Spartans rally past OP
Games are decided on the court but the rankings in the Buffalo News weekly basketball polls stood up pretty well Wednesday.
Of the seven ranked boys teams in action, six were winners, most easily. Williamsville North, the No. 9 ranked team in the large school ranks, was in trouble for a while.
Coach Chuck Swierski’s Spartans trailed Orchard Park, 36-30, on their home court at halftime, then outscored the Quakers 21-2 in the third period.
“They were playing harder than we were,” Swierski said, speaking of the Quakers. “We have good talent but the talent has got to work. We made a couple of adjustments, went to full man-to-man ...
“I said to the team ‘Do you want to be a top team or play one game in the playoffs and you’re done?’ They responded really well. I give them all the credit in the world.”
North was led by a 33-point performance by senior Maceo Jack. Jack also had 13 rebounds while Nick Maranto had 13 points and Sean Hill 10 points and 12 assists. Jairus Huggins had 12 rebounds for North.
South goes to 8-0 in ECIC II
No. 4 large school Williamsville South won its eighth without a loss in ECIC II with a 69-42 triumph over visiting Lake Shore. Greg Dolan led the Billies with 22 points. Myles Hall scored 11 for South.
No. 5 McKinley nearly blew a fuse on the scoreboard in a 114-48 rout of Hutch-Tech. Fourteen different players joined the scoring for coach Zaire Dorsey’s Macks, led by Kesean Fisher’s 23 and 21 by Shaquan Jones. Jones and Fisher had 12 rebounds each. Fisher had five blocks while Rayquan Goree had 14 points and six steals. McKinley led 58-27 at the half then outscored the Engineers 32-4 in the third quarter.
No. 10 St. Joe’s rebounded from a Monday night loss at home to Cheektowaga and won at Kenmore West, 46-42. The teams were knotted at 32-all after three quarters. Nicholas Motley scored five points of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and Naseer Jackson had four of his 13 in that frame to lead St. Joe’s. Football standout Terrell Ford led Kenmore West with 20 points.
Olean, the No. 1 ranked small school, ran away from Dunkirk, 90-36, for its seventh win without a loss in CCAA West Division I. Luke Rogers led the Huskies with 24 points, including six three-point shots.
Fredonia, the second place team in CCAA West I, defeated Oracle Charter, 70-34, in a nonleague game. Patrick Moore had 21 points for the seventh-ranked Hillbillies.
East, No. 6 in the small schools poll, fell to Yale Cup Division I rival Burgard, 66-60. Isaiah Jamison led the Bulldogs with 21 points.
Frontiers get first Yale Cup win
It’s been a long season so far for Riverside. However, the Frontiers notched their first Yale Cup win of the season, defeating Bennett, 62-59. Gerald Bratton had 15 points and David DiMaggio 12 for Riverside.