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What to watch for Tuesday
1. Boys Basketball - Williamsville South at St. Francis, 7 p.m.
On a day full of top-notch games on the schedule, this large schools battle between No. 2 St. Francis (10-3) and No. 3 Williamsville South (9-2) earns top billing.
The Red Raiders jumped up from the No. 5 spot in the rankings after a monumental win at No. 1 Park in double overtime last Wednesday. They followed it up with a 66-35 drubbing of St. Joe's. Julian Cunningham, Bo Sireika and Roburt Welch continue to lead the offense averaging 12.8, 12.7 and 10.5 points per game. St. Francis follows this game up with a home date against Bishop Timon-St. Jude on Friday.
The Billies are 2-2 in their last four games with a six-point loss at Park two weeks ago and a 10-point loss at Amherst on Friday. They dropped one spot in the poll as a result of that loss to the Tigers. While all of Western New York knows by now that South's success starts with junior star Greg Dolan (22.6 ppg), 5-foot-10 guard Dakota Wiley (13.5 ppg) and 6-foot-4 big man Adam Braniecki (8.6 ppg) have been solid in supporting roles. The Billies head to Rochester Saturday to face University Prep and then host Jamestown and Aquinas next week.
2. Boys Basketball - Health Sciences at Bishop Timon-St. Jude, 6:30 p.m.
In a game that could have earned the top spot on most other days, No. 1 small school Health Sciences (13-2) visits No. 4 large school Bishop Timon-St. Jude (7-3) in another top nonleague matchup.
Without much competition in the Charter Cup this year, Health Sciences continues its loaded nonleague schedule. The Falcons so far have wins over Dunkirk, Cardinal O'Hara, Rochester Early College and Burgard, and their losses have come at North Tonawanda and St. Francis. They also have Middle College coming up on Thursday before their last three games against Tapestry and Oracle twice. The scary thing is that the Falcons might be even better next season. Their leading scorers are juniors Tyron Lott and Davonte Gaines and sophomore Kameron Briggs.
The Tigers are right in the thick of the tight Monsignor Martin race along with Park, St. Francis and Canisius. They have league wins over Canisius and St. Joe's and some good-looking nonleague triumphs over Bishop Kearney and Amherst. Timon's losses have come to Park, Williamsville South and V-University Prep. As mentioned above, Timon heads to St. Francis this Friday. The senior duo of Davion Warren and Joe Harrison have been awfully tough for opponents to stop this season.
3. Girls Basketball - Clarence at Amherst, 6:30 p.m.
No. 5 large school Amherst (8-3) hosts No. 6 large school Clarence (11-1) in a close choice for the top girls basketball contest on Tuesday.
The Tigers are right there among the top teams in Class A but are a little distance away from front-runners Lake Shore and Williamsville South, who've split in the Class A final the past two seasons. That just so happens to be the two teams that have handed Amherst its losses this season. Lake Shore won in the season opener by 10 and were swept in ECIC II by South by a combined seven points. Other than that, the Tigers have won every other game on their schedule by at least 13 points. Niagara-bound Claire Wanzer averages a team-leading 18.1 ppg.
The Red Devils have won two in a row since its first loss of the season at No. 4 Frontier two weeks ago. The inside duo of 6-foot-0 Ella Rose Eckert (14.2 ppg) and 6-foot-1 Carly Reynolds (9.8 ppg) have led Clarence to quality wins over Lancaster, Sacred Heart, Depew and Orchard Park.
4. Girls basketball - Orchard Park at Lake Shore, 6:30 p.m.
After suffering its first loss of the season, No. 3 large school Lake Shore (10-1) looks to bounce back against No. 10 large school Orchard Park (7-6).
The Eagles flipped spots with Williamsville South in this week's poll following a 51-43 loss at ECIC III foe Depew on Friday. Despite the loss, Lake Shore still has a lot of key parts back from last season's Class A championship squad and it's among the favorites to repeat. Raeann White, Tashawni Cornfield and Shayla Scanlan all average double figures.
The Quakers are coming off short rest after a 58-28 win at West Seneca West yesterday, which pushed their overall record above .500 again. Sam Fischer led OP with 25 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Penny Lenard added 16 points for the winners.
5. Boys basketball - Amherst at Jamestown, 7:30 p.m.
While the top two boys hoops games of the day feature public-private showdowns, this one comes between a couple of top public school programs.
No. 5 large school Amherst (12-2) is coming off its biggest win of the season, a 71-61 win over Main Street rival Williamsville South. Since their back-to-back losses against South and Timon in mid-December, the Tigers' nine-game winning streak also includes victories over Maryvale, North Tonawanda and McKinley. Marcellus Cooper and Da'Shawn Hines lead the team in scoring.
No. 10 large school Jamestown (8-3) is led by "Mr. Do Everything" James Rojas. The 6-foot-6 senior, an All-WNY team selection last season, leads the team in points (27.8 ppg), rebounds (10.5 rpg), assists (2.8 apg), steals (2.7 spg) and blocks (2.6 bpg). Junior Matt Hill is next on the team in scoring averaging 11.6 ppg. Jamestown's top wins this season have come against McDowell (Pa.) and Williamsville North. Its losses have been to Canisius, V-Leadership Academy and McKinley.
- Boys basketball: McKinley at East, 6 p.m.
- Girls basketball: Allegany-Limestone at Franklinville, 7:30 p.m.
- Girls basketball: Lancaster at Kenmore East, 7:30 p.m.
- Girls basketball: Olean at Chautauqua Lake, 7:30 p.m.
- Girls basketball: Panama at Randolph, 7:30 p.m.
- Girls hockey: Kenmore/Grand Island vs. Williamsville, 7:40 p.m. at Lincoln Ice Arena
Today's schedule can be found at our high school scoreboard.
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