Macks win Yale Cup
McKinley came up short in its quest for an unbeaten boys basketball season, but the Macks did achieve a form of perfection that’s quite amazing.
McKinley (19-1, 14-0) held on to beat Yale Cup I host Middle College, 77-75, on Thursday night to complete its fourth unbeaten season in the league in the past five seasons. It’s the Macks’ second straight unbeaten Yale Cup run.
“All of the players in the Yale Cup know each other so it’s a sense of pride, to be able to say you won it and to be able to say you won it undefeated,” said McKinley coach Zaire Dorsey.
Keyon Johnson led the Macks with 20 points and six steals. He went 3 for 4 from the foul line down the stretch to ward off the Kats’ comeback bid. Shaquan Jones added 19 points and now has 1,041 for his career. He eclipsed 1,000 last Saturday.
Medina takes N-O
Medina boys basketball captured its first Niagara-Orleans League title since 2009, beating CSAT, 58-32. Johnny Salone had 16 points and 12 boards to lead the Mustangs, who reached the Section VI Class B-1 semifinals last year. Tyler Ames had 22 rebounds and 10 points in the win.
Christian Nodine now has 1,005 points for his career after a 19-point effort for Starpoint during its 75-58 ECIC II loss at Williamsville South.
St. Joe’s streak lives
St. Joe’s hockey gained a measure of revenge and increased its winning streak to 16 games by beating Williamsville North, 3-2, in overtime.
A sellout crowd of 1,850 at Northtown Center watched these two streaking teams go at it, with St. Joe’s avenging an earlier 2-1 loss to North on Michael Greco’s game-winning goal 45 seconds into overtime. Greco picked up a loose puck in the slot and beat the goalie top corner, glove side to deal North its first loss in 16 games.
St. Joe’s came into the game ranked No. 1 in the state and North eighth.
Max McArthur and Erich Thurr scored to give St. Joe’s (21-2-1) a 2-0 lead. North roared back to tie on goals Matt Terrance and Jared Cummins, the latter coming with 28 seconds left in regulation.
Titles and milestones
Janae Brannon recorded 36 points, eight rebounds and four steals to help Emerson clinch its first Canisius Cup under coach Lenny Dowell with a 43-34 win over Burgard.
Elsewhere in girls basketball, Dakaylah Winfield surpassed 1,000 points for her career in leading Grand Island to a 63-51 nonleague win over West Seneca West. Winfield now has 1,026 after a 30-point, 10-assist effort against West. ... Kaitlyn Blanchard set a school mark with seven three-pointers, scoring a career-high 29 points during Frewsburg’s 57-24 rout of Westfield.
• St. Francis, which set the Monsignor Martin record for wins during a bowling season with 46, capped its season by winning its third straight boys All-Catholic title. Those who qualified for the state Catholic Tournament March 5 in Long Island include St. Francis’ Christian Prechtel, Kyle Wells, Sam Petkovsky and Ryan Crapo. Other qualifiers include Cardinal O’Hara’s Ryan Reese and Dylan Greenauer, Canisius’ Nick Rallo and Aaron Fiust-Klink and St. Mary’s Garrett Braniecki.