Jamestown wins division
On a day in which Zack Panebianco failed to break double-digits, Jamestown still wasn’t denied as the Red Raiders won their fourth ECIC I boys basketball division title in five years by beating host Williamsville North, 49-46, on Thursday night.
North’s defense held the returning First Team All-Western New York selection to a season-low nine points, but classmates Stephen Carlson and Zacc Kinsey had his back. Carlson scored a team-high 16 points and grabbed 13 boards, while Kinsey had a fine all-around game with 11 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
The Red Raiders (16-3, 12-0) will be the top seed in the Section VI Class AA Tournament once the bracket is unveiled Saturday.
“It was a really good team win for us,” Jamestown coach Ben Drake said. “We played excellent defense. North is a good team. They played good defense on Panebianco. They were all over him the whole game. For him to have a season low, his first single-digit game and for us to come out with the win says a lot about our team. For that reason it was especially a good win for us.”
Maceo Jack of Williamsville North led all scorers with 17 points. The closest North got in the fourth was the final margin.
South wins, claims ECIC II
Williamsville South bounced back from Wednesday’s loss at home to Starpoint to beat visiting Lake Shore, 78-32, and secure the ECIC II title. The Billies shared the division title with Iroquois last year.
They made sure they didn’t share it with Starpoint as they bolted to a 23-8 first quarter en route to a 46-13 halftime lead.
On the team’s senior night, Sam Castronova led South with a game-high 25 points, grabbed nine rebounds and made four steals. Greg Dolan added 11 points, five steals and four assists and David Isselbaecher scored all 12 of his points on three-pointers.
Wilson teams sweep N-O
Wilson’s worst to first regular season is in the books as the Lakemen closed the regular season by winning on senior night, 52-33, over nearby Niagara-Orleans League rival Newfane in boys basketball.
Six seniors who helped the program go from 1-18 two years ago to 16-3 this season were honored before the game. Three of them played key roles in making sure Wilson entered the postseason with momentum as Adam Murray scored eight of his nine points during the Lakemen’s 19-7 third quarter which enabled them to build on a two-point halftime lead. Classmate Kyle Bradley had 16 points, while Evan Shank added 14 for N-O champion Wilson (16-3, 13-1).
“Playing as a group, this team has been outstanding,” coach Brett Sippel said of Wilson’s turnaround.
Wilson’s girls secured their sixth straight Niagara-Orleans League title and won their 44th straight league game in claiming a 51-45 win at Newfane. Wilson finished 14-0 in the league and 17-2 overall, while Newfane went 12-2 in league, 15-4 overall. Serina Jaeger had 16 rebounds to go with eight points, Jodie Vincent had 12 rebounds, six blocks and six points and Rachel Senek had 14 points for the Lakewomen.
Emily Sheehan finished a rebound shy of a triple-double as she had 18 points and 12 assists to lead Mount Mercy past Tapestry, 60-52.
St. Mary’s stuns St. Joe’s
St. Joe’s four-game winning streak came to an end at St. Mary’s of Lancaster, 68-64. The loss means the Marauders will have to participate in the Manhattan Cup play-in game against No. 5 seed St. Francis.
Sean Wilson and Takal Molson led St. Mary’s with 18 and 14 points, respectively. Grant Beyer had 17 points to lead St. Joe’s.
Hamburg, Will South advance
Tosh Johnson had a goal and two assists to back a 22-save effort by Zach Sortisio as fifth-seeded Hamburg advanced to the Section VI Division II boys hockey quarterfinals with a 7-0 win over Kenmore West. The Bulldogs bring a seven-game winning streak into Sunday’s clash against fourth-seeded North Tonawanda.
In another playoff game, 10th-seeded Williamsville South blanked No. 7 Lewiston-Porter, 7-0, as Matt Laudico had two goals and an assist and goalie Cam Carney made 20 saves for the shutout.