The quarterfinal round of the Monsignor Martin Association Manhattan Cup boys basketball playoffs took place on Sunday, and it was a good day for Nichols. The Vikings avenged a pair of regular-season losses with a 62-53 win over Cardinal O’Hara.
Nichols was led by Marcellus Cooper, who had 22 points to lead all scorers. Edward Roach had 15 points, and William Johnson finished with 11. Justin Hemphill led the Hawks with 18 points, while Charles Debose had 13.
Next up for Nichols (8-17) is Walsh on Thursday. The Vikings lost two games to Walsh in the regular season as well.
In the other Manhattan Cup game, Julian Cunningham had 21 points and five assists to lead St. Francis over St. Joe’s, 57-40. Sean Taggert and Bo Sireika chipped in with 10 points each. St. Joe’s scored only six points in the fourth quarter, which allowed the Red Raiders to pull away. Michael Motley led the Marauders with 15 points, while Naseer Jackson had 11.
Next up for St. Francis is Canisius.
Kenmore East moves on
It’s quarterfinal time in the WNY Federation hockey playoffs. Trevor Pray had four goals and an assist in Kenmore East’s 6-1 win over Kenmore West at the Amherst Northtown Center. Brad Herman finished with 13 saves to earn the win.
Will Mann, Dylan Wild and Mike Steffan scored for Williamsville East, as the Flames defeated West Seneca East, 3-1.
Alex Fig had two goals and an assist as Williamsville South defeated West Seneca West, 4-2. Michael Woods chipped in 33 saves for the Billies, who play Kenmore East next.
Finally, Hamburg received two short-handed goals from Josh Dake in a span of 11 seconds and four points from Jason Lucarelli in a 6-2 win over North Tonawanda. Lucarelli assisted on both of Dake’s goals. Owen Gonter chipped in with a goal and an assist, and Evan McDermott and Jason Delmont also scored.
Next for the Bulldogs is Williamsville East.
Bears on prowl in NYC
It could be a busy week for Immaculata Academy. The Bears are the No. 4 seed in the New York State Association of Independent Schools’ girls basketball tournament.
Their postseason journey starts at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, with a game against Columbia Prep (No. 13) in New York City. If Immaculata wins, it goes right back into action a day later against the winner of the matchup between Rye Country Day and Marymount. The location of that game has not been determined.
From there, the semifinals will be played on Friday afternoon, potentially involving No. 1 seed Poly Prep of Brooklyn. The final will take place on Sunday at the Fieldston School in the Bronx.