The first couple of weeks of the boys basketball season usually feature a large number of tournaments, and several of them began on Friday.
The performance of the night might have come from Chad Biersbach of Depew. The 6-foot-2 junior erupted for 43 points as the Wildcats handled Niagara Catholic, 65-51, in the Cataract Classic.
“He had an awesome night,” coach Larry Jones said about Biersbach. “My understanding is that he is the highest scorer in the history of the Cataract Classic, and in Depew history. Peter Jerebko had 42 points once, so I think this is a new record.
Biersbach had 11 points in the first quarter, all 12 of his team’s points in the second, nine in the third and 12 in the fourth. Jones thought it was a “quiet” 43 points, if that possible.
“I found out after the game that he had 43,” he said. “I knew he had 23 at the half. I thought maybe he had 35."
Nick Krupp had 12 points for Niagara Catholic, which was held to five points in the second quarter.
The game was a good warm-up for two top teams, who needed extra time to settle the outcome. Park went to overtime to take a 55-50 from Niagara Falls. Marques Lowe led a balanced attack with 11 points for the Pioneers.
In the other game of the triple-header, Williamsville North used a balance attack to earn a 47-35 win over Medina. Corey Swiech had 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Spartans, while Joe Nusall also had 11 points and Jairus Huggins finished with nine. Jalin Copper led the Mustangs with 18 points.
In the Lockport Rotary Tournament, Drew Butler had 17 points for Williamsville East in a 73-63 win over I-Prep/Grover. Cameron Scott had 24 points for the Presidents.
Next up for the Flames is St. Joe’s, which defeated Lockport, 70-68. Mike Motley had 21 for the Marauders, while Caleb Cockrell added 16 points.
Lancaster had little trouble with Cleveland Hill, taking a 63-27 win over the Eagles in the Lancaster Tip-Off Tournament. Vito Fulciniti scored 18 points for the Legends, with three other teammates in double figures. In the other game, Tyron Lott had 24 points and Davonte Gaines had 20 as Health Sciences outscored Dunkirk, 84-77.
In nonleague play, City Honors turned up its defense in a 58-54 win over Emerson. The Centaurs trailed, 26-14, after the first quarter, and by 44-26 at halftime. But the Eagles were held to only 10 points in the second half, allowing City Honors to rally. Amir Radford led four players in double figures for the Centaurs, while Tyreek Edwards led all scores with 33 points.
Andy Bialy had a big night for Eden, piling up 24 points as the Raiders defeated Akron, 54-29. Bialy was the only player on either team to reach double figures.
Quinn paces Lady Chiefs
In the Iroquois Tournament, the Lady Chiefs did just enough to earn a 50-45 win over Mount St. Mary. Taylor Quinn was named the Most Valuable Player with 12 points and six steals. Leah Shanahan led Iroquois in scoring with 14 points, including four three-pointers, and sophomore Sarah Wittek had 11 rebounds and six blocks.
St. Mary’s of Lancaster moved to 3-0 for the season with a win over Newfane by a score of 54-36. The victory came in the Maryvale Tournament. Lauren Nowajski filled the stat sheet with 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Lancers.
In the Hae Jude Tournament, Pine Valley’s defense was airtight in a 38-22 win over Cassadaga Valley. The Panthers only allowed seven points in the first half, including just two in the second quarter. Amber Morrison had 11 points to pace Pine Valley.
In the Charter Cup, Tapestry overwhelmed WNY Maritime, 62-12. Nia Caver, one of the top returning players in Western New York, had 20 points.
In nonleague play, V-Elba edged Albion, 39-36. Chanyce Powell scored 16 points for Albion, while Emily Blanchard chipped in with eight.