Canisius gets a scare
Both No. 1 teams in The News Large-School Boys Basketball Poll were in action Tuesday night. Canisius survived a scare in South Buffalo while Park School turned in another impressive victory.
Canisius (8-1, 2-0 Monsignor Martin) overcame a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit and edged Bishop Timon-St. Jude, 68-67, on a baseline jumper by Madut Ayiy with 8 seconds left in the game.
Trailing 62-50 entering the final period, the No. 1-ranked Crusaders had to dig deep to overcome the host Tigers.
“Timon did a great job the first three quarters and took us out of our game,” said Canisius coach Kyle Husband. “In the fourth, the roles got reversed. Our guys did a great job battling back one possession at a time. Stafford Trueheart knocked down a couple of big free throws and so did Colby Moultrie, and Ayiy’s shot was huge.”
Senior Quinton Lamar of Timon was high scorer in the game with 28 points. Davion Warren had 12 and Tyler Ringwood 11 for the Tigers.
Ayiy led a balanced Canisius output with 13 points. Will Atkinson had 12 points while Moultrie had 11 and Trueheart 10.
It was the first game for Canisius since losing in the final of the Father George National Jesuit Holiday Tournament in Washington, D.C., last week. It was the Monsignor Martin league opener for Timon.
Nwora leads Park win
Meanwhile, Park School (8-0, 1-0 Monsignor Martin) showed its talent with an 83-63 victory over visiting St. Joe’s.
Senior Jordan Nwora led the Pioneers with a career-high 38 points and 12 rebounds following 34- and 35-point games his previous two outings. Guard Kyle Harris had 23 points, including six three-pointers. Also, Harris had five rebounds, three steals and three assists.
“Kyle played a well-rounded game. He played good defense,” Park coach Michael Battaglia said.
Another standout for the Pioneers was freshman point guard Noah Hutchins who had six assists and no turnovers.
Wilson streak goes on
Last time Wilson lost a Niagara-Orleans League girls basketball game was to Albion (47-36) on Feb. 10, 2012. Since then, coach Brian Baker’s Lakewomen have won 48 straight in league play.
Wilson (7-1, 4-0 Niagara-Orleans), extended its winning streak Tuesday night with a 59-35 triumph over visiting Medina. The Lakewomen have won the last three league titles with perfect 14-0 records after winning their final two league games of 2011-12.
Serina Jaeger led the scoring for the Lakewomen with 14 points. Kayla Neumann had 13, including three three-points shots. Jaeger had eight rebounds and seven steals while Neumann had seven of Wilson’s 33 team steals.
Emerson star nets 37
Janae Brannon of Emerson passed the 1,000-point career mark over the Christmas break. Tuesday night, the senior honor student recorded her fifth triple-double in a row with 37 points, 14 rebounds, 11 assists and three steals in a 70-47 victory over South Park in a Canisius Cup league opener for Buffalo Public Schools girls basketball teams. Brannon has 1,054 career points and is on pace top become the leading scorer in Emerson history.
GI, Depew get league wins
Grand Island outscored Kenmore East, 20-6, in the fourth quarter and handed the Bulldogs their first Niagara Frontier League girls basketball loss of the season, 50-40. Dakaylah Winfield led the Vikings with 13 points and 10 rebounds while Kali Hausrath had 12 points and 10 boards.
The attention Kenmore East devoted to Winfield created openings for other Grand Island players during the fourth-quarter rally.
Depew threw the ECIC III girls basketball race into a virtual three-way tie by upsetting East Aurora, 36-32. Each team has one league loss as does Amherst.
Coach Charles Guay’s Wildcats won it with a 13-4 fourth-quarter advantage.
“We shut ‘em down with relentless man-to-man defense,” Guay said. “We just were all over them. They had several turnovers.” Depew limited East Aurora center Emma Brinker to eight points.
“We switched off on her with our two bigs, Brittany Bobeck and Tess Borgosz,” Guay said.