In boys basketball, two of the area’s best teams traveled to Elmira for a major tournament, and had different results in the opening round.
Park, top-ranked among local large schools, took a 74-59 decision from Elmira in the Josh Palmer Fund Elmira Holiday Inn Classic. Dan Scott led the 4-0 Pioneers with 26 points, while Joe Jones had 10 points and 12 blocks. Park will play Mount St. Michael on Thursday night.
No. 2 Canisius felt to Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Md.), 55-44. Ryan Bradley and Jayce Johnson had 12 points each for the Crusaders, who play Horseheads on Thursday.
Elsewhere, Daquan Hunt had 17 points and Tournament MVP Eric Brown had 13 rebounds in St. Mary of Lancaster’s 55-42 win over Williamsville North in the Five Guys Holiday Tournament.
West Seneca East claimed a championship in the West Seneca Invitational. The Trojans defeated Lake Shore, 55-49, in Wednesday’s title game. Zamari Mitchell had 23 points and was named the most valuable player of the tournament. John Park had 19 points for Lake Shore.
Ray Blackwell had 22 points for Maryvale as the Flyers knocked off Cleveland Hill, 58-39, in the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament. Paul Woodward had 13 points for the Eagles. Maryvale moved on to the finals, where Hamburg waits on Thursday. The Bulldogs topped Niagara-Wheatfield, 66-45.
Frewsburg romps in victory
In girls basketball, Frewsburg claimed a nice win in the championship game of its own tournament. The Bears knocked off previously undefeated St. Mary’s of Lancaster, 70-49. Frewsburg is ranked eighth among small schools, while the Lancers are fourth. Kaitlyn Blanchard finished with 37 points, while Gabby Iuculano scored 25 points.
The Grand Island-Tonawanda game wasn’t exactly an offensive show. Both teams struggled to get past 30 points in a defensive struggle. But the Vikings had the last basket, and came away with the win. Grand Island earned a 31-30 victory, as Nichole Castiglione hit a baseline jumper with about seven seconds to go. Castiglione finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds and six steals. Haley Schoelerman of Tonawanda led all scorers with 17 points.
St. Joe’s advances in R.I.
Two defending state champions in boys ice hockey squared off on Wednesday afternoon in the Mount St. Charles Holiday Faceoff Tournament in Rhode Island. New York State came away with bragging rights, as
St. Joe’s topped Bishop Hendricken, 4-1.
“It was a great game,” Marauders coach Rich Crozier said. “We went down, 1-0, and tied it on the power play in the second period. Then we went ahead two minutes into the third, and added two empty-netters. The 4-1 score isn’t indicative of the play. It’s a great win.”
Luke Pierce had two goals, including the game-winner, for St. Joe’s.
The Marauders moved on to the semifinals. They play LaSalle College of Pennsylvania Thursday night.