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High School Extra: Canisius hoops downs defending Section V champions

Layup seals Canisius win

Canisius boys basketball only had the lead for 19 seconds against Irondequoit, but that’s all the Crusaders needed to continue their undefeated season.

Ryan Bradley hit Jayce Johnson with a perfect pass in the closing seconds, setting up a game-winning layup to give Canisius a 48-47 victory against the defending Section V Class A champions.

The Crusaders were down 10-0 early in the first quarter and 28-15 at the half, but got back into the game with sound defense. Canisius coach Kyle Husband said it came down to the fundamentals.

“Focus, toughness, just good communication,” Husband said. “We were just playing the right way.”

Johnson and Nick MacDonald tied for the team lead in points with 13.

“It was a great game for both teams,” Husband said. “These are two really good teams in the state.”

Canisius is 5-0 heading into a Friday matchup with Cathedral Prep.

Smaller school prevails

St. Mary’s of Lancaster girls basketball, ranked No. 6 in the small school poll, handily defeated visiting No. 9 large school Lake Shore. The Lancers held the Eagles to single-digit scoring in each of the first two quarters in a 61-48 victory.

Sophomore Lauren Nawojski scored 19 points for St. Mary’s.

Milestones achieved

Williamsville South boys basketball’s Greg Dolan grabbed nine rebounds in the Billies’ 75-41 victory against West Seneca East, clinching the program’s all-time record for boards in a career.

With his performance Tuesday Dolan now has 595 rebounds, passing the previous record of 593 set in 1991.

He also scored 19 points to help Williamsville South move to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in ECIC II play.

Allegany-Limestone girls basketball forward Morgan Davis surpassed the 1,000-point mark in a 64-40 victory against Frewsburg. She scored a team-high 26 points and grabbed 19 rebounds.
Another OT in girls hockey

Amherst/Sweet Home/Clarence and Frontier/Lake Shore/Orchard Park girls hockey must be exhausted after the amount of ice time the teams have gotten the past two days.

Both teams played an overtime game Monday. CASH won in comeback fashion, defeating Kenmore/Grand Island, 7-6. FLOP lost 2-1 to Williamsville.

Unfortunately for those with tired legs, the two teams went all the way for a 4-4 tie Tuesday. Allison Greene scored for CASH in the third period to force extra time.

Mullen, Amherst beat East

Jake Mullen scored 15 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out five assists in Amherst’s 44-40 victory against Williamsvile East in ECIC II play. Coach Chris Kensy said he willed the team to victory over the tenth-ranked team in the small school poll.

The Flames had a chance to tie or win in the final 30 seconds of the game, as Williamsville East had the ball down two points. Amherst forced the Flames into a contested three, grabbed the defensive rebound and hit a pair of free throws on the other end to seal the victory.

“We just made a couple more plays than they did to end the game,” Kensy said. Amherst hosts Williamsville South on Friday.

Middle Early survives

Middle Early College girls basketball held on for a tight 51-50 win against Emerson despite being outscored by three in the final frame.

Barbara Roulhac paced the Kats with 17 points, while Shinnel Sharp scored 22 for Emerson.

Hutch-Tech won the other close game in the Canisius Cup, defeating McKinley 56-50. Salandra Debose scored 18 points and Jacinda Wilson scored 17.

The other two games on the Canisius Cup slate were one-sided victories. South Park beat East, 52-26, and I-Prep Grover defeated Burgard, 41-19.

Bishop Timon wins big

Bishop Timon-St. Jude pulled away in the fourth quarter to defeat Aquinas 67-51. Forward Alero World scored 19 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and swatted one shot. He used his 6-foot-7 frame to make an impact on both ends of the floor.

The Tigers, 4-1, play Olean Thursday.

“We’re getting better each week,” Bishop Timon coach Jason Rowe said. “We’re getting that in-game experience.”

Legendary defensive effort

Lancaster girls basketball didn’t relinquish a point to Depew in the second half of a 79-11 nonleague victory. The undefeated Legends had five players score in the double-digits.

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