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High School Extra (Dec. 17): Maryvale's up to challenge in OT win

Maryvale rallies, edges Nichols in OT

Maryvale and Nichols took turns rallying and hitting big shots before the Flyers’ Brian Sullivan’s three-point play with 76 seconds left in overtime gave Maryvale the lead for good. The News’ No. 9 Large School edged the Vikings, 58-55, in the first of three games Friday night at the annual ADPRO Challenge at Depew High School.

Sullivan scored on a put-back of a Rashad Law shot and his ensuing free throw capped a wild second half and extra session. Nichols rallied from an 11-point third quarter deficit to take a two-point lead into the fourth quarter thanks to the sizzling shooting of senior Will Johnson. Both teams traded the lead during the final 91 seconds of regulation.

Maryvale rallied from 54-50 down to force overtime as Ray Blackwell scored four of his game- and career-high 28 points during a seven-second stretch in which his two free throws tied things with 15 seconds left in the fourth

Blackwell finished with five rebounds, five steals and four assists.

“Ray does it all,” Flyers coach Mark Kensy said.

The Vikings trailed by nine at halftime and were down 38-27 before Johnson fueled a quarter-ending 16-3 run by draining five consecutive three-pointers. Johnson finished with 23 points.

That wasn’t enough to derail Maryvale, which improved to 3-0 by winning its second overtime game of the season. The Flyers also beat Olean, last year’s state Class B champion and now a member of Class A-2 like Maryvale, in overtime.

Sullivan finished with 16 points (four three-pointers), 11 rebounds, five assists and three steals. Adam Meyerhofer, who is 6-foot-3 and roughly 150 pounds, added five blocks in the win.

“Brian Sullivan had a solid, solid game as did Adam Meyerhofer – he worked his tail off in the post,” Kensy said.

St. Mary’s, Timon triumph at ADPRO

St. Mary’s raced to a big lead and then weathered a strong fourth quarter by West Seneca East to defeat the Trojans, 63-59, in the second of three ADPRO Challenge contests played between public and private schools Friday at Depew High School.

Dominick Farszmil scored 16 of his game-high 29 points during the fourth quarter for WSE, which trailed 34-19 at halftime.

St. Mary’s led 20-8 after one quarter and quickly stretched its lead with a 12-0 run during the first 4 minutes, 36 seconds of the second. Christian Szablewski scored 13 of his 18 points during the opening 16 minutes to lead three Lancers’ scorers who finished in double-digits. Eric Brown added 17, while Daquan Hunt had 12. Frank Propis finished with four points but his timely basket late in the third quarter momentarily blunted a Trojan run that saw them pull within nine.

The final game of the day at the ADPRO Challenge featured No. 5 Bishop Timon-St. Jude against No. 10 Amherst in a battle between ranked large schools who share the same nickname.

Timon’s Tigers seized control for good during the second half, cruising to a 58-39 victory over Amherst. Timon led at the break 29-22 but ended the suspense quickly with a 17-0 run after the Tigers pulled within 31-29.

Davion Warren and Joe Harrison each scored 17 points to help Timon improve to 2-0. Marcellus Cooper led Amherst (3-2) with 12 points.

Lockport roars to victory at NT

Perhaps this is a sign of things to come in the Niagara Frontier League.

One week after North Tonawanda edged reigning Section VI Class AA boys basketball champion Niagara Falls, the Lumberjacks fell victim to Lockport in their own home gym, 64-51.

The Lions’ 1-3-1 three-quarters-court trap caused NT problems in the first half. The guests forced at least 10 turnovers, bolting to a 31-15 halftime lead.

“Our defense in the first half just played tremendous,” Lockport coach Dave Gilson said. “We didn’t allow them to walk the ball up. We made them uncomfortable.”

Tavon Chambers led the winners with 20 points, going 6 for 6 from the line in the fourth quarter. The Lions (3-2, 2-1) went 10 for 10 from the line for the game, while the Jacks shot 9 for 18.

Gilson said sophomore point guard Malik Brooks was a difference-maker on offense. He scored 10 of his 14 points in the second half and also finished with eight assists and seven rebounds. Trevor Book led NT (4-1, 2-1) with 18 points.

Jalin Cooper put on a dunk fest as Medina slammed rival Albion, 70-47, in the Niagara-Orleans League. Cooper, a three-sport standout for the Mustangs, led the winners with 24 points – including four dunks. He had eight points during the decisive 25-6 fourth quarter.

Medina led 31-30 at halftime before pulling away. Johnny Salone scored 18, while Tyrellis Atkins added 11 for Medina (2-3).

Devin Pope matched his career-high with 33 points to lead Chautauqua Lake to an 83-50 win over Southwestern.

Zeus Enriquez finished with 26 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks to lead Salamanca past Oracle 58-50.

North hockey beats N-W

It’s no secret Williamsville North and Niagara-Wheatfield have a history. The ice rivals have met for the Section VI boys hockey championship four times during the last five seasons, with North ending the Falcons’ four-year reign as Division I champions last winter.

While both teams are still trying to find their way early in the new season, the Spartans know they can beat N-W as they did just that, 5-2, Friday night at Dwyer Arena in Federation action.

Anthony Trigilio had two goals and an assist, while Anthony Bruno had three helpers as North bolted to a 4-0 lead and cruised to its fifth win in six starts. Brett Sardina recorded a goal and an assist, while Adam Bach and Daniel Mosher also scored for the Spartans, who held a 33-17 edge in shots.

In another Western New York Varsity Federation contest, Orchard Park edged reigning state Catholic champion St. Joe’s, 3-2, as Tyler Bienias scored twice for the Quakers.

At the prep school tournament in Lawrenceville, N.J., Nichols edged the hosts, 2-1, in double overtime. Lucas Herrmann scored both goals for the Vikings (4-3-3), who face Belmont Hill (Mass.) and Upper Canada (Ont.) in tournament games Saturday.

Falcons girls soar past OP

Frontier fell behind early but quickly righted the ship as the Falcons defeated Orchard Park, 41-35, in ECIC I girls basketball.

OP (4-1, 2-1) opened with a 10-0 lead, but Frontier did a better job slowing down the Quakers. Frontier trailed 30-29 after three quarters but took the lead for on Kennedy Izzo’s three-pointer. She had five of her 11 points during the final eight minutes while Claire Kruska had four of her 16 points in the fourth quarter for the Falcons (3-1, 3-0). She also grabbed 10 rebounds. Izzo finished with eight rebounds and seven steals.

Ella Rose Eckert poured in 19 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, while Anna Davies had eight assists in Clarence’s 53-42 ECIC I win at Jamestown.

Turley nears milestone

Sydney Turley inched closer to the 1,000-career points milestone.

The senior needs just 19 points to hit the magic number after finishing with 22 during Cleveland Hill’s 40-25 win over Tonawanda in ECIC IV. The Golden Eagles led 24-17 at the half.

In ECIC II, Amherst bounced back from Monday’s 53-50 loss to Williamsville South by cruising past visiting Williamsville East, 55-21.

Eight players scored for the Tigers with Niagara University commit Claire Wanzer taking game honors with 21 points. Emma Klein finished with 10 steals to go with eight points for Amherst (2-2, 2-1). Emma Stelley added 12 points for the winners.

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