Lancaster moves to 7-0
With better execution in the second half, Lancaster was able to take control and hold off a late charge from Tapestry for a 64-60 win in the opening round of the St. Francis boys basketball tournament.
“Everyone struggled to make shots in the first half. It looked like both teams were still on Christmas break,” Lancaster coach John Otto said. “In the second half we made more shots. We took care of the ball better, reduced our turnovers and went stronger to the basket. In the first half we were pulling up short and throwing floaters up and they weren’t going in. We got to the line more in the second half.”
Collin Murray went 6 of 8 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter en route to 12 points. Vito Fulciniti had nine of his 11 points in the fourth quarter. Alex Konst had 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Legends, who improved to 7-0.
JaQuoine scored a game-high 26 for Tapestry (5-1), including 13 in the fourth quarter.
Tapestry went on a 6-0 run to close out the game.
Lancaster will meet host St. Francis in the championship game at 7:30 on Monday.
Bo Sireika scored 20 of his game-high 22 points in the first half as St. Francis defeated Hutch-Tech, 73-44. Sireika hit four three-pointers for St. Francis (4-3) while Roburt Welch had 16 points with 13 rebounds.
Tapestry and Hutch-Tech meet in the consolation at 6 p.m.
GI, Niagara Falls win
Parker Morrow scored twice to help Grand Island to a 4-1 win over North Tonawanda at the Cataract Holiday Boys Hockey Classic. Austin Blair added a goal and an assist.
Niagara Falls advanced to the final with a 6-4 win over Lew-Port. The Wolverines had five different goal scorers with Nick Lepine scoring twice. Tied at 3-3, Lepine broke the deadlock to give Niagara Falls the lead. Anthony Coty made it 5-3 and Lepine added a power-play goal to extend the lead to 6-3.
Niagara Falls and Grand Island meet at 5 p.m. Sunday for the championship.