence, 59-47. Takal Molson scored 15 points, while Sean Wilson added 13 for the second-ranked Lancers, who used a 23-10 third quarter to seize control of the game.
West Seneca East had a chance to gain ground on first-place Williamsville East, but fellow Federation boys hockey Division II contender Kenmore East made sure that didn’t happen.
Cullen Smyth handled the scoring and Brad Hermann stopped every shot he faced as the Bulldogs blanked East, 2-0, at Amherst Northtown Center. Smyth scored what proved to be the game-winner with 5:29 left in the second period. He added an insurance marker with 89 seconds left with the teams still skating five on five. Kenmore East outshot the Trojans, 19-16. West Seneca East (8-2) trails division leader Williamsville East by one point. Third-place Kenmore East (7-3-1, 6-1-2) has 14 points. A.J. Marinelli and Justin Watson each had two assists for the Bulldogs.
In another Division II contest, Zak Klinko’s hat trick carried West Seneca West (6-5-1, 4-5-1) to a 4-3 win over Williamsville South.
In other games involving Federation teams, Zach Biasallo scored twice, while Cole Schiffman had three assists to lead Orchard Park over Clarence, 4-3, in a Division I large school clash.
Canisius (10-5-1) crushed Section V’s Aquinas, 7-2. Kevin Bennett scored twice.
Indoor track and field
West Seneca West’s Jacob Bartz finished tied for second in the pole vault at the New Balance Games in New York City. He recorded a clearance of 12 feet, 6 inches.
While he was the highest placer for WSW, some of his teammates broke school records at the event. Robert Frazer took 20th in the 300-meter dash but did so in a school-record 36.76. The Indians’ 4x400 relay team of Frazer, Peter Borzillieri, Parker Welling and Jonathon Gorman finished the race in a school-mark 3:34.73. The team’s final place wasn’t available.
Randolph improved to 14-0 as the Cardinals beat visiting Silver Creek, 95-38, in CCAA East I. Mckenna Maycock finished with a game-high 32 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and had five assists and five steals.