Unbeaten Macks in final
McKinley (8-0), ranked fourth in the last News Large Schools poll, is playing like it is destine for an even higher ranking.
Coach Zaire Dorsey’s Macks took the measure of Nichols, 76-41, in a first-round game of the McKinley’s own tournament.
Shaquan Jones had 20 points and Rayquan Goree had 14 for McKinley, but Dorsey’s team is far from a two-man operation.
“We’ve got solid contributions from a lot of players. If somebody gets in foul trouble we go with the next guy off the bench. We’re rotating a lot of guys right now.”
The McKinley depth quickly wore down the Vikings. The Macks led 48-22 at the half and 65-32 after three quarters.
The Macks’ win sets up an interesting final on Wednesday in the championship game against Cheektowaga (5-1) and its scoring star, Dominic Welch.
Welch, a 6-3 junior, scored 24 points in the Warriors’ 66-58 victory over MST Seneca and became Cheektowaga’s all-time career scoring leader with 1,281 points. Welch, who had 197 points on the season in six games (32.8 ppg) broke the career scoring record of 1,266 by Eric Binkowski (1996).
“I was able to see the first half of that game,” McKinley’s Dorsey said. “Welch was the difference in that game. We’re pretty familiar with him. He’s ne of the better talents in Western New York.
Alexander Bryant contributed 19 points to the Cheektowaga victory.
Tigers, Billies win on L.I.
Two Western New York boys basketball teams, Amherst and Williamsville South, ventured to Long Island and found success.
Led by tournament MVP TC Brown, Amherst defeated Center Moriches of Section XI, 65-49, to win the Anthony Parlato Memorial Tournament at East Islip.
Brown led the Tigers with 27 points, 6 assists, 7 rebounds, and 5 steals. Teammate Amadi Ikpeze also made all-tournament after he scored 13 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked five shots.
Williamsville South traveled to Mineola for the Haggerty Tournament at Chaminade High and edged Westbury, 53-51, on a three-point shot by Graham Dolan with 17 seconds to go.
“Graham made a nice dribble move to get an open three and buried it,” said South coach Gabe Michael.
Graham Dolan had 17 points for the Billies. His brother, Greg, added 13 and Myles Hall had 12.
South will face host Chaminade or Floral Park in the championship game Wednesday night.
Canisius in Jesuit final
Canisius (7-0), ranked first among large schools in Western New York, reached the championship game of the Father George National Jesuit Christmas Classic at Georgetown Prep (Md.) for the first time with a 67-59 victory over Strake Jesuit of Houston in a semifinal on Tuesday.
Stafford Truehart led the Crusaders with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Will Atkinson added 17 points and Madut Ayiy controlled the boards with 14 rebounds.
Canisius will face Georgetown Prep in the championship game at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Balys leads Mount Mercy
Olivia Balys’s 14 points led Mount Mercy over Niagara Falls, 40-20, in the Matt Colpoys Tournament at Kenmore West. Mount Mercy is the two-time defending champion and the tournament is named in memory of Balys’ uncle, a Buffalo firefighter who died in the line of duty.
This will be the final edition of the Colpoys Tournament or Show. It has been held for the last 30 years.
Mount Mercy will face Kenmore West tonight in the final Colpoys game.
It will be Sacred Heart versus Clarence in the championship game of the Art Dobson Tournament at Sacred Heart. The host Sharks advanced on Tuesday with a 67-24 triumph over Starpoint. Ella Rose Eckert scored 20 points for Clarence in a 43-34 triumph over Mount St. Mary.Tournament MVP Alexis Campbell of Buffalo Arts outscored McKinley all by herself, scoring 31 points in a 48-29 victory over the Macks in the championship game of the McKinley Tournament. Diamond Fonn of Arts also made all-tournament.
Lake Shore took the lead for the first time in the fourth quarter and went on to hand Franklinville its first loss of the season, 60-51, in the championship game of the Depew Tournament.
Tourney MVP Raeann White had 17 points for the Eagles while Noelani Cornfeld had 11 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Shayla Scanlan, playing only her second game for the No. 6 ranked large school, had 22 points.
Eighth-grader Danielle Haskell led Franklinville with 21 points.