Bright idea boosts Park
You never know where a good suggestion might come from. Ask Park School coach Mike Battaglia.
The Pioneers were in a tough battle with St. Mary’s of Lancaster on Friday night, trailing at the half. Then came a good idea.
“Noah Hutchins said in the huddle, ‘Why don’t we go to a spread offense?’ ” Battaglia said. “At first I said, ‘Huh?’, but then said, ‘Sounds good to me.’ ”
The co-No. 1 large school in The Buffalo News poll rolled up 48 points in the second half in a 75-63 win. Kyle Harris led the way with 24 points, while Hutchins, the freshman point guard, added 19 points. Takal Molson led the Lancers with 24 points.
The night’s best game probably was between Bishop Timon-St. Jude and St. Francis. The teams were tied at the end of regulation and after an overtime period, but the Tigers turned their level of play up in the second overtime with a 16-1 burst. Timon, ranked 10th among large schools, went on to a 71-56 win. Quinton Lamar led the Tigers with 24 points.
Meanwhile, TC Brown of Amherst continues to play like one of the best players in Western New York. The guard ran up 24 points in a 69-28 win over Pioneer. Brown also had five steals and five rebounds. Nathan Waldu chipped in with 18 points.
Amherst moved to 10-1 overall, and 5-0 in ECIC III. The Tigers are ranked No. 3 among large schools.
No. 5 large school Williamsville South held Hamburg to four points in the first quarter, and that proved decisive in a 56-42 win over the Bulldogs. Greg Dolan had 22 points for the Billies, while Graham Dolan added 10. Ryan Dils led Hamburg with 15 points.
Kenmore West won a good-sized Niagara Frontier League battle, defeating No. 7 large school Lockport, 68-49. The Blue Devils only had five players score points, but it worked out well. Aaron Tucker led the way with 20 points, Terrell Ford had 16 points, Tal James had 15, and Tyler Acquilina scored 14. Andrew Austin and Kyle Brown led the Lions with 13 points each.
Christian Nodine had 24 points and 12 rebounds for Starpoint in a 60-52 win over West Seneca East. Brock Kroening chipped in with 17 points. The Spartans, who are now 7-3, are ranked ninth among large schools.
No. 7 small school Tapestry had a major scare but hung on to defeat Randolph, 54-53, in the United Way Tournament. JaQuoine Fogan led Tapestry with 16 points, while Paitwan Jenifer had 13 and sophomore Roderick Arrington added 11. Mason Bosley of Randolph had 23 points.
Points were a bit scarce when Lancaster beat Clarence, 48-39, in ECIC 1. Joe Powers had 13 points for the Legends; he was the only Lancaster player in double figures. Adam Southern led the Red Devils with 19 points.
In ECIC IV, Alden improved to 7-5 overall with a 57-40 win over Tonawanda. The Bulldogs jumped out in front, 20-4, after the first period and had few worries after that. Conrad Boucher had 12 points for Alden, which saw nine players in the scoring column in the win. Cody Diaz of the Warriors had 15 points.
Roach hits 1,000 mark
Brandon Roach became the first Olmsted player in history to reach 1,000 points as he led his team to a 62-36 win over Emerson. Roach hit five three-pointers as he ran his career total to 1,009. He added 10 rebounds and seven assists. Kaelan Clouser was the only other player in double figures with 12.
In another Yale Cup game, Buffalo Arts used a big third quarter to down Lafayette, 59-50. Demetrius Brown led Arts with 16 points.
Davon Gant led the way for I-Prep/Grover in a 70-29 win over da Vinci. Gant finished with 31 points, 12 rebounds and five steals. Meanwhile, William Turner added 13 points and 11 assists, while J’Zon Richardson pulled down 14 rebounds.
O’Hara keeps winning
In girls basketball, Cardinal O’Hara has been rolling over the competition this year, and Friday was no exception. The Hawks, ranked No. 1 among large schools in The Buffalo News poll, was too much for Mount St. Mary in a 78-52 win.
Anndea Zeigler led the undefeated squad with 19 points, while Summer Hemphill added 18 points. Ten players scored during the course of the game for Cardinal O’Hara. Meighan Murphy led Mount St. Mary with 14 points, and Rayven Johnson had 13.
Also in the Msgr. Martin Association, Erika Cromwell had 12 points, five assists and four steals to lead Nichols to a 43-31 win over Nardin. The Gators were led by Lindsay Karas, who had 11 points.
Olean, the No. 1 small school in girls basketball, had a good-sized scare. The Huskies trailed Fredonia, 30-24, at halftime.
But Olean went to work after that. Sara Pfeiffer, a ninth-grader, had 24 points to lead the Huskies to a 64-59 win over the Hillbillies. Olean improved to 10-0.
Bridgid Taylor had her best game as a varsity player by scoring 18 points. For Fredonia, Hannah Cybart scored 15 points.
Grand Island’s defense turned stingy in the second half of a 45-29 win over Niagara-Wheatfield. The Vikings only allowed 10 points in the second half in moving to 10-1 on the season.
Dakaylah Winfield was almost a one-woman show for Grand Island. She had 25 points, 12 rebounds and seven steals on the night.
Elsewhere in the Niagara Frontier League, Kenmore East moved to 7-2 on the season with a 42-29 win over North Tonawanda. Kendall Miles led the way with 16 points.
St. Joe’s rallies to win
St. Joe’s had its hands full with a pesky Orchard Park team during their hockey game. The Quakers clung to a one-goal lead for most of the third period, but the Marauders finally figured out a way to score the tying goal. Then St. Joe’s got the winner in overtime to take a 2-1 decision.
“The shots in the third period were 20-1 for us,” winning coach Rich Crozier said. “That was after we were outshot, 20-16, in the first two periods. It really felt like two different games. In the first two periods we were average, and in the third period we did enough to win.”
Michael Greco had the game-tying goal with two minutes left in regulation. Then Trevor Conschafter had the winner two minutes into overtime.
Elsewhere, Kenmore East knocked off Section V’s Pittsford, 3-2. Adam Smith scored the game-winning goal.