Zaire Dorsey never met the late Harvey Austin, but his McKinley team is the champion of the Harvey Austin Tournament hosted by the Macks.
McKinley pulled away in the third quarter for a 73-51 victory over Riverside in the championship game Friday afternoon.
"Never had the privilege of meeting the man but I know his history," Dorsey said. "Our principal," Crystal Boling-Barton, "thought it was important that we host this tournament in memory of Harvey Austin."
Austin, a three-time All-High selection in basketball, he helped lead to two Yale Cup championships in the early 1950s. After serving in the Army, he went on play at Purdue. He coached in public schools, including a stint at McKinley, and was active in service to youth for his career until he died in 1988.
Taivonne Martin, a sophomore,and Deon Spencer, a junior point guard, scored 22 of McKinley’s 24 points in
the third quarter to break the game open.
Martin, a two-way standing for McKinley in football, had 10 points in the third quarter and 21 overall, and Spencer had 12, all in the third quarter.
"We had 12 seniors last year," Dorsey said. "A lot of kids had to step up and progressing, getting better and better. Taivonne was probably our MVP today. Spencer is my starting point guard, who moved up from the JV last year."
37 for Hawks’ Zeigler
Anndea Zeigler scored 13 of her career-high 37 points in the fourth quarter to lead Cardinal O’Hara to a 74-69 victory over the host team in the Bishop Ludden Tournament in Syracuse.
"Zeigler was the best player on the floor. She kind of took over the game in the fourth quarter," said Cardinal O’Hara coach Nick O’Neil. "At one point she scored 13 points in a row. It’s the best I’ve ever seen her play."
Besides her points, Zeigler had six assists and five steals and helped limit Ludden star Danielle Rouse to 18 points. Rouse is considered a Division I college prospect.
Elsewhere in girls basketball, Allegany-Limestone focused its defense on Franklinville’s Haskell sisters. While they were doing that freshman Abby McCoy scored 21 points, all on three-point shots, in Panthers’ 51-34 victory in the championship game of the IAABO Holiday Classic at the Reilly Center.
Freshman Danielle Haskell had 16 points while junior Allyson Haskell had 10 for Franklinville.
"Abby McCoy is a real good spot-up shooter," said Franklinville coach Allan Dunlap. Allegany-Limestone "is really well-coached and they runs tons of defenses to try and top your best kids. They ran a triangle and two against the Haskells tonight and Abby got a lot of good looks."
Tournament MVP Emma Brinker had 21 points and 15 rebounds to lead East Aurora over Orchard Park, 62-50, in the championship game of the Orchard Park Tournament. It’s the second year in a row East Aurora has won the tournament title.
Park third in Elmira
Joe Jones had a dominant performance and Noah Hutchins made the all-tournament team after they led Park School to a third-place finish in the Josh Palmer Fund Elmira Holiday Inn Classic. The Pioneers defeated Mars (Pa.), 73-55, in the third-place game Friday afternoon as Jones had 24 points, 15 rebounds and "a handful of blocks" according to coach Michael Battaglia.
Hutchins, a sophomore guard, had 16 points in the victory for Park.
Malik Brooks scored 26 points and tournament MVP Tavon Chambers had 16 as Lockport defeated the host Red Devils, 76-68, in the championship game of the Clarence Tournament.
Nichols icers lose final
Nichols defeated Kimball Union Academy, 5-4, in pool play of the Nichols-Belmont Hill Holiday Hockey Tournament at Dann Memorial Rink earlier this week, but the Vikings were no match for their New Hampshire opponent the second time around.
Kimball Union had goals from six different plays and defeated Nichols, 6-0, in the tournament championship game Friday night.
Earlier, the Vikings edged Brunswick School of Greenwich, Conn., 4-3, in a semifinal game . Bryan Bylsma scored two goals, including what turned out to be the game winner, and had an assist for Nichols.