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High School Extra (Dec. 29): Health Sciences earns big OT victory

Health Sciences, the No. 1-ranked small school in The News poll, had to play its best to earn another win in the I-90 Tournament at Villa Maria. The Falcons needed overtime to defeat V-Rochester Early College, 59-55 in overtime. Wize Threat had 15 points for Health Sciences, while Davonte Gianes added 15.

In other games in that event, St. Francis picked up an impressive win by defeating Cathedral Prep of Erie, Pa., 53-48. Juice Cunningham had 14 points for the Red Raiders, while Bo Sireika and Devon Darrell finished with 11 points each and Roburt Burch had seven points and 12 rebounds.

V-Leadership Academy downed South Park, 77-45. Newark defeated CSAT, 74-33.

Park, the top-ranked large school team, suffered its first loss of the season. The Pioneers dropped a 61-56 overtime decision to Mount St. Michael from Bronx in the Josh Palmer Fund Elmira Holiday Inn Classic.

In that same event, Canisius dropped its second straight game. The Crusaders got beat by a three-pointer at the buzzer as Horseheads earned a 58-56 victory. Austin James led the Crusaders with 21 points, while Ryan Bradley and Jayce Johnson had 13 each.

Maryvale took home the title in the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament in Cheektowaga. The Flyers defeated Hamburg, 61-51. They never trailed in the second half. Ray Blackwell was named the event’s Most Valuable Player after scoring a total of 49 points in his team’s two games. Maryvale teammate Ted York-Brown also was named to the All-Tournament Team. Cleveland Hill beat Niagara-Wheatfield, 44-30, in the consolation game.

Brinker can’t be stopped

Emma Brinker was a powerful force around the basket for East Aurora in its girls’ basketball win over Hamburg in the opening round of the Orchard Park Tournament. Brinker picked up 24 points in the 51-43 win, but her defensive statistics may have been even more impressive.

The junior had 16 rebounds and 13 blocks as the Blue Devils moved to 6-0. Having a center like that can make an entire team more effective.

“We can put pressure on the ball and play some good solid defense,” East Aurora coach Gary Schutrum said. “If they can past the first person, Emma is waiting. It’s disheartening for the other team. She just comes out of nowhere.”

Blue Devils’ guard Julianna Meisenheimer only had four points but her 12 assists and five steals show how she influenced the game.

Next up for East Aurora is Orchard Park, which downed Sweet Home, 62-22. Sam Fisher led the Quakers with 19 points.

Speaking of big nights, Danielle Haskell certainly had one for Franklinville. She finished with 32 points, including seven three-pointres, as the Panthers defeated Olean, 56-43.

Haskell is only a freshman, and has taken a big step forward this year.

“She’s much more consistent this year,” Franklinville coach Allan Dunlap said. “She’s been working on her game, and she had a great offseason. She must have played games in the offseason with AAU and summer leagues. She can shoot it from anywhere. She’s so fast, but she can pull up from 25 feet and knock them down. She’s special.”

Ella Rose Eckert had 17 points and 17 rebounds as Clarence downed Sacred Heart, 53-47, in a battle of unbeatens in the Sacred Heart Tournament. Micaela Ryan had 16 points for the Sharks.

St. Joe’s reaches final

St. Joe’s advanced in the semifinals of the Mount St. Charles Holiday Faceoff Tournament in Rhode Island. The Marauders beat LaSalle of Pennsylvania, 4-1. Jeremy Ienco had two goals to lead St. Joe’s, while Michael Greco and Matthew Barrali also scored.

Williamsville North’s team took a trip across the state for a game. The Spartans blasted Saratoga in a nonleague contest to imrprove to 8-2 on the season. Andrew Bruno and Daniel Mosher finished with two goals each, while Brett Sardinia had a goal and three assists.

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