Alden senior Christian Snell became the seventh boys basketball player in program history to surpass the 1,000-point plateau when he scored on a drive to the basket during the second quarter of a home game against ECIC IV foe Eden.
Teams normally stop play to present a ceremonial ball, but that wasn’t the case on Saturday.
“The type of kid he is, he didn’t want to stop the game,”Alden coach Mike Trzybinski said. “He said let’s just keep going and get the win.”
The Bulldogs did just that with a 55-41 decision over the Raiders. Snell, who needed just eight points to reach the milestone, scored a game-high 30. Alexander Leigh added 12.
John-Mark Emel led Eden with 19 points, 15 of which came from three-point range.
Elsewhere, senior Davonte Gaines scored a single-game program record 52 points as Health Sciences breezed to a 95-40 win against Oracle. The Tennessee commit broke his own record of 51 points last season.
Gaines, who had seven threes, scored the first 20 points for his team and hit 1,000 on a layup with four minutes left in the first quarter to become the second player in school history to reach the mark. He also added 11 rebounds and seven assists.
Legends get payback
Lancaster’s girls basketball team avenged its lone loss of the season with a 43-34 ECIC I win at Frontier.
The Legends (10-1, 4-1) used a 16-2 third quarter to break a 19-19 tie at the half. Haley Kirisits had a team-high 16 points, while Molly Mahony added 11.
The Falcons (4-8, 4-3) were led by Claire Kruszka’s 17 points (three three-pointers).
In Niagara-Orleans League play, Albion took down No. 9 small school Akron with a dominating 63-33 win at home.
The Purple Eagles outscored the Tigers 28-7 in the second half, which included a 10-0 third quarter.
All 15 of Janae Doty’s points came from beyond the arc, and Caitlynn Snook scored 14 for Albion. Neely Abrams scored 15 points for Akron, 12 from threes.
No. 1 small school Franklinville (11-0) beat yet another ranked opponent and remained undefeated in the process with a 77-71 win at No. 7 large school East Aurora (8-3).
The Panthers drained 17 three-pointers, eight coming from Dani Haskell (35 points). Emma Brinker led the Blue Devils with 25 points.
Minnick wins diving invite
Lockport’s Jake Minnick took first place with a score of 440.35 at the Lockport Diving Invitational.
Springville’s Wyatt Fuller (430.40) came in second and Lew-Port’s Jack Bailey (326) third.
Minnick and Fuller were close to the state qualifying score of 450.00 and will be divers to watch at the Section VI Championships on Feb. 15 and 16 at UB’s Alumni Arena.
Bailey, Lockport’s Branden Rivers and Andrew Moran and Springville’s Dakota Schelbe all qualified for sectionals.