East turns back clock, wins
There are a lot of states that do not use the shot clock. New York isn’t supposed to be one of them, but it was Thursday at Burgard High School.
The shot clock at the school was inoperative so they played without one, according to East coach Starling Bryant. His Panthers, who normally play high-scoring games, found a way to overcome stall ball and retained their share of first place in Yale Cup I with a 47-46 victory over Burgard.
Willard Anderson’s three-pointer with 10 seconds left was the game-winning basket for East, winners of six straight. The Panthers, which overcame a 10-point deficit by switching from zone to full-court man-to-man, pressured the ball and forced a double dribble with six seconds left. That was Burgard’s final possession.
“The only thing that saved us was changing from zone to full-court man-to-man,” Bryant said.
Anderson finished with six assists, three steals and three blocks, Justin Allen grabbed a rebound of a missed free throw with 3 seconds left to help East run out the clock.
With the win, East maintains its share of first place with South Park. The Sparks beat Emerson, 83-48, as Raymond Mushat led the winners with 24 points, while Shakur Harris had 20.
16-0 quarter carries Macks
Zaire Dorsey has won state and Yale Cup titles but one of his coached teams experienced a first Thursday.
McKinley pitched a shutout during a 16-0 first quarter to complete the season sweep of Middle Early College, 61-45. Deon Spencer and Ngendabanyikwa Elias each scored 14 to lead the Macks, who played sound half-court defense to get the jump on the Kats in this Yale Cup I clash. Nakye Booze added 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Macks, Kavon Rogers had 12 boards and Emir Evans 11.
Josh Denz’s three-pointer with six seconds left carried East Aurora to a 47-45 win over Lake Shore in ECIC III.
Medina clinches share of title
Medina capped a great week of boys basketball games by beating another quality league foe. Ten different players scored as the Mustangs clinched a share of the Niagara-Orleans League title with an 80-51 rout of Newfane.
“We’re very unselfish,” Mustangs coach Tom Forrestel said. “You just don’t know where the buckets are going to come from and that’s a nice feature to have.”
Jalin Cooper led the winners with 25 points, while Johnny Salone (13) and Izaiah Rhim (12) also scored in double figures for Medina, which beat Wilson earlier in the week. The Mustangs can finish no worst than 10-2 in the league.
Clarence takes ECIC I lead
Clarence took the lead in ECIC I with a 38-35 win over former co-leader Frontier in girls basketball.
Lauren Cullinan, Anna Davies and Ella Rose Eckert each scored 10 points to lead the Red Devils, who split the season series with Falcons and who led the division alone until a loss Tuesday against Lancaster. Davies and Eckert also shared the team lead in rebounding as each had 10.
Macayla Barry had 16 points to lead Frontier, while Claire Kruska had nine.
Clarence (16-2, 10-1) can clinch the title outright with a win Tuesday at Orchard Park.
Elsewhere, I-Prep/Grover improved to 10-1 in the Canisius Cup by edging visiting Burgard, 31-27.
“They have that 6-footer (Maryam) Johnson and she gave us a run for our money,” Presidents coach Chelsea Prophet said. “We’re a very small team. Our point guard is about 5-2.”
That point guard, Adeika Santana Santiago, led the winners with 11 points. Johnson finished with 17 points to take game scoring honors.
St. Joe’s hockey clinches division
St. Joe’s extended its unbeaten streak to 16 and won a battle between two of the state’s top-ranked teams in beating Williamsville North, 7-1, in Federation boys hockey.
Jamie Ienco had two goals and an assist as the Maruaders clinched their respective Fed division title. St. Joe’s is ranked second in the state, North third.
Bishop Timon-St. Jude scored four times in the third period to pull away from Williamsville East, 5-0, for its third straight win. Tom Parshall made 29 saves, while Ryan Miller (two goals) and Gavin Farrell (one goal, one assist) led the offense for the Tigers.
Alden wins rifle crown
Alden clinched the ECIC rifle title in unbeaten fashion, closing out a 12-0 regular season with a 1,131-1,123 win over Clarence.
Emily Szymanski led the winners with a score of 285 out of 300 for the 12-0 Bulldogs.