No. 3 ranked large school Park took full advantage of a Canisius team that was at less than full strength and defeated the visiting Crusaders, 74-44, Tuesday night.
The Pioneers had four players in double-figures. Six-foot-8 junior Joe Jones, the one starter who did not hit double-digits, was the standout for Park.
"When you consider the fact that he was double and triple-teamed any time he touched, Jones played an outstanding game," said Park coach Mike Battaglia. "He had only seven points but he had 11 rebounds, four blocked shots, two assists and two steals."
"We beat them by 26 when they had everybody," Battaglia said. "Their best player and one of their bigs didn't play so it was tough for them. They competed though and they'll be heard from."
Canisius, ranked sixth among large schools, was missing Jayce Johnson, Austin James and Brendan Trapper due to illness and injury. Ryan Bradley had 20 points in trying to pick up some of the slack.
Noah Hutchins (14) Brandon Smith (13) , Daniel Scott (14)and Julius Eziukwu (12) led the scoring for Park, which outscored Canisius, 20-6, in the second quarter for a 39-24 halftime lead, then broke away by outscoring the Crusaders, 24-11, in the final quarter.
Medina rolls in the N-O
First-place Medina (13-4, 9-0 N-O) won its 10th in a row, defeating Wilson, 74-44, in a prelude to Thursday night's showdown with Newfane which may decide the Niagara-Orleans League championship.
Sophomore Johnny Salone and junior Jalin Cooper had 17 points each for the Mustangs. Vincent Montague, another sophomore, had 10 points.
"We're putting a nice string together but there's tough competition ahead," Medina coach Tom Forrestel said. "Newfane is very good. They just lost the one game to us. ... We had a balanced attack tonight, nine guys in the book. We spread the ball around, every player played unselfishly and hustled on defense."
Newfane took care of business, defeating Barker, 65-49, despite 26 points by the Raiders' Nate Luckman. Kyle DeVoogle had 24 points for Newfane.
Lancaster upsets Frontier girls
Frontier, ranked sixth among Western New York large schools, was sailing along at 9-0 in ECIC I girls basketball until the Falcons ran into Lancaster Tuesday night. The host Legends evened their division record at 5-5 upsetting Frontier, 58-43. After taking a 27-24 halftime lead the Legends dominated the third quarter (17-3)
"We came out of the locker room and executed our defensive game plan," said Lancaster coach Jayson Jaskier. "We ran a triangle and two on their two main scorers, Claire Kruska and Kennedy Izzo, and we boxed out and didn't allow any second chances."
Hanna Wozniak had 22 points for the winners, hitting three of her six three-point baskets in the third quarter. Sara Wagner had four of her eight points in the third as well.
Izzo had 12 points, Erin Henry 11 and Kruska 10 for Frontier, which fell into a first-place tie with Clarence in ECIC I.
Canisius wins Catholic swims
Canisius High rules Monsignor Martin Athletic Association boys swimming again. The Crusaders captured their 15th straight championship, outscoring St. Joe’s and St. Francis in the All-Catholic meet at ECC’s Flickinger Center.
Victories by Jake Ruffolo, who won the 100 and 200 freestyle and firsts by Dan Bowen (200 individual medley), Christian Balkin (50 free) and Kenny Bianchi (100 butterfly) led Canisius to another titoe. Also, the Crusaders' 200 freestyle relay of Ruffolo, Christian Granto, Bowen and Balin won in a state qualifying time.
Seeds set for sectional wrestling
Four wrestler with undefeated season records were among the No. 1 seeds for Saturday's Section VI qualifiers for the state wrestling championships. Willie Mcdougal of Niagara Falls (38-0) has the top seed in the 126-pound class for the Division I matches at North Tonawanda High. Steven Kapuscinski of Lockport, who is 38-0 is No. 1 at 152 pounds.
Marcus Evans of Randolph (30-0 at 106 pounds) and Nick Jones of Dunkirk (33-0 at 285 pounds) are among the No. 1 seeds for the Division II championship at Salamanca.
Starting time for both events will be 10 a.m. with finals beginning at 6 p.m.
Vikings cheerleaders won
Grand Island was first among five teams in the coed division of the Section VI cheerleading competition at Buffalo State last Saturday and will compete in the state competition in Syracuse on March 4. The Vikings' win in the coed competition was inadvertently omitted from the report on the competition published in The News.