Bishop Timon-St. Jude left no doubt about it. Needing a win at home against Archbishop Walsh to wrap up at least a tie for the Monsignor Martin Athletic Association League A championship, the Tigers routed the Eagles from Olean, 120-57 Tuesday night. Timon led by 38 points at halftime in overpowering the visitors.
Joe Harrison, who went over the 1,000-point mark for his career in the first half, had 26 points for the Tigers. He went into the game needing 16 points to reach 1,000. However, it was senior forward Davion Warren who led the Timon scoring with 31 points. Warren also had 11 rebounds. Tim Payne had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners.
High scorer in the game, though, was senior Tavien Kemp of Walsh with 37 points.
Timon (18-6) completed league play with a 12-2 record. St. Francis also was 12-2 but Timon will be the No. 1 seed for the Manhattan Cup playoffs.
Frannies end drought
On Senior Night at Athol Springs, St. Francis took care of St. Mary's of Lancaster, 67-48, to earn its share of the title.
St. Francis coach Brian Ferris was a senior player in 2000, the last time the Red Raiders won the Monsignor Martin regular season championship. St. Francis tied with Bishop Timon for the title that year, too, but Turner-Carroll went on to win the Manhattan Cup playoffs.
Junior Bo Sireika, didn’t start Tuesday because St. Francis followed its usual Senior Night tradition and started all its graduating squad members. Sireika entered the game to start the second quarter and soon helped turn a 13-9 deficit into a 30-25 lead at the half. He scored 16 of his 20 points in the second quarter and added a layup to start the third quarter before leaving the game when he was fouled and injured on the play.
"Bo was great," Ferris said. "He did his damage in about a quarter and a half of basketball. He was cleared to go back in the game, but I held him out."
Though it’s been a while since St. Francis stood at the top of Monsignor Martin basketball, Ferris was not surprised by his team’s achievement.
"We went into the season with winning the championship as a realistic goal," Ferris said. "We won a playoff game last year and we talked about taking the next step. It’s sort of been our motto. Our next goal is bringing back the Manhattan Cup to St. Francis. That hasn’t happened since 1978."
Emerson gets first win
First round and prequarterfinal games of the Section VI boys and girls basketball playoffs are usually uneventful with the home teams dominating.
Emerson provided one notable exception Tuesday night. The Eagles who did not win a game against tough competition in Yale Cup League I during the regular season, went to Alden and upset the Bulldogs, 71-53. Emerson was the No. 16 seed in Class B-1 while Alden was ninth. Tyree Edwards, a standout all season, led Emerson with 30 points and nine rebounds. Emerson coach Randy Rakowski switch to a man-for-man defense in the second quarter after an 11-11 tie. Result: A 28-8 advantage for the Eagles, who took a 37-19 lead into the break. Anthony Hunter had 16 points and nine rebounds for Emerson. Zakai Young had 10 points and 11 boards for the winners.