Big finish for Kenmore West
Playing at home, Kenmore West needed clutch plays in the final 6 seconds for a 67-65 Niagara Frontier League boys basketball victory over Lew-Port.
In a back-and-forth game, the West’s Blue Devils found themselves trailing by two with 17 seconds left and the ball in Lew-Port’s possession.
Kenmore West forced a turnover on a 5-second count on the inbounds play, then got the ball to Terrell Ford who went to the basket, scored and was fouled. Ford completed the three-point play to give the Blue Devils a 66-65 lead.
After a Lew-Port turnover Aaron Tucker of Kenmore West was fouled. He made the first of two free throws with 0.9 seconds left to finish it.
Ford had 24 points for Kenmore West, 20 in the second half.
Jernard Jackson had 27 points for Lew-Port, which led 37-33 at the half and trailed 52-49 after three quarters.
Trevor Book scored 19 of his 26 points in the second half to lead a North Tonawanda comeback and a 62-53 victory at Grand Island. Teammate Patrick Milbrand contributed eight points and five rebounds to the victory. Joe Kulikowski had 22 points for Grand Island and freshman Cam Sionko added 14.
Lockport takes NFL lead
Lockport held on to first place in Niagara Frontier League girls basketball with a 56-29 victory over visiting Kenmore East.
The Lions’ victory was supposed to set up a showdown Thursday in Lockport against Grand Island. Lockport, Grand Island and Kenmore East were tied for first in the NFL with 5-1 records entering Tuesday night’s games.
However Grand Island lost, 33-30, at North Tonawanda.
Margretta Dry had 14 points, five assists and six rebounds in the Lockport victory.
“We rebounded the ball very well,” said Lockport coach Karen Catalano. Miracle Douglas led the Lions’ effort on the boards with 12 rebounds.
Kendall Mills and Serena Sordetto had nine points each for Kenmore East, which played without senior Kiaja O’Neil, its starting point guard and No. 3 scorer who missed the game for personal reasons.
Wildt leads NT victory
Liz Wildt stole the ball scored with 6 seconds left, then made one of two free throws to give North Tonawanda its victory over GI. Wildt was high scorer in the game with 17 points. Kali Hausrath had 16 for Grand Island.
“We moved the ball pretty well and Wildt was huge,” said NT coach Mike Licata. Helping the Lumberbacks keep things moving on offense was sophomore guard Lindsey Piotrowski with six assists.
Big game for Dolan boys
The Dolan brothers, senior Graham and sophomore Greg, accounted for 46 of the points for Williamsville South in a 73-31 triumph over visiting Sweet Home in ECIC II boys basketball.
Graham Dolan had 28 points as the Billies pushed their division record to 6-0. Greg had 18 points. South is 9-3 overall and ranked fifth in this week’s Buffalo News Large School poll.
South (5-0) and Starpoint (4-0) are the only ECIC II teams unbeaten in division play.
Roy-Hart 5-1 in N-O
Second-place Roy-Hart (5-1) had to hold off a fourth-quarter rally by Wilson for a 59-57 win over the host Lakemen in Niagara-Orleans League boys basketball.
The Rams led 47-39 after three quarters and were still in front by eight with three minutes left, Roy-Hart got clutch rebounding and defense from Justin Heschke and Andy Xapso scored six of his 21 points and half the Rams’ total. Ryan Bradley led Wilson with 21 points.