Canisius began its defense of the Monsignor Martin Association boys basketball championship with a 72-59 victory over visiting Bishop Timon-St. Jude on Wednesday night.
The Crusaders jumped on the Tigers early, building a 16-5 first quarter lead and expanding it to 31-14 at the half. It was 51-30 at the three-quarter mark.
Austin James led a balanced Canisius attack with 17 points. Four other Crusaders scored in double figures including Brendan Trapper (12) and Jayce Johnson (11).
Master Radford led Timon with 18 points.
Canisius (9-1) last lost only to Pius X of Atlanta in a tournament over New Year’s weekend in Georgia.
It was the Monsignor Martin opener for Timon, playing its first season under Jason Rowe.
St. Francis opened its Monsignor Martin schedule with a 66-58 victory at Cardinal O'Hara behind 20 points by junior Lucas Theisen.
The Red Raiders built a 10-point halftime lead then fended off a comeback try by the Hawks.
Twelve of Theisen’s points came on three-point shots.
Nasir Benton led the Hawks with 18 points, Jermaine Haynes and Justin Hemphill each scroed 16 for O’Hara.
Greg Dolan had 39 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in Williamsville South's 74-46 triumph at Hamburg in ECIC II boys basketball. It was the third straight win without a loss in division play for the Billies.
St. Joe’s icers win
After a third place finish in the Mount St. Charles Tournament in Rhode Island, coach Rich Crozier's St. Joe's team is back concentrating on Western New York Federation play.
The Marauders returned to action Wednesday night with a 3-1 victory over Orchard Park at Leisure Rinks.
"The hockey in Rhode Island is very competitive," Crozier said. "It’s a great experience that should help our play in our league." After twice winning the Mount St. Charles, St. Joe’s was third this year, losing in the semifinals to eventual champion Fairfield Prep (Conn.).
Jayden Baldinelli scored a first period goal for St. Joe’s and assisted on a second period tally by Jacob Barberio. Baldinelli’s second goal of the game made it 3-0 before the end of the second period.
St. Joe’s (5-1-1 Fed) outshot the Spartans, 44-21.
Blake Russo scored two goals for Sweet Home in a 4-2 victory over North Tonawanda at Hockey Outlet. The Panthers improved to 7-1 in the WNY Federation Division 3.
32 for Flames' Romanowski
Junior forward Rachel Romanowski of Williamsville East followed her 30-point outing against Lancaster last week with 32 Wednesday night in a 61-50 victory over visiting Starpoint in ECIC II.
Romanowski, a power forward, is a true athlete. She also competes in swimming and in the pentathlon in track.
East evened its record at 1-1 in ECIC II, with the loss to Williamsville South.
East Aurora's Emma Brinker had a game-high 21 points, 16 rebounds, 10 blocks, three steals and six assists in leading the Blue Devils to a 46-37 nonleague victory at Jamestown. East Aurora is 5-1.
Fifteen players scored for Sacred Heart in a 93-10 romp over visiting Niagara Catholic in Monsignor Martin girls play.
Frontier drive is Saturday
The Frontier Black & Blue Booster Club will hold a Can & Bottle Drive from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, to benefit the Frontier Central Schools Sports Programs. Drop off locations are: Big Tree Elementary, 4460 Bayview Road, Hamburg; Blasdell Elementary, 3780 South Park, Blasdell; Cloverbank Elementary, 2761 Cloverbank Road, Hamburg; Pinehurst Elementary, 6050 Fairway Court, Lake View. For questions please contact Dan Dreyer at email@example.com.