No. 1 Falcons down rivals
Health Sciences, the top team in the latest small school poll, defeated Charter Cup rival and No. 10 ranked Tapestry, 71-60.
Falcons guard Davonte Gaines had a quieter offensive game than usual, only scoring 11 points. Kameron Briggs filled in, totaling a team-high 21 points and hitting Health Sciences’ only 3-point shot of the evening.
“He was getting to the basket, finishing at the hoop,” Health Sciences coach Tyree Parker said. “He was giving us a lot of energy. If he doesn’t play as good as he did, we probably would have lost this game.”
The Falcons created separation in the third quarter, outscoring the Thunderhawks 29-17. Parker preached defense in the game. He said the team was successful creating scoring off of steals and rebounds.
Health Sciences is 7-1 and 2-0 in league, with its only loss coming to No. 1 large school Canisius.
EA tops in ranked battle
No. 8 large school East Aurora girls basketball got 30 points from Emma Brinker in a 56-50 win against No. 9 Lake Shore.
The Eagles cut the East Aurora lead to three in the final minute, but the Blue Devils sealed the win with a strong performance at the free-throw line. East Aurora went 6 for 9 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter after shooting 50 percent the rest of the game.
Brinker also notched 17 rebounds and three blocks.
East Aurora’s Sarah Tully had 12 points, five steals, five assists, 12 rebounds and was 4 for 4 from the line in the fourth quarter. Shawni and Lani Cornfield each scored 13 for Lake Shore.
Spartans icers win rematch
Williamsville North boys hockey, the defending state champions, defeated Niagara Wheatfield, 3-2, in a battle of previously undefeated teams.
Williamsville North’s Bryan Aduddle scored the game-winning goal with 9:07 remaining in the third, lifting the Spartans to 11-0-2 on the season.
Niagara Wheatfield had a 2-1 lead at the start of the third period. Kevin Martin scored the equalizer for the Spartans, while Chris Tobey notched two goals for Niagara Wheatfield.
Williamsville North and Niagara Wheatfield played to a 2-2 tie in their previous matchup on Dec. 1.
St. Francis and St. Joe’s played to a 1-1 tie at Holiday Twin Rinks. Jack Kernitz scored for the Red Raiders and Spencer Frome for the Marauders.
Indians stay undefeated
West Seneca West, the No. 4 boys basketball team in the large school poll, took care of business against Grand Island. Four players scored in double digits as the Indians defeated the Vikings, 80-47.
West Seneca West moved to 12-0 on the season.
“We’re playing very well right now,” Indians coach Des Randall said. “I can’t really ask for much more from my guys. They really bought in.”
Grand Island threw multiple defenses at West Seneca West point guard Juston Johnson, but Randall said he did a good job staying patient. He scored 21 points on 60 percent shooting.
Adrian Baugh led the Indians with 22 points, while Alex Wayland scored 15 and Nate Ryniec had 11.
Blas scores hat trick in tie
Frontier/Lake Shore/Orchard Park girls hockey outshot Monsignor Martin 48-25, but Monsignor Martin goalie Grace Harrington was up to the task. She made 45 saves in a 3-3
Most of the offense came in the first period, as FLOP took a 3-2 lead in the opening frame. Monsignor Martin’s Kayla Blas, who scored all three of the team’s goals, notched the equalizer in the second period.
Abigail Lillis and Brooke Becker each scored a goal and an assist for FLOP.
Lancaster/Iroquois/Depew’s Bethany Horvatis scored the tying goal with 40 seconds remaining and Anna Pitz scored in overtime in LID’s 4-3 come-from-behind victory against Clarence/Amherst/Sweet Home.
CASH was charged with a penalty with a 1:10 remaining in regulation, which allowed LID to get a two-player advantage once it pulled the goalie.
South Park owns boards
South Park boys basketball had a pair of monster performances on the boards, as Davis Stroud and Jayson Armstead each grabbed 20 rebounds in the Sparks’ 78-43 Yale Cup victory against Emerson.
Stroud, a junior forward/center, also scored a career-high 38 points.
MLK tourney postponed
Buffalo Public Schools Athletic Director Aubrey Lloyd said Thursday night the annual MLK Classic boys and girls basketball tournaments slated for this weekend will be postponed to still-to-be-determined dates due to the inclement weather in the forecast for Friday night and Saturday.
The boys is a two-day event slated for City Honors. The girls MLK is one-day gathering that was scheduled to be at McKinley on Saturday.