Four of the top six teams in this week's boys basketball large school polls were in action on Wednesday night and all had no trouble defending their status.
No. 1 Park School built a 23-8 first-quarter lead and went on to an 82-41 victory over St. Mary's of Lancaster in Monsignor Martin Association play. Brandon Smith had 19 points for the Pioneers while Daniel Scott added 14.
No. 3 St. Francis triumphed at Christian Central, 79-40, as Bo Sireika led the way with 17 points.
No. 4 Canisius routed Niagara Catholic, 90-60 to run its record to 12-5 overall and 6-2 in the league. Eleven
Crusaders contributed to the runaway victory led by Ryan Bradley's 20 points. Canisius led 41-22 at the half.
Finally, No. 6 Bishop Timon-St. Jude had the most difficult time in a 75-63 victory at Cardinal O'Hara. Davion Warren had 22 points and Joe Harrison 17 for the Tigers, who led 36-28 at halftime.
Nichols top St. Joe's
St. Joe's is having an off year, but any win over the Marauders on their home court is a big one for Monsignor Martin rivals.
Nichols got 21 points from point guard Trent Banaszak and defeated St. Joe's 53-44.
The Vikings trailed, 12-10, after the opening quarter but outscored the home team, 17-5 in the second period.
"Our defense was outstanding," said Darren Fenn, in his first season coaching the Vikings. "We forced them to take tough shots and prevented a lot of offensive rebounds which was something we have been trying to do all year. We finally accomplished it.
"We got a lot from out bench," Fenn added. "Banaszak has been incredible the last couple of games. He's really started to come on. He's got to be my voice on the floor, especially from a leadership standpoint.
"We're continuing to evolve into a better team and that's exactly what you want. You want to keep improving throughout the season."
Mills passes sister in Kenmore East scoring
Kendall Mills scored 13 points for Kenmore East in a 49-42 nonleague win over Williamsville East Wednesday night and became the No. 3 career scorer in the Bulldogs' history with 1,181 points. In doing so, she took over the No. 3 spot from her sister, K.C. Mills who had 1,169 in her career. Joelle Pollock is the all-time leader with 1,549 points. Maria Atti is next with 1,334.
Kenmore East improved to 14-2 overall. The Bulldogs lead the Niagara Frontier League with a 10-0 record.
Serena Sordetto led victors in the East versus East battle with 18 points.
No. 3 ranked large school in girls basketball Lake Shore rolled past Maryvale, 65-41. The Eagles (14-1 overall) lead ECIC III with an 8-1 record. East Aurora and Depew are each 7-2. Shayla Scanlan and Raeann Mills had 10 points each for Lake Shore.