Sophomore Chris Stineman had a big game, 25 points and 12 rebounds, Tuesday in helping West Seneca East (5-4) to a 78-55 victory over Lewiston-Porter in a semifinal of the West Seneca Invitational Tournament, which is being played at East this year.
The Trojans will face Lake Shore at 6 p.m. on Wednesday in the championship game. Lake Shore triumphed over West Seneca West, 63-53, in Tuesday's other semifinal.
The 6-foot-5 Stineman, who transferred from St. Joe's this year and forward Dominic Farszmil (6-3) give West Seneca East an inside trandem to be reckoned with and their rebounding is one of the keys to the Trojans running game.
"We're a pretty good transition team when we rebound the ball and cause a lot of turnovers," said West Seneca East coach Dan Lutman.
Farszmil had 18 points in the victory while Anthony Roncone had 14 and Zamari Mitchell 11. Dawson Bailey led Lew-Port with 16 points, 12 from three-point range.
West Seneca East and Lake Shore each were 7-7 in ECIC II last season, but they no longer are division rivals because Lake Shore has dropped down to ECIC III.
"We're a little bit familiar with them," Lutman said. "They have a lot different team than they did last year. The big kid, John Park, for them is pretty good . They are a young team that's playing pretty well together."
Park. a 6-fot-6 junior, had 17 points in Lake Shore's victory over West Seneca West.
Marauders win Ken-Ton opener
St. Joe's, one of the original teams that played in the Ken-Ton Tournament returned to the event this year and scored a 62-33 victory over Kenmore East in the first round Tuesday at Kenmore West.
"This is our first time in the tournament in 20-plus years. It's the first time I coached in it," said St. Joe's coach Mark Simon. "I'm a Kenmore West graduate so its fun for me to play in this tournament. We're usually playing out of town when it's held, but when Sweet Home decided not to play this year we were more than happy to come back."
Junior Jack Capen a 6-foot-4 wing player, led the Marauders with 20 points. Senior guard Mike Motley had 11.
"Motley gave us good minutes in first quarter," Simonn said. "He had a seven-point quarter and helped us start to build the lead. It was a struggle for a while but we went about our business and methodically worked our way through it."
St. Joe's and Kenmore West will play for the Ken-Ton title Wednesday night at 6:30. Kenmore West defeated Cardinal O'Hara, 62-57.
Nichols hosts prep hockey play
The Nichols-Belmont Hill Holiday Hockey Tournament is among several special events on tap before the New Year in Western New York.
The eight-team field featuring prep teams from four states and Canada will begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Dann Memorial Rink when Nichols takes on St. Francis. Each teams will play later in the day with Nichols facing Millbrook at 6 p.m. and St. Francis returning for an 8 p.m. tilt against Kimball Union Academy of New Hampshire.
St. Francis and Nichols each will conclude round-robin play on Thursday. The top two finishers in each division meet in semifinals on Friday (9 and 11 a.m.) with the championship slated for 6:30 p.m.
The field includes Upper Canada College (Ont.), Belmont Hill (Mass.), Brunswick (Conn.) and The Rivers School (Weston, Mass.). Tournament games each day begin at 9 a.m.
There’s no shortage of basketball tournament, several of which began Tuesday.
Thursday offers quite the boys basketball tournament selection, including the annual two-day IAABO Tournament at St. Bonaventure, the two-day I-90 Holiday Classic at Villa Maria College and the Randolph Holiday Classic at Jamestown Community College. The Holiday Classic includes two games which could be previews of playoff matchups. Class D contenders Ellicottville and Sherman meet at 5 p.m. Randolph will face Maple Grove at 7 p.m. Both could meet during the Class C-2 tournament during sectiionals later this winter.
The I-90 Classic includes teams from Western New York, Rochester and Cathedral Prep of Erie, Pa. Area teams include South Park, CSAT, St. Francis, Health Sciences, Dunkirk, East Aurora, East, Cardinal O’Hara and Medina.