West Seneca East's boys basketball has posted winning records the last two seasons after 20 straight losing campaigns of .500 ball or below. Now the Trojans want something better than the 11-10 records posted the last two seasons.
"We want to get to Buff State. We've never been there," East coach Dan Lutman said Wednesday night after the Trojans came on in the second half and defeated South Park 63-53 in the opening game of the Pastor-Cooper Memorial Showcase tripleheader at Daemen College. East is 2-0 so far. The Trojans finished in a three-way tie for third place in ECIC II last season with a 7-7 division record.
"We're getting better, " Lutman said. "This was a good win for us tonight. The second half we did a really good job of getting into transition off our defense. We scored more in the third quarter than we did in the first half."
Led by left-hand shooting Raymond Mushat, the Sparks were in front 29-22 at the half., but were outscored 26-14 in the third quarter and 15-10 in the fourth.
"This should give us some confidence gong forward. I'm proud of the way we came from behind," Lutman said.
Senior Dominic Farszmil led the Trojans with 24 points and was selected MVP for the game. Besides his scoring, Farszmil, a high jumper in track, was active in the paint.
"He's freaky the way he jumps and can get off the floor." Lutman said.
Sophomore guard Zamari Mitchell had 17 points for West Seneca East.
"He can play point guard but we need him more at No. 2. He shoots the ball well and get to the hoop," Lutman said. "He's going to be a good player for us the next three years."
Mushat of the Sparks was high scorer in the game with 26 points.
Big third quarter leads Health Sciences
Health Sciences coach Tyree Parker wasn't happy with the way his Falcons played in the first half of their 78-59 victory over Cardinal O'Hara in the final game on the Pastor-Cooper card.
Coming off a loss to North Tonawanda the night before, Health Sciences led only 29-23 at the half.
"We just weren't playing the way we play basketball in the first half," Parker said.
The third quarter was totally different. The Panthers outscored O'Hara, 32-9, in the period to take complete charge.
"It was the defense," Parker said. "It gave us offense. We caused a lot of turnovers and made a run."
The defensive effort was led by the six blocked shots by Davonte Gaines, who finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Kameron Briggs had 19 points and Tyron Lott 16 for the winners. Justin Hemphill of the losing Hawks was leading scorer in the game with 22 points.
Depew tops GI in overtime
Chad Biersbach scored four of Depew's seven points in overtime to lead the Wildcats over Grand Island 49-47, in the second game on the bill at the Pastor-Cooper Memorial Showcase at Daemen.
Chad Biersbach, a junior had 18 points for Depew. Tyler Biersbach had nine points and 11 rebounds. Austin Pilley made the two free throws for the Wildcats at the end of regulation that forced overtime.
Cam Sionko scored 14 points and Devin Brandon 12 to lead Grand Island, which lost for the first time in four games. Depew is 3-0.
Depew led 9-4 at the quarter mark, but it was tied at the half and GI led only, 29-28, entering the final period.
39 for East's Anderson
Estella Anderson came about as close as a one-person team as you might want Wednesday. The East High senior scored 39 of her team's points in a 51-36 victory over Oracle Charter. Anderson also had 18 rebounds. She and senior Rinada James, who had 12 points, were the only scorers for the Panthers in their season opener.