Plummer's three wins it for Tapestry
Tapestry earned a nice feather in its cap before Christmas as Dorian Plummer’s three-pointer just before the buzzer sank host Cardinal O’Hara, 75-73, on Wednesday night in a nonleague boys basketball game.
O’Hara, ranked No. 5 among area small schools, took a one-point lead on a free throw by Nasir Benton with 7 seconds left. Instead of calling timeout to draw up a final play, coach Jeff Liebner let things play out on their own. It turned out to be a wise decision as Plummer drained the winning basket with seven-tenths of a second left. The Thunder Hawks improved to 3-2.
“I’m trying to teach them how to react,” Liebner said. “We can’t call timeout every time we have a problem. They have to learn how to adjust on the fly and tonight it worked out.”
Christian Russell scored each of his 21 points during the second half to lead Tapestry, while Plummer finished with six. Paitwan Jenifer had 13 rebounds and eight points for the Thunder Hawks, while Jaylin Curry finished with a double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds).
Justin Hemphill scored a game-high 25 points for the Hawks of Cardinal O’Hara (2-3).
“It was back and forth the whole game,” Liebner said. “It’s a pretty good win. We only have four guys who played varsity basketball last year. We ran the floor better than we have all year. It’s going to be a process. Any time you can knock someone off a team like that it’s a feather in your cap.”
Warriors Dom-inate Depew
For the second time in as many nights, Dominick Welch outscored Cheektowaga’s opponent as the Warriors not only earned an ECIC III boys basketball win but also advanced to the championship game of the Depew Holiday Tournament.
Welch went for 24 points during the Warriors’ 60-20 victory over Depew. He has 63 points the past two games. For the season, he’s averaging 30.6 points per game. He also finished with eight rebounds and five steals.
Cheektowaga’s defense limited the Wildcats to just two points in the second quarter to turn a three-point lead into a commanding 27-12 advantage at halftime. Alek Bryant had 12 points and Rudy Bragg 10 for the winners, who face St. Mary’s of Lancaster in the final on Friday night.
The Lancers advanced with a 75-44 rout of City Honors. Eric Brown and Christian Szablewski each scored 11 points in the win as 13 different players registered a point for St. Mary’s. Szablewski also grabbed 11 rebounds, while Jaelin Russell had nine points and five assists.
Albion girls edge Newfane
In girls basketball action, Albion edged Newfane, 49-47, for its first win over the Panthers in at least two seasons.
Chanyce Powell’s free throw with 15 seconds left broke a 47-47 tie. She finished with 15 points and 12 boards to lead the Purple Eagles.
Albion used its defense to create offense as its full-court press helped it rally from a 40-33 deficit during the final quarter. The Purple Eagles also went 4 for 8 from the line in the fourth quarter, while the Panthers went 2 for 6.
Mallory Ashe scored 12 points as Mount Mercy defeated Archbishop Walsh, 55-40, in Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association action. Josslynn Strang added 10 points. Grace Greer scored 24 to lead Walsh.