Shakur Harris’ basket with 0:07 left sent Erie Community College a 106-103 victory over Niagara County CC Wednesday night at ECC’s Flickinger Athletics Center.
NCCC had made a furious comeback to tie the game at 103-all on a three-point basket by LaTerrance Reed (Canisius).
ECC led a majority of the game though the visiting Thunderwolves had a 46-42 lead at halftime. The Kats had a double-digit lead much of the second half. It was 94-80 with 7:52 to play.
Marcus Richardson had 24 points to lead ECC. Pedro Marquez had 21 points, Kasey Walker-Gregg 16 and Shevon Anisca 15 for the winners.
Reed topped NCCC with 25 points including 4 of 7 from three-point range. Donel Cathcart (Cardinal O’Hara) had 22 for the Kats. Anisca added the second of two free throws with 5 seconds left to establish the final three-point margin.
The NCCC women's team led by 14 points after the opening quarter and rolled over the ECC women, 94-56, in the first game of the doubleheader.
Neraelyn Trueheart (Sweet Home) had 29 points and Shilah Parker (Cardinal O'Hara) had 21 in the Thunderwolves' victory. NCCC (7-6, 3-2) capitalized on 39 turnovers by the Kats (1-9, 1-4).
Aaron Shabazz had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead ECC.
MAC honors UB's Perry
Brett Perry of the University at Buffalo was named Mid-American Conference Wrestler of the Week after winning two matches at 184 pounds against Michigan State and Kent State.
Perry's win in the Bulls' 16-15 triumph over Kent State was especially vital. Trailing, 4-0, he rallied to earn a major devision over the Golden Flashes' Colin McCracken. It cut the Bulls' deficit to 15-13 and they were able to win by taking the final match of the dual.
Perry is 5-3 overall and 5-1 in his dual-meet matches this season. It was the second time he was honored by the conference as Wrestler of the Week. He also was cited last season.
Zelinski headed for Pitt
Tyler Zelinski, who passed for 16 touchdowns and 1,756 yards for Erie Community College, has accepted a preferred walk-on spot with the University of Pittsburgh. Zelinski, 6-foot-4, 200 pounds from Highland High in Medina, Ohio, is expected to enroll at Pitt in January to begin competing for quarterback position with the Panthers. Pitt recruited Nick Patti from New Jersey. Also Kenny Pickett, a freshman QB on this year's team, returns to compete for the starting job.
Before ECC, Zelinski was on the 2016 football team at Division II Ashland University but saw no game action.