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High School Extra (Jan. 29): Park thwarts St. Joe’s comeback bid

Park thwarts St. Joe’s comeback bid

News No. 1 Small School Park defeated host St. Joe’s, 77-67, in Monsignor Martin Association boys basketball Wednesday night.

Jordan Nwora led the Pioneers (12-1, 5-0) with 24 points, including four three-pointers, while Derek Cheatom and Randy Golda each added 16 in the win.

St. Joe’s pulled with seven with four minutes left after being down 18 at halftime but couldn’t get closer.

“Nwora hit a couple threes that kind of stopped our comeback,” Marauders coach Mark Simon said. “It was a great game. Great atmosphere.”

Grant Beyer had 19 points for St. Joe’s (7-10, 4-3). The Marauders face No. 1 Large School Canisius at 1 p.m. Saturday at Canisius College’s Koessler Center. That will conclude a tripleheader of rivalry games between the schools at KAC as the freshmen teams play each other at 10 a.m. and the junior varsity teams go at 11:30. Tickets for the three games cost $7 and can be purchased at the athletic office at either school or at the Koessler Center on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Tapestry improved to 9-2 with a 61-55 win over Grand Island as JaQuoine Fogan led the winners with 17 points and Andrew Bragg had 14. Mark Montes had four of GI’s seven three-pointers, finishing with 14 points.

Joe Braniecki scored a career-high 37 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and had five blocks to lead JFK to a 77-71 win over West Seneca West.

Kyle Davis’ 37 points carried da Vinci to a 70-64 win at Buffalo Arts.

Flames sink W.S. East in girls hoops

Erica Martinsen sank three of her five three-pointers during Williamsville East’s 25-8 first quarter, while Erin Jozwiak had eight of her 12 points during that opening eight-minute burst as the Flames routed guest West Seneca East, 71-27, in ECIC II girls basketball.

Martinsen finished with 23 points to go with five steals for Williamsville East (8-4, 6-3). Carly Shifflet had nine points and nine rebounds, while Alex Sommer had nine boards to go with six points.

Girls hockey playoffs set to begin

The Section VI postseason gets underway for the public schools in the girls hockey Federation on Thursday at Northtown Center.

Sixth-seed West Seneca/Hamburg face No. 3 Frontier/Orchard Park at 4 p.m. The 6 p.m. tilt features No. 5 Amherst/Sweet Home against fourth-seed Iroquois/Lancaster. The winners will advance to Monday’s semifinals where Nos. 1 and 2 seeds Kenmore and Williamsville await. The final is next Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Northtown Center. Kenmore is the defending champion.

The tournament winner represents Section VI in the state tournament next weekend at HarborCenter.